MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — The next superintendent of Grand Teton National Park says a family trip to northwest Wyoming as a teenager helped inspire his career with the National Park Service.
David Vela begins his new job in six weeks. He replaces Mary Gibson Scott, who has retired after nine years in the position.
Vela is a Park Service associate director in Washington, D.C. Previously he was southeast regional director and oversaw 66 park units in nine states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Vela tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide (http://bit.ly/1fgMBbs) that visiting Grand Teton as a youngster left an "indelible image" in his mind.
Grand Teton covers almost 500 square miles and is home to wolves and grizzly bears as well as the only commercial airport inside a national park.