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Podcast 95: Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk

Podcast 95: Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk

Recognizing June as Great Outdoors Month, this week’s podcast begins with a description of the size and scope of the outdoor industry.

A report provided by the Outdoor Industry Association notes that Americans spend a whopping $646 billion on outdoor recreation each year. The industry is responsible for 6.1 million jobs, and almost $80 billion in state, local and federal tax revenue.

More than 140 million Americans – about 45 percent of the nation’s population – make outdoor recreation a part of their daily lives, the association noted.

To view the report, click here.

This week’s guest is Dan Wenk, the superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. He also served as the acting director of the National Park Service during the transition in the early years of the Obama administration.

For four years, he served as the deputy director of operations for the National Park Service and supervised all 394 national park and national monument sites. He is widely respected in the National Park Service and throughout the outdoor recreation industry.

Wenk describes his history with the park service and why he settled on the outdoor industry as a career.

He also talks about Yellowstone in particular and what the National Park Service is doing to improve services for RV users. He even offers some advice for people who chose to visit national parks, especially Yellowstone.

For more information on Yellowstone National Park, visit

For more information on all national parks and monuments, visit

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About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report.

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