“The conservation of lands and educating people about the importance of conservation is an obligation we have now for our children and future generations.”
After receiving her Bachelor of Science of Degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Jane headed west to Yellowstone National Park. It was the beginning of a 40+ year career with the National Park Service (NPS). Jane worked in National Parks from Alaska (Denali) to Everglades to Washington DC (George Washington Memorial Parkway) including Mesa Verde National Park where she managed the rehabilitation of the 1996 Chapin 5 fire and the Save America’s Treasure program. In Alaska she met and married Will Morris, fellow Ranger, with whom she shared many National Park adventures until his change of career to become a Methodist minister. Jane retired from the NPS in 2015 where she had worked for the National Office in Lakewood, Colorado as the Deputy Fee Manager for the service. She and Will returned to Cortez in 2015 when he was assigned the First United Methodist Church of Cortez. Will retired from the ministry in 2017 and remains active in the community. They bought a house and small acreage in Dolores with beautiful views of Mesa Verde and the Sleeping Ute. “I felt like I was coming back home” she said. She is very interested in the conservation of the lands in the area and was honored to be asked to join the Board of the Montezuma Land Conservancy.