WASHINGTON — The National Park Service has named Frank Lands its regional parks manager for the western Pacific, which covers the Department of the Interior for regions 8, 9, 10 and 12.
Lands has over 20 years of experience in natural and cultural resource management and conservation programs with the US military.
He comes from the United States Army from Fort Bliss, Texas, where he served as deputy garrison commander. Lands begins his new role on January 16.
Lands comes to the National Park Service “with a wealth of leadership experience directing natural resources, cultural resources, and conservation programs with the U.S. military as well as infrastructure and emergency services and public safety programs. having overseen operations in one of our nation’s most diverse military garrisons,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “His experience aligns with the NPS mission and will meet the needs of the one of our largest regions as the NPS continues to face the challenges of unprecedented wildfires, drought and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
As regional director, Lands will lead more than 65 parks in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, parts of Arizona and Montana, and the territories of Guam, Samoa Americas and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Washington, along with Idaho, most of Oregon, and parts of Montana, make up Region 9.
“Throughout my career, I’ve looked for opportunities to go back to my roots in natural resources,” Lands said. “It’s an honor to support the mission of the National Park Service and the people who protect and preserve some of our country’s most important places. I’m thrilled to work with parks and programs to support the Great American Outdoors Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law I look forward to working together to reduce maintenance backlogs, improve infrastructure and have the opportunity to explore the more than 65 parks in the region.
Lands began his career in the U.S. Army as an environmentalist and forester in 2000.
Over the past 10 years, he has served as Deputy Garrison Commander at five major Army posts and installations.
One of those positions was in Italy, where he created a program to connect Americans to their new Italian communities.
Through his work, he collaborated with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a Memorandum of Understanding for better management of endangered species on behalf of the US Army Installation Management Command Atlantic Region.
Lands has been deployed twice to Iraq to support infrastructure and facilities management activities for the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development.
Additionally, Lands served seven years in the United States Army Military Police.
Most recently, Lands served as deputy garrison commander at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he led settlement operations in support of the Department of Health and Human Services’ mission to house 10,000 unborn children. accompanied, and State Department and Homeland Security missions to house and assimilate more than 10,000 Afghan evacuees.
Lands also led multimillion-dollar capital improvement projects and worked to meet a U.S. Army housing need at Fort Bliss, Texas.
In the same role, Lands managed the Army’s largest cultural resource management program with over 19,000 archaeological sites and 550 historic buildings.
Additionally, he managed a workforce of more than 3,800 military, civilian and contractor professionals. His experience in the US military has fostered relationships with federal, local and international governments to improve collaboration and communication.