Julie Galonska

Julie Galonska

Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix & Namekagon will be hosting a farewell open house Thursday, Oct. 21 to celebrate outgoing National Park Service Superintendent Julie Galonska. 

Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix & Namekagon, the official nonprofit partner of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, can attest to Julie’s thoughtful and intelligent leadership. “Julie has been a great friend to our organization. She is a resourceful leader that balanced the needs of the river with the needs of the people that enjoy it,” says Deb Ryun, executive director of the Conservancy. 

For the last six years, Galonska has served as superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. On Nov. 7, Julie takes a new post in Massachusetts as the superintendent of Lowell National Historic Park. The park is a living monument to the dynamic human story of the Industrial Revolution, recognized nationally for its thriving partnerships, engaging experiences and community connection.

“Julie understands the importance of creating opportunities for people to experience and care for the Riverway, says Ryun. “Whether we were collaborating on initiatives to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species or bringing the riverway to K-12 classrooms with Rivers Are Alive, Julie has exemplified what it means to be a true river steward,” Deb notes. “The Riverway is a better place because of her; she will be missed.”

To celebrate Julie’s tenure with the Riverway, plan to join us at the Wild Rivers Conservancy new home at 1015 N Cascade Street in Osceola from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Oct. 21.  This is a free event, but registration is required as space is limited. To register please visit www.wildriversconservancy.org/events.

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