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National Park Service director Mainella resigns

Updated: July 27, 2006, 7:15 PM ET
By Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press — July 27, 2006

WASHINGTON — The head of the National Park Service said Wednesday she will resign, ending a five-year tenure at an agency often at odds with environmentalists and Westerners.

Critics have said the agency put too much emphasis on recreation, shifting its focus from conservation. Fran Mainella recently oversaw a revision of management policies for the parks under the agency's care.

A Park Service statement said Mainella was leaving to spend more time to her family. Mainella did ...

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