Fran P. Mainella was the 16th Director of the National Park Service of the United States and first woman to hold that position. The National Park Service ( NPS) is the United States federal agency that manages all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation The United States of America —commonly referred to as the She was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives She announced her retirement in July of 2006 and resigned effective Ocotber 15th, 2006. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Mary A. Bomar, was sworn-in as the 17th Director on October 17, 2006. Mary A Bomar is the 17th Director of the National Park Service of the United States. Events 539 BC - King Cyrus The Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. 
She was born in Connecticut and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree from Central Connecticut State College. Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. A bachelor's degree is usually an Undergraduate Academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three four or in some cases and The University of Connecticut ( Connecticut or UConn) is the State of Connecticut 's Land-grant university. Central Connecticut State University is a state university in New Britain, Connecticut. Prior to her position at the National Park Service, she served as the Director of Florida's Division of Recreation and Parks for 12 years . Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the
In 1998 she received the Pugsley Medal “ for outstanding leadership in enhancing the Florida State Park system” In addition Clemson University, and the Hartzog Fund named an award after her in 2003 in recognition of her service. The Mainella award is subtitled the "Outstanding Woman in Park Resources Award. "
She currently is a visiting scholar at Clemson University. In addition she serves on Newsweek Magazine’s Environmental Council, she sits on the advisory board for the Children and Nature Network, she helps Chair the National Recreation and Park Foundation, and is a board member for the National Society of Park Resources. Newsweek is an American weekly Newsmagazine published in New York City.
In 2002, Clemson University presented her with its Walter T. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Cox Award, which recognizes leadership in public service, public land administration, and natural and cultural resource policy. The American Recreation Coalition also presented her with its 2002 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. In 2006, she was awarded the William Penn Mott, Jr. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Award for Excellence by the National Society for Park Resources. In 2007, the Clemson University Board of Trustees presented her with an award for faculty excellence. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Clemson also recently named an award in her honor to encourage women to pursue conservation careers. Most recently Fran was presented the 2007 Pugsley Award for outstanding national leadership, the highest award given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
During her tenure as Director, "several Western senators. . . expressed concern about the emphasis the Park Service put on recreation over conservation. "  An outcry by park service employees,   environmental groups, and the public ensued in 2005 after the Park service released planned changes in management policies which would have opened more areas to recreational uses of ATVs and snowmobiles, and weakened land conservation requirements. An all-terrain vehicle (ATV is defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI as a vehicle that travels on low pressure tires with a seat that is straddled by A snowmobile (known locally as snowmachine, snowsled or by the Brandname Ski-Doo) is a land vehicle that is commonly propelled by 
The August 2005 rewrite of the parks’ Management Policies sparked nationwide controversy when it was leaked and the author identified as Department of the Interior appointee Paul Hoffman. 
Hoffman had previously served as an aide to Dick Cheney. Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30 1941 is the forty-sixth and current Vice President of the United States.  In June of 2006 Mainella won praise from the public and environmentalists when she retreated from the proposed changes, and announced revised park service management policies.