Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Park Service taps Sausalito woman to head Point Reyes National Seashore

April 27, 2010, 2:59 pm

A Marin native and Sausalito resident has been tapped as superintendent of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Cicely Muldoon, 44, is expected to take over the post in mid-May, replacing Don Neubacher, who took the superintendent post at Yosemite National Park earlier this year.

"I feel like I won the lottery," said Muldoon, a Marin Catholic High School graduate, who went on to earn a bachelor's degree in zoology at the University of California at Davis before joining the National Park Service.

She will manage the 90,000-acre park that has 28 protected species, 10 percent of all that exist in California. The park has a staff of 150 people and 2.4 million annual visitors.

"Cicely brings an incredible mix of professional expertise, creativity and common sense to every assignment," said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, who made the announcement Friday.

The new superintendent would like more people to experience the park, including those who have not had easy access before, such as disabled children.

"There is a huge opportunity to create more accessibility to wilderness," she said.

Muldoon has served as a deputy regional director of the National Park Service's Pacific West Region since 2005. The region encompasses more than 50 national parks in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and the Pacific Islands; the regional office is in Oakland.

Muldoon, who lives on a Sausalito houseboat, began her career with the National Park Service in 1985.

She has worked at Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Presidio in San Francisco; Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska; Buffalo National River in Arkansas; and the National Park Service headquarters office in Washington DC. She served as superintendent of both Pinnacles National Monument in California and San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington state prior to her job in the Pacific West Regional Office.

"Being a superintendent is my favorite job because it is very hands-on," she said.

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