Officially known as Dr. William C. Tweed, you can call him Dr. Tweed, Bill, or Tweed. To me, he’s Bill. Bill is a rare breed in many ways, one of which we have in common: he is a native Californian. Bill attended the College of the Sequoias, the University of the Pacific, and Texas Christian University, where he earned both masters and doctorate degrees in history.
For more than thirty years Bill was a career employee of the United States National Park Service, where he worked at various times as a historian, ranger-naturalist, park planner, concessions management specialist, public affairs specialist, and park manager. He spent most of these years at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California, spending the final decade of his career there as the parks’ Chief Naturalist.
Bill is the author or co-author of a number of books, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the Story Behind the Scenery; Challenge of the Big Trees, A Resource History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks; Recreation Site Planning and Improvements in National Forests, 1891-1942; and Death Valley and the Northern Mohave, A Visitor’s Guide. His latest book, Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks, was published in October 2010 by University of California Press. He is currently at work on a new project — a cultural history of the giant sequoias of California.
Bill also serves as a newspaper columnist, field naturalist, lecturer, and consultant. Recent clients include: National Parks Advisory Committee; National Geographic Society; National Parks Conservation Association; Sequoia Field Institute; Sierra Nevada Alliance; Sequoia Riverlands Trust; San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust; California Native Plant Society; U.S. Forest Service, Sorensen’s Resort; Oakland Museum of California; Wildling Museum, Orinda Hiking Club; Save the Redwoods League; the Province of San Juan, Republic of Argentina; and the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in Scotland.