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Background: "Parkie" and ecologist.
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking and cross-country skiing. "From the far reaches of Gates of the Arctic and Noatak National Preserve to New York City's Central Park, I have been fortunate to work and play in some magnificent landscapes," Matsil said.
Work: Juneau Parks and Recreation director.
Training program: Father of twin 2-year-old girls. "It has been a perpetual and wonderful treadmill," Matsil said.
Inspiration: The Juneau work force.
Accomplishments: Environmental Protection Agency National Wetlands Award and Society for Ecological Restoration International Sperry Award.
Challenges: Balancing park programming, while meeting the needs of the community with limited funds, Matsil said.
Near death experiences: Close encounter with a moose in rut. "This occurred the autumn of 1982 while I was employed as the Aniakchak National Preserve's first Natural Resources Specialist Ranger while hiking a game trail," Matsil said.
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.
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