Message from the Park Superintendent

Friends and supporters...

What an honor and privilege it is to take this step in my National Park Service career. As your next Parkway superintendent, I am coming to a place that I’ve loved and admired all of my life. Perhaps more than any unit in the system, I see the Parkway as reflecting and highlighting the cultural and natural heritage of this entire region of the country. What happens on the Parkway affects the entire region and what happens within the communities of the region affects the Parkway.

The responsibilities and the challenges are tremendous. I know already that I will lean heavily on input from park staff, supporters, communities, and partner groups such as the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to make the sound and responsible decisions necessary to protect this vital resource for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

I am so excited as I think about the possibilities ahead. At the same time, I know that the fiscal challenges are real and not likely to improve any time soon. Pressures from the outside and environmental challenges are just as real. As I spend these first months getting to know everyone who has an interest in and love for this special place, I will be listening for your ideas and perspectives.

Thank you for your invaluable support. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and to all that lies ahead.

- Mark H. Woods