New Superintendent coming to Bandelier May 10

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By Carol A. Clark

Jason Lott has been named superintendent of Bandelier National Monument.

Lott, 39, is currently the superintendent at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he has worked for three years.

Intermountain Regional Director Mike Snyder said in a news release that Lott is set to begin his new assignment here on May 10.

“Jason brings to his new job a passion for heritage preservation and protection, and a commitment to connect with the people of Los Alamos and surrounding communities,” Snyder said. “He has a wealth of experience and a deep appreciation for the parks.”

Lott first visited Bandelier in March 2006. He recounted during a telephone interview Thursday how he hiked the trails and visited the museum. “It’s a gorgeous area with the different terrains, the high desert and the woods,” Lott said. “We’re really looking forward to the great weather this summer. We’re down here below Phoenix and it’s already above 100 degrees.”

During his time at Casa Grande Ruins, Lott was responsible for helping establish the park’s “friends” group, implementing the annual Native American Music Fest and creating a new division for Resources Management.

Lott also planned and prepared for expansion of the monument’s visitor center, upgraded park infrastructure to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and opened an international, park-to-park relationship with Pacquime in Casa Grandes, Mexico for joint research and consultation in ruins preservation.

He also has been an active member of the Central Incident Command Team and the Vanishing Treasures Leadership Committee. 

Prior to his assignment at Casa Grande Ruins, Lott served as the Program Manager for Resources Management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City, TX. In that role, he was named the 2005 recipient of the “NPS Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management in a Small Park.” He also recently completed 20 years of service with the Army National Guard, where he commanded the 1086th Transportation Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq during 2003.

“I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to serve at Bandelier,” Lott said. “It’s a very special place with unique cultural resources, dynamic natural resources, wilderness, camping, trails, active partners and an involved gateway community. What a wonderful place for a career and for my family.”

Lott holds a master’s degree in history with an emphasis in cultural resource management from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. 

Lott, his wife Wendy – also a graduate of Northwestern State – and their two children, Sarah Lott, 11, and Jimmy Lott, 8, plan to make their home in Los Alamos.

Lott explained his wife provides sales and technical assistance for GenesisEarth, a company that provides software packages for Head Start programs, so she’s very mobile, he said.

Moving to Los Alamos with the Lott family are their two pets, Yazzy, a 3-year-old white cat and Bandit, an 8-month-old Jack Russell Terrier and Shitz Tsu mix. 

Lott replaces Brad Traver who left for personal reasons to become park superintendent of the Southern Arizona Group in Phoenix, Bandelier’s Lynne Dominy said. 

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or 662-4185 ext. 25. Read her blog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.