MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE The Mojave National Preserve has named a new leader who will be starting next month.

Stephanie Dubois was selected as the new superintendent of the Mojave National Preserve last week by the Pacific West Region of the National Parks Service. The superintendent is the manager for the park and is responsible for all of its operations, said Linda Slater, public information officer for the Mojave National Preserve.

"I'm looking forward to working with her," said Slater.

Dubois will be replacing former superintendent Dennis Schramm, who retired last fall. Dubois has more than 30 years of experience working for the National Park Service and was formerly serving as the deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park in Montana.

Although Dubois used to work in Montana, she said that she was looking forward to working in the desert because she used to live in the desert.

"I have lived and worked in the Sonoran Desert and in the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, and now I am looking forward to learning about and exploring the challenges, ecosystems, features and moods of the Mojave," said Dubois in a prepared statement. "I am also thrilled to take the helm of Mojave National Preserve following Dennis Schramm, who set a great tenor in working with others to protect and interpret a remarkable ecosystem."

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