Dove Luidhardt New Supervisor at White Tank Mountain Regional Park
A native Arizonan who grew up in Apache Junction near the Superstition Mountains, Dove Luidhardt is the recently appointed White Tank Mountain Regional Park Supervisor, replacing Raymond Schell.
With a love of Arizona and pride in its natural areas, she laid the foundation for her career in Parks and Recreation Management as a recreation leader at Usery Mountain Regional Park while still in high school. Her love of the outdoors began with family trips to national parks and with visits to her grandparents’ home near Payson where she hiked the Mogollon Rim.
Luidhardt attended Northern Arizona University majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Parks and Recreation Management Her first job was as an education ranger at Arches National Park in Utah. She moved on to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where she manned a remote, back country ranger station. Prior to coming to WTMRP, she worked for a private company as a hiking and backpacking guide.
Asked about goals, Luidhardt stated that she plans to learn the cultural and natural resources in the park and to hike all the trails. She commented that she is very pleased with the mix of new and experienced eyes among the park staff and looks forward to getting to know them better.
Luidhardt and her Australian cattle dog, Timber, live in Waddell. She is delighted to put down roots where she can experience community and fulfill her passion for the outdoors and commitment to public service in her new home and career.
Ranger Justin Williams Aims to Create New Footprints
With abundant energy, a winsome smile, and plenty of qualifying education and experience to implement his passions, Justin Williams has assumed the role of White Tank Mountains Regional Park Interpretive Ranger.
A native New Yorker, he earned his B.S. degree in Bio/Chemistry from SUNY Postdam College and later moved on the University of Southern Mississippi to earn a degree in Marine Biology. While at SUNY Potsdam, Williams gained experience in adult education by teaching Sustainable Agriculture.
After moving to Arizona, he worked at Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium learning to care for and “play with” the animals. He did outreach programs with many different animals including mountain lions, lizards, snakes, skunks, and more.
Williams stated that he simply loves to answer people’s questions about the plants and animals around them. His patience is truly a virtue as he helps individuals gain knowledge and confidence related to their environment.
When asked about his biggest challenge ahead, he stated that it was filling the shoes of his predecessor Jessica Bland. “Jessica has done amazing things for the WTMRP and, hopefully, I can fill those footprints that she left behind,” Williams shared. He also cites the volume of history to be learned about the park and mountains as a challenge.
A White Tank Mountains Conservancy steward since he moved to Arizona, the Conservancy and our partner Maricopa County Parks welcome Ranger Justin Williams!