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Montana State Parks Employee Named Professional of the Year By the Montana Recreation and Park Association

(Helena, MT) – A Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) employee Jarret Kostrba, acting manager at Pictograph Cave State Park near Billings, was honored as Young Professional of the Year by the Montana Recreation and Park Association at its Missoula conference last week.

“Jarret has a bright future ahead of him,” said Chas Van Genderen, Administrator of Montana State Parks. “He stepped in a year ago as park manager at Pictograph Cave State Park, one of our 54 state parks, and very quickly brought that park’s operations to a new level of excellence.”

Kostrba revamped Pictograph Cave State Park’s retail store, expanded the park’s interpretive programming, and is supervising a series of operational projects that will enhance the park's ability to display artifacts and provide information to visitors about the site.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized in this way by the Montana Recreation and Park Association,” Kostrba said.

The MRPA, an affiliate of the National Recreation and Park Association, annually recognizes its members’ outstanding service and performance.

Pictograph Cave State Park’s three-cave complex, Pictograph, Middle and Ghost caves, is where generations of prehistoric hunters once camped. The caves were the site of Montana's first professional archaeological excavations beginning in 1937. In the 2012 season (May- August) nearly 23,500 people visited Pictograph Cave State Park.

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