Jason Lott became superintendent at Bandelier in May 2009. He has overseen the rehabilitation of the visitor center and response to the extensive and continuing impacts from the Las Conchas fire, including the installation of an ongoing shuttle service to bring visitors to and from the monument. Lott came to Bandelier from the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he was also superintendent. In 2005 he won the NPS director’s award for natural resource management in a small park while program manager for resources management at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas.
Al Lookofsky graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1971 with a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management. After working for the Corps of Engineers as a Park Ranger from 1974 at Old Hickory Lake and Cordell Hull Lakes in Tennessee, he transferred to Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois were he retired in 2005 as the lead Ranger for the Interpretive Services section. Previous lead Ranger assignments include the Visitor Assistance and Recreation/Management sections. He also has taught courses across our country in Operation and Maintenance Contracting, Campground Design, and Primitive Technologies.
Al started his association with NWF while still in college at the first three summers of the NWF youth camps and has also worked with either the youth program or adult programs at ten summits. He is a past president, secretary, and board member for the Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology. Recipient of Legends Award presented annually by the Recreation Coalition to an outstanding employee in each of the federal lands management agencies. Received first Hiram M. Chittenden Award for interpretive excellence presented to an employee in the St. Louis District Corps of Engineers.
Hobbies include knife collecting, Native American (Stone Age) technologies, hunting, and gardening. Al is married to Betsy and they have two children, Walt and Alice. Betsy is a high school biology teacher and enjoys reading and walking. Walt is a practicing defense attorney. Alice is soon to be a Special Agent for Diplomatic Security.
Brian Barton is a State Park Ranger. He will be speaking about birds and doing early morning bird walks. In addition, on Friday morning, join Brian for “Breakfast With a Ranger”, where you can enjoy an informal breakfast with Brian and ask any questions that you would like answered about a modern day ranger’s life in the Lake Tahoe Basin as compared to their job historically.