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WASHINGTON – George Liffert has been named the new superintendent of Prince William Forest Park, a national park in Triangle, Va. Liffert started his National Park Service (NPS) career as a park ranger at Prince William Forest Park and most recently served as the superintendent of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. He started in his new role May 24.
Liffert served as the superintendent of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts since 2016. At Wolf Trap, he led the renegotiation of a new 20-year agreement with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, successfully secured funding for a major rehabilitation to the Filene Center’s electrical and rigging systems and positioned the park to embark on an amendment to the General Management Plan to begin significant improvements to carry Wolf Trap into its next 50 years.
“George brings almost 35 years of experience protecting park resources and collaborating with partners to this role at Prince William Forest Park,” National Capital Area Director Kym A. Hall said. “It’s exciting to welcome him back to the park where he started his career and to a place for which he has great history and affection.”
At Prince William Forest Park, Liffert served in resource management and law enforcement roles and later as the park’s chief ranger, deputy superintendent and acting superintendent. He was instrumental in forging a partnership with NatureBridge to establish its first East Coast environmental education campus and implemented a Rangers Against Drugs program for sixth graders. Liffert has also served as the acting superintendent at National Capital Parks – East, which includes Anacostia Park, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and more.
“Prince William Forest Park is dear to my heart in so many ways, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with the park’s team and partners again,” Liffert said. “I look forward to continuing to protect this incredible national park and providing opportunities for neighbors and visitors to learn about nature and history, explore the outdoors and build community.”
Prince William Forest Park protects the largest piedmont forest in the national park system and the largest green space in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The park gives area residents and visitors a unique opportunity to camp in, hike through and explore 15,000 wooded acres filled with wildlife and more than 300 years of human history.
Liffert holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Virginia Commonwealth University. He and his wife, Kimberly, live in Woodbridge, Va., and have three children.
Tanya Gossett previously served as the Superintendent of Prince William Forest Park and now serves as the Associate Area Director for Resource Stewardship and Science for national parks in the National Capital Area. At Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Deputy Superintendent, Ken Bigley, will serve as Acting Superintendent until a Superintendent is selected.
Last updated: June 1, 2021