The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Lory Student Center North Ballroom

Join us for a public lecture and author reception with Jonathan B. Jarvis, former Director of the National Park Service and current Executive Director of the University of California Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity

Jonathan B. Jarvis was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009 as the Director of the National Park Service (NPS), serving for the entire eight years of the Obama administration. During his tenure, he led the agency through its Centennial, adding 22 new parks, achieving its largest budget in history and raising over $400 million in philanthropic support. His stated goal was to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates and from all measures, the effort was highly successful. Jarvis began his NPS career as a seasonal interpretive ranger on the National Mall in 1976. Jarvis moved up through the NPS as a protection ranger, park biologist, and Superintendent at parks such as Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, North Cascades National Park in Washington and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Prior to his appointment as Director, Jarvis served as the Regional Director of the Pacific West Region of the NPS, with responsibility for 58 units of the national park system in the Pacific states and islands. Throughout his career, Jarvis has focused on the application of sound science in park management and increasing the relevance to all Americans of the National Parks through the places that are protected and the stories they interpret.  He is a veteran of many conservation battles and multiple successes including the endangered Channel Island Fox recovery, Olympic National Park dam removals, and the removal of the oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Mr. Jarvis has a bachelor of science degree in biology and an honorary PhD from the College of William and Mary, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School. Jarvis is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the National Recreation and Park Association’s Legend Award, Sierra Club’s Edgar Wayburn Award, International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Fred Packard Award and the American Alpine Club’s David R. Brower Conservation Award.  Jarvis has been a tireless champion of relevancy, diversity and inclusion, adding multiple new parks and landmarks that tell the stories of minorities and women. In 2016, he also received the Champions Award from the Japanese American Citizens League for decades of work preserving the places and revealing the stories of Japanese American imprisonment during World War 2.  He is currently the Executive Director of the University of California Berkeley Institute Parks, People and Biodiversity focused on bridging the work of research and application to parks and protected areas in the United States and around the world, and creating the next generation of conservation leaders.

Center for Protected Area Management, The Salazar Center for North American Conservation, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Warner College of Natural Resources, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Office of International Programs, Center for Collaborative Conservation, Public Lands History Center, Department of History