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Visit Montana's 55 State Parks and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

Greetings Montana!

I wanted to introduce myself, especially to those of you who I have not had the pleasure to meet in person. I’m extremely honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Montana State Parks into the future.

Growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, I spent most of my childhood outside on pasture cow paths and trails through the woods. Serving as a wildland firefighter (on a Hotshot crew based out of Arizona) brought me to the western part of the US, and I immediately fell in love with Montana. I’ve lived all over this amazing state for the past 15 years, including five years in Eastern Montana, working as a park manager and in other positions. Throughout this time, I’ve developed a dynamic approach to build working partnerships.

I am extremely passionate about outdoor recreation, especially trails and public land access for all. Our parks and trail systems play a vital role in our well-being, especially our overall health, our economy and in our communities. With our state parks and trails systems, we provide meaningful and satisfying outdoor experiences for all users, regardless of their age or ability. These experiences reaffirm a sense of connection with the natural environment and provide opportunities for an appreciation of Montana’s natural and cultural heritage.

Montana State Parks has a lot of work ahead to build a stronger, more resilient Parks system for future generations. I promise to bring fresh leadership, energy and direction, especially moving forward with the Governor’s Parks in Focus Initiative, implementing our Strategic Plan and working with the Montana State Parks & Recreation Board. Through our state parks and affiliated programs we have the opportunity to help build a healthier and more prosperous Montana.

See you out in the field and most likely on a trail!

Beth R. Shumate
Montana State Parks Administrator


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