Panguitch businessman John W. Yardley has been named chairman of the board of the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association, an organization that operates the visitor center and provides other services at Bryce Canyon National Park with an annual budget of nearly $1 million.

Kent Wintch was selected executive director, a part-time salaried position.The association was established by an act of Congress and is a non-profit organization incorporated under Utah laws. It is charged with furthering the education and scientific programs of the National Parks Service within a specific park.

Association members prepare, publish and distribute literature concerning attractions and history of the park, selling the publications at the center. They also publish the Bryce Canyon Hoodoo twice each year and provide a monthly activity guide during summer months that is distributed at the park's entrance. Free interpretation programs are also provided to visitors by the association.

The visitor center was recently remodeled and the History Association funded new displays.

Officials said the operation has become more complex and this year's $978,000 budget is triple that of only a few years ago.

Serving on the executive committee with Yardley and their specific assignments are Paula Henrie, publications specialists; Susan Colclazer, Bryce Canyon National Park coordinator; LaKay Quilter, business manager; and Mayo Rich, member. Other board members are J.L. Crawford, Hayle Buchanan, Jim Bowns, Gloria Wurst, Les Jones and Patrick Nolan.