November 2019

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Eric Veach

Eric Veach
Kenai Fjord Superintendent

Spotlight: Introducing Kenai Fjord’s new superintendent

Editor’s Note: As part of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service (NPS), Cruise News will profile the superintendents of some of Alaska’s most popular parks.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I’ve recently started as the superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park. I previously worked for over 16 years in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Copper Center. I’ve also worked on a number of national forests, including the Tongass National Forest.

I enjoy fishing and hunting, along with farming. I grew up on a small farm in western Oregon and for now I’m keeping my 360-acre farm near Copper Center. I’m the proud father of two teenagers.

I consider myself an Alaskan and I like working on Alaska issues. I’m happy living in Alaska, facing the challenges Alaska poses while enjoying everything our great state has to offer.


What interested you in working at a national park and how did you get started?

My training is as a fisheries biologist. Both nationally and globally there are many examples of fish populations that have been overexploited or that have had their habitat altered greatly. Unfortunately, our track record of restoring fish populations hasn’t been very successful. read more