John Reynolds

John Reynolds was born when his father was a Park Ranger in Yellowstone National Park. He holds a master's degree in landscape architecture from the State University of Forestry at Syracuse University, New York. In 1966, he began a career at the National Park Service (NPS) in the United States, where he worked for nearly 40 years in various roles: landscape architect, park planner and manager, program director, deputy director, etc. . He is recognized for having established sustainable environmental practices within parks. As Deputy Director of the NPS, he was a member of the United States World Heritage delegation from 1995 to 2001. During this period he attended meetings of the Committee and the Bureau, and provided technical assistance to determine the United States position on some of the issues discussed by the Committee.

Retired from the NPS since 2002, John Reynolds has continued to be involved with national parks through his involvement with the National Park Foundation, where he was vice-chairman from 2005 to 2007. He has sat on several committees and boards for various organizations, including the Presidio Trust, the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Student Conservation Association. He holds the Distinguished Service Award from the US Department of the Interior. An article on the relevance of national parks to the centenary of the NPS in 2016: : «Whose America? Whose Idea? Making “America’s Best Idea” Reflect New American Realities», dans The George Wright Forum, 27/2 (2010), p. 125–134.

The audio excerpts are from an interview with John Reynolds in Springfield, Virginia, by Christina Cameron in May 2011. Among the most suggestive passages are Reynolds' memories of controversial inscription and management of some World Heritage sites such as Hiroshima or the Galapagos Islands. The interviewee also offers an interesting perspective on United States’ involvement in the Convention.

UNESCO, World Heritage Oral Archives, Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, University of Montreal, audio interview of John Reynolds by Christina Cameron, Springfield, United States of America, 18 May 2011.