California State Parks: Droughts

California State Parks contain a breadth and depth of cultural resources that are truly impressive. The organization’s tasks range from protecting and preserving natural and cultural resources and involves engagement with tribal groups. On the heels of our interview with Dr. Bond from October 21st, this show about CA State Parks also highlights the threats of climate change and the responses of this department, other state agencies and their partners, has for dealing with events that are affecting our cultural resources. The region in the spot light tonight is California and the topics will cover drought as well as site maintenance (such as dealing with vandalism). Joining us tonight is Dr. Leslie Hartzell and she will be shining an interesting light on this Golden State.


Dr. Leslie Hartzell

Leslie Hartzell has an extensive history with California State Parks. She was a graduate student assistant and worked as an archaeologist in the 1980s. She also worked at the California State Historic Preservation Office.

She received her PhD. in Anthropology (Archae

090-P84562Headquarters Staff Photos©2014, California State ParksPhoto by Brian Baer

090-P84562Headquarters Staff Photos©2014, California State ParksPhoto by Brian Baer

ology) from UC Davis in 1992; and then earned a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She conducted field work in Australia through La Trobe University in Melbourne. She also worked with indigenous Australians on repatriation issues.

She also worked at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, where she developed the Museum’s Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) policy.

Leslie returned to State Parks in 2001, managing the Central Service Center in Monterey before moving to Sacramento to manage the Museum & Interpretation Section at the Northern Service Center. In this capacity, she led a team of curators, interpreters, and exhibit designers to develop and install award-winning exhibits in several California State Parks. She has worked with boards and associations, consulted with Native American groups, managed personnel matters, and shepherded expenditures.

Her current duties as Chief of the Cultural Resources Division include being the Department’s Tribal Liaison, and Departmental Preservation Officer.


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