Long-time Alaska State Parks employee Jack Blackwell has been appointed Superintendent for the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state parks.
According to a release from the state parks division, Blackwell will oversee the Kenai River Special Management Area, Kachemak Bay State Park, the state recreation areas along the western Kenai Peninsula and the state marine parks in Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound.
Blackwell began working for the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation in 1984 as a temporary trail crew employee in Juneau. In 1990, he was hired as a Natural Resource Technician based out of the Juneau office. He served as the Division’s lead staff person in Sitka where he worked as a Park Ranger from 1991 until 2002. Since 2002, he has been a District Ranger working in the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area.
“Jack has a solid background in state park management. As a long time resident of this state, he understands Alaska issues and how important it is to work with stakeholders, agencies, and organizations that have an interest in our state park system,” said State Parks Director Ben Ellis.
Ellis appointed Blackwell to the position after the retirement of Jack Sinclair, the previous area parks superintendent.