Dr. Jarrell Jackman, PhD.
CSPRA Honorary California State Park Ranger 2016


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Dr. Jackman’s selection as CSPRA’s 2016 Honorary California State Park Ranger was based on years of dedicated service to California and our State Parks.

The Honorary Ranger award is bestowed on an individual who has provided extraordinary service supporting the mission and goals of the California State Park Rangers Association and contributed significant achievements benefitting Californians and their parks. Dr. Jackman is a scholar, author and adventurer - and can boast that he has visited every unit of the State Park System, the final park conquest was Pt. Sal State Beach in 2008.

Recipient selection must recognize significant service that spans years or includes multiple achievements in direct support of CSPRA’s mission. Dr. Jackman has been a leader of the Trust for Historic Preservation for thirty-four years, as Historic Projects Administrator and Executive Director since 1987. In a unique partnership with the State, the Trust operates El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park that attracts 50,000 visitors annually from around the world.

The Trust, under Jackman’s leadership, has completed major construction projects for El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park: the Chapel, the Comandancia, the Northeast Corner and (the soon to be completed) Northwest Corner, making El Presidio the most fully restored Presidio in the United States. The restored Casa de la Guerra and El Presidio have become significant museums, hosting many lectures, performances, visiting exhibits and celebrations, due in large part to to his efforts.

With Dr. Jackman's guidance, the Trust has facilitated the acquisition of dozens of parcels that have more than quadrupled the size of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. served honorably on the Santa Barbara County Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission. He also served as Chairman and Board member of the California Missions Foundation, and works with agencies, museums, private foundations, schools, and businesses to ensure that the rich cultural history of the central coast not only lives on for future generations, but is accessible today.

Dr. Jackman served on the Board of the California League of Park Associations for eight years (four years in the capacity of President). He has worked tirelessly as a park advocate on issues impacting park budgets and encouraging supporters to speak up for their precious park resources. Among Dr. Jackman's honors are the prestigious Norman Neuerburg Award from the California Mission Studies Association in February 2001 and the 2006 California State Parks Dewitt Award for outstanding partnership in 2010.

Dr. Jackman has been honored several times as a result of his outstanding work. Representative Lois Capps rose to pay tribute to Dr. Jackman during a session of Congress in 2006. Dr. Jackman served honorably on the Santa Barbara County Historic Landmarks Advisory Commission and has consistently been a forceful voice for the preservation of county historical structures. Among Dr. Jackman's honors are the prestigious Norman Neuerburg Award from the California Mission Studies Association in February 2001 and the 2006 California State Parks Dewitt Award for outstanding partnership.

Dr. Jackman is passionate about California’s parks, and continues to make significant contributions since retiring last year. He is incredibly deserving of recognition as CSPRA’s 2016 Honorary California State Park Ranger.
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