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National parks nominee from Oregon pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale

Charles Sams III of Oregon is slated to lead the National Park Service, including Crater Lake National Park. (National Park Service)

President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the National Park Service told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday he would work to rebuild the agency’s workforce, which has shrunk even as park attendance hits new records.

Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service. He is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla . . .