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New River Gorge National River gets new superintendent

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A new superintendent is named for the New River Gorge National River and the associated Gauley River National Recreation area and Bluestone National Scenic River.

Patricia "Trish" Kicklighter takes over in mid-May.  She has worked as superintendent at the Assateague Island National Seashore.

She takes over for former Superintendent Don Striker.   Striker moved to Alaska to become superintendent of the Denali National park and preserve.

"Trish brings a wealth of experience to her new position," said Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach. "She is a superb leader with a clear vision of how to cooperatively manage for the right balance of preservation and recreation. Her groundbreaking work on the General Management Plan at Assateague set a new benchmark for the National Park Service in how we address the realities of climate change in various park environments."


Kicklighter has spent 30 years working for the National Park Service.

According to a press release, Kicklighter started her career in the Park Service as an interpreter at Ozark Scenic Riverways in Missouri and Cabrillo National Monument in California. She then switched to administration specializing in budget at Point Reyes National Seashore, the Pacific West Regional Office and the Harpers Ferry Design Center. In 2001, she transferred to Shenandoah National Park as the Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Administration where she was responsible for overall park operations.

"I am honored to be chosen as the new Superintendent at New River Gorge. I started my career as a river ranger at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. I am thrilled to be returning to my roots - a river and the mountains what a wonderful combination."