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National Park Service (NPS) Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach has selected Martha Bogle as the superintendent of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Bogle will oversee the operations at the almost 200,000 acre park—40% of which is Congressionally designated wilderness. Bogle, who has served as Deputy Superintendent at the 470-mile Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina since 2005, begins her assignment in mid-September. She follows Chas Cartwright, who left Shenandoah earlier this year to become superintendent of Glacier National Park in Montana.
“Martha Bogle has prepared her whole life to be superintendent of Shenandoah National Park,” said Reidenbach. “Her deep love and respect for this area of the country and its people are obvious in her manner, and her broad range of experience makes her the ideal choice for this important position.”
Bogle has more than 30 years of federal service at 11 National Park Service sites and one National Wildlife Refuge. She began her career as a seasonal park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, followed by seasonal positions at Everglades National Park in Florida, and Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado. Her permanent positions included the Smokies, Obed Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in North Carolina, and Congaree National Park in South Carolina. She has worked as a dispatcher, park ranger, outdoor recreation planner, interpretive specialist, chief of visitor services, and in management positions as assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent, and superintendent. In addition, Bogle has served as acting superintendent at Virgin Islands National Park in the Virgin Islands, and acting assistant superintendent at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, and Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.
“I love these mountains; they have held a special place in my heart my entire life,” Bogle said about Shenandoah National Park. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the park staff, our adjacent communities, conservation groups, and nearby universities to ensure the long term preservation of the park and its precious resources. The health of the park and the economic health of our neighboring communities are inextricably joined. I know that working together we will be successful in meeting the challenges facing the Shenandoah region.”
Born and raised in Centerville, a small middle Tennessee community, Bogle attended the University of Tennessee where she received her bachelor’s degree in botany in 1978.
As superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, Bogle will be responsible for the management of 197,411 acres, approximately 250 employees, and an operating budget of over $11 million. The park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, includes the famous Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park and more than 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail.