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During his career, Jarvis has backed removal of dams blocking salmon streams near Olympic National Park in Washington. He reduced development around Crater Lake National Park in Oregon to improve water quality. And he got into hot water recently with US Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California for fighting a commercial oyster operation in a bay at Point Reyes National Seashore because he believed it would harm the marine ecosystem.

During his recent tenure as regional director overseeing national parks in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Idaho, Jarvis criticized attempts to weaken park protection codes, end public education programs, and outsource ranger jobs to the private sector.

"He has credibility [among resource professionals] not only because he spoke out, but because he came up inside, through the ranks. He's not an outsider," Mr. Galvin says. "He knows the agency culture, its traditions, and its mandate for the American people. He didn't buckle under."

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