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SKAGWAY, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service has named 33-year veteran Mike Tranel the new superintendent of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Montana and Wyoming.

In addition, Tranel will serve as group superintendent of several park units in eastern Montana and Wyoming.

Tranel, who grew up on Wyoming and Montana ranches not far from Bighorn Canyon, will directly oversee the two-state recreation area and supervise the superintendents of three historically significant Park Service units in the region. Those units are the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, Devils Tower National Monument and Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming.

He has served for the past seven years as superintendent of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska.

He will take over his new duties in late May.