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NSP Director George Hartzog

NPS Director, January 9, 1964 - December 31, 1972:

When George Hartzog, Jr., became the NPS's director in 1964, he had already spent almost 20 years in the bureau. A dynamic, politically astute manager, Hartzog welcomed some 70 new areas to the National Park System during his tenure as director. He also greatly enlarged the NPS's role in urban recreation, historic preservation, interpretation, and environmental education. Closely identified with the expansionist policies of the Johnson-Udall administration, Hartzog was less appreciated by its successor, the Nixon administration, and was dismissed in 1972.