Shott develops seven-point plan for park’s future

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Shott develops seven-point plan for park’s future
Posted: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017
BY: Steven Law

After a lifetime of working as a guide and park ranger, Billie Shott recognizes the value of having a map in hand as he prepares to move into new territory.

Last week, Shott, superintendent for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument, unveiled a seven-point plan, which will guide the direction of the park for the next five-plus years. It’s a program he’s been developing since being named park superintendent in early 2016.

1. The beginning phase of the project involved gathering input from the park’s various partners and advocacy groups which include Glen Canyon Natural History Association, the city of Page, Coconino County, the Navajo and Hopi nations, park concessionaires and visitors, Shott said.

“It was important that we didn’t move ahead without their insight and input,” said Shott. “I wanted everyone’s opinion. We wanted to know what they liked about what we were currently doing, and in what ways we can improve. It was a very beneficial survey. We found a lot of strong trends in the data.”

This will include hiring a tribal liaison who will work with the park and the Navajo and Hopi tribes.

2. The second criteria for Glen Canyon NRA was addressing employee development, which will include more professional and personal development for its employees.

“I want us to be brilliant at the basics, and with that in mind we’ll be implementing procedures and practices that best accommodate that goal,” said Shott.

3. The third criteria is addressing the lack of affordable and adequate housing for its employees in Page’s tight housing economy, which Shott calls a “significant problem.”

“[Lack of housing] affects our turnover rate, and our job satisfaction,” Shott said.

In addressing the housing issue, park service may consider building its own employee housing, Shott said.

For the complete article see the 02-08-2017 issue.
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