Patricia Kicklighter Named New River Gorge National River Superintendent
Contact: Jane Ahern, 215-597-0865
Philadelphia -- Patricia "Trish" Kicklighter has been selected as the new superintendent of New River Gorge National River and the associated Gauley River National Recreation Area and Bluestone National Scenic River. Since 2009, she has been the Superintendent at Assateague Island National Seashore. Kicklighter succeeds former Superintendent Don Striker, who moved to Alaska earlier this year to become superintendent at Denali National Park and Preserve. Kicklighter begins her new assignment in mid-May.
"Trish brings a wealth of experience to her new position," said Northeast Regional Director
"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."
Kicklighter has spent 30 years working for the National Park Service. Ms. Kicklighter started
During Kicklighter's tenure at Assateague National Seashore, she led the park in developing an innovated General Management Plan that addresses potential impacts from climate change and sea level rise; various construction projects such as the Seashore's new visitor center, island ranger station, creation of an environmental education facility, and storm damage repairs from four different storm/hurricane events. She has also led the park in reducing the park's carbon foot print by establishing a recycling program and increasing the use of solar power. In all of these efforts she collaborated with local communities, the public, and state and federal agencies.
Ms. Kicklighter is a native Missourian, and graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and Management. Trish and her husband Wayne love to travel and especially enjoy canoeing and white water rafting. Her other hobbies include being an avid quilter and photographer.
Did You Know?
The Bluestone Turnpike, a riverbank road used by those who farmed and timbered the area until the 1940s, is now a trail used by visitors to Bluestone National Scenic River.