A seasoned ranger with posts in the chilly north including Glacier Bay and Crater Lake will become the new superintendent at South Florida’s subtropical Biscayne National Park, the National Park Service announced Monday.
Margaret Goodro, now superintendent at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska, takes over from Brian Carlstrom. In November, Carlstrom was promoted to deputy associate director for the service after overseeing a controversial new management plan that for the first time establishes a marine preserve to help protect part of the park’s ailing reef.
The plan has been in the works for more than a decade. But in June, Florida senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio proposed a bill that would derail the preserve by requiring the park service to go back and renegotiate with the state, which opposes limits.
Goodro grew up camping and boating in Washington state. During a 24-year career, she worked as a field manager in El Centro, California, and held ranger posts in parks in Washington and Arizona as well as Yosemite National Park and Glacier Bay and North Cascades National Parks. She has been at Lake Clark since 2013.
Goodro also has experience managing more than 30 alternative energy projects while working for the Bureau of Land Management, experience that may come in handy dealing with Florida Power & Light’s nearby nuclear power plant and a complicated clean-up effort. The plant includes a massive cooling canal that has been leaking ammonia and other pollutants into the bay. Miami-Dade County and state officials are now in the midst of working out a clean-up opposed by environmentalists who have sued, claiming FPL violated the Clean Water Act.
“I look forward to working with the park staff, stakeholders and partners to continue the great work of providing amazing recreational opportunities for visitors, while protecting and preserving this rare tropical park,” Goodro said in a statement.
And while Goodro may have roots in the north where her family ran a commercial fishing business, she does have some local ties: Her spouse, Melinda, is a Tampa native. They plan to move to South Florida in late October.
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