Dam Buster

Shenandoah National Park Trust welcomes Maureen Finnerty to our board of trustees. Maureen dedicated 31 years to the National Park Service before retiring in 2005 and brings a wealth of experience to the Trust. Among other accomplishments, Maureen helped establish the South Florida National Parks Trust and the Washington National Parks Fund, two successful sister-groups to Shenandoah National Park Trust, which support multiple national parks in Florida and Washington state, respectively.

In September of this year, people in Washington state and around the country will bear witness to an initiative Maureen spearheaded over a decade ago: the removal of two dams on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. As Superintendent of Olympic in the early 1990s, Maureen was one of several key players in securing federal legislation  that authorized the removal of the dams, which have impeded salmon migration for decades.  The dam removal will restore more than 40 miles of upstream habitat in the largest watershed on the Olympic Peninsula, most of which lies within Olympic National Park.  As Superintendent of Everglades, Maureen oversaw the largest restoration project in National Park Service history. It is no wonder that Maureen is a recipient of the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award.

Upon retiring in Northern Virginia, Maureen made the commitment to support her “hometown” national park. Shenandoah National Park Trust is extremely fortunate to benefit from her expertise and passion.