It's been five months since Chad Trautman took over as Park Manager at Fort Stevenson in Garrison.
Since replacing long-time Park Manger, Dick Messerly, Trautman says its been very exciting taking on the leadership role.
He had been with the park the past seven years as a park ranger.
Trautman had very big shoes to fill after Messerly left.
Last year, the park set record numbers and this year those numbers were even higher.
In fact 27% higher on the park's visitor count.
Trautman believes the park is benefiting from the population increase around the region.
Improving the tree shelter belts, increase in recreation including loner programs and other minor issues are some ideas for improving the park.
He says there were two reason he accepted the job, one being his love for nature and two being the location.
(Chad Trautman, Park Manger, Ft. Stevenson) "Garrison is a wonderful community. My wife was a little hesitant about coming here and then when she came here she just fell in love. Now I have mentioned jokingly about possibly going to another park in the system and she has said absolutely no to that. To me I have had the same sentiment about the community, the community of Garrison is a wonderful community to be a part of."
Trautman said he plans on finishing out his career as Park Manger at Fort Stevenson.
In addition, both had recently been released from state prison.
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