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Roland H. Wauer Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Nature Conservation

Mr. Wauer helped to develop and establish the National Park Service Resource Management Training Program

An achievement to Mr. Roland H. Wauer's credit includes the development and establishment of the National Park Service Resource Management Training Program.

    BRYAN, TX October 04, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Roland H. Wauer has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Having accrued over 30 years of impeccable expertise in the field of nature conservation and research, Mr. Wauer has been a member on the board of trustees for the National Parks and Conservation Association since 1995. He retired from his professional career in 1989, having served as a resource specialist on behalf of the Caribbean National Park Service, in Saint Croix since 1986. Previously, Mr. Wauer had held the roles of an assistant superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, from 1983 to 1986, the chief of the division of natural resources for the National Park Service in Washington D.C. between 1979 and 1983, the chief scientist of Southwest Region National Park Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 1972 to 1979, the chief park naturalist of Big Bend National Park in Texas from 1966 to 1972, and as a park naturalist at both Zion National Park in Utah and Death Valley National Monument in California from 1957 to 1966.

Before embarking on his professional journey, Mr. Wauer expected to be drafted into the armed forces to fight in the Korean War, but a fateful injury prevented him from being conscripted. In the penultimate weeks leading to his university graduation, he received a call and accepted the position of a park ranger at Crater Lake National Park. Throughout his illustrious career as a park conservationist, he has written prolifically, penning numerous books and contributing to various articles published in professional journals of note. Some of his most recent authored works have included "Song Birds of the West: Personal Encounters" in 2019, "Wild Critters I Have Known" in 2018, "My Wild Life, A Memoir of Adventures Within America's National Parks" in 2014, "The American Kestrel" in 2005, "Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley" in 2004, and "Birding the Southwestern National Park" in 2004, to name a few.

In light of his impressive body of work and experience in the field, Mr. Wauer has been the recipient of several accolades and honors. Moreover, the National Park Service has presented him the First Francis Jacot Award in 1988, a Special Achievement Award in the same year, and a Special Achievement Award for his work between the years 1974 and 1975. He likewise accepted a commendation by the Secretary of the Interior in 1980. Another achievement to Mr. Wauer's credit includes the development and establishment of the National Park Service Resource Management Training Program, which has resulted in every national park in the nation having its own resource specialist.

Mr. Wauer pursued his education at San Jose State University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management in 1957. During this time, he was greatly influenced by his mentor, Dr. William Maywalt, who guided him in fascinating ornithology projects which sparked his interest in birding. He subsequently concluded his academic efforts at Sul Ross State University, obtaining a Master of Science in biological sciences in 1970. In order to remain aware of developments in the field, Mr. Wauer has been affiliated with the George Wright Society, the American Birding Association, and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.

Mr. Wauer's primary motivation for pursuing his line of work was an abiding appreciation for the natural beauty and resources which surround us. Though it has involved more bureaucracy than he had initially anticipated, his experience in Washington, D.C. establishing the resource management training program proved to be a worthwhile investment. Mr. Wauer is greatly concerned with the rapid progression of climate change, as it has affected the behavior patterns of numerous animals and their predators, to say nothing of the effects on vegetation, and views the issue as a persistent threat going forward into the future.

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