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Contact: Tracy O'ToolePhiladelphia – National Park Service has selected Ed Clark as the new superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. He is expected to begin his new assignment on October 8.
"Ed brings an in-depth knowledge of the National Trails System and extensive planning experience,” said Northeast Deputy Regional Director Cinda Waldbuesser. “Ed’s community engagement experience makes him a great fit to work with the dedicated community of partners who help the NPS protect and maintain the largest contiguous corridor east of the Mississippi River.”
“I am honored to be selected as the superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail,” said Clark. “The Appalachian Trail is such a unique and treasured landscape. I am eager to begin collaborating with other federal, state, tribal and community partners to continue to protect this natural gem. I look forward to meeting the dedicated staff and partners that support the trail and working to support our shared vision.”
Clark's National Park Service career spans several decades and includes work at both the park and national level. Most recently he served as the Pacific West Region’s senior project manager supporting complex projects such as Colorado River water issues, Lake Mead water levels, and statewide permitting efforts. In addition to serving in key park planning positions, Clark previously served as the superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site for five years where he built strong partnerships and provided strategic leadership for one of the nation’s premiere civil war battlefields.
Previously, he served as superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park, where he provided service-wide leadership for the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the broader Civil War to Civil Rights commemorative efforts. He has also served as the acting associate regional director for operations for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service and the acting national coordinator for National Heritage Areas. Among other posts prior to Manassas, Clark was deputy chief ranger at Shenandoah National Park and a supervisory park ranger at the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Last updated: September 29, 2023