Meet our Keynote Speaker:
John Cannella, Deputy Superintendent, National Trails Intermountain Region, National Park Service
John is currently the Deputy Superintendent for the National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) office within the National Park Service. NTIR administers or co-administers nine national historic trails (Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, Pony Express, Santa Fe, Old Spanish, Trail of Tears, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trails), manages the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, and leads feasibility studies and other planning for potential and new additions to the National Trails System. John has held several GIS-related positions focusing on a diversity of topics that have included trails, natural and cultural resources management, plant ecology, paleoecology and global change. While the GIS Coordinator for NTIR, John helped co-found the National Trails System GIS Network, an open group that hosts regular discussions regarding the use of GIS for the National Trails System. Prior to joining the National Park Service in 2004, John worked for other federal agencies, universities, and nonprofits. John has a B.S. in Biology from St. Lawrence University, pursued graduate coursework in Rural Geography, and received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.