Mount Rainier manager named San Juan park chief

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Lee Taylor has managed the information and education program at Mount Rainier National Park for the past three years. Now she's been named superintendent at San Juan Island National Historical Park.

Taylor is a 30-year career employee of the National Park Service. She replaces Peter Dederich, who recently transferred to the Park Service's Pacific West Regional Office in Seattle. Taylor will start her new job April 22.

In her recent work at Mount Rainier, Taylor has been in charge of developing new exhibits, publications and the park's website. Taylor and her staff operate the park visitor centers, lead educational programs for visitors, school groups and communities, and manage a program of 1,800 volunteers each year.

She also has worked at Fort Vancouver National Historic Preserve, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and Craters of the Moon National Monument.

The San Juan Island park attracts about 265,000 visitors each year.