National Park Service (NPS) Northeast Regional Director Gay Vietzke has named Brian Carlstrom as the new superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore (CACO) in Massachusetts. Carlstrom currently serves as Deputy Associate Director for the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) Directorate in Washington, D.C., where he develops and implements resource stewardship and science policies and direction Service-wide. Carlstrom will begin his new assignment in April. He replaces George Price, who retired in May last year.
“Brian’s career gives him a lot of tools to work with,” said Vietzke, “including resource stewardship and planning, legislative affairs, park maintenance, interpretation, and fee collection. That diversity of experience, plus his commitment to applied science and community engagement, matches well with a diverse park like Cape Cod.”
“It is an honor to be selected to serve as the superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore,” said Carlstrom. “The Cape Cod communities are integrated into the fabric of the park and I look forward to working with them to continue providing high quality visitor experiences while preserving the special resources found on the Cape.”
Carlstrom is a 30-year NPS employee. At NRSS, where he has worked since 2015, he provides leadership to the Environmental Quality Division, Climate Change Response Program, National Natural Landmarks Program, and oversight for the Directorate’s budget and communications efforts. Before his work at NRSS, his park experience included lead park ranger at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, acting superintendent and chief of resources at Devils Tower National Monument, chief of resources management at Prince William Forest Park, deputy superintendent and chief of resources at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and superintendent at Biscayne National Park.
Carlstrom has a Bachelor of Arts in parks and recreation with an environmental management certificate from George Mason University (GMU) and has completed graduate work in geographic information system (GIS), environmental science, and public administration at GMU. Originally from Minnesota, he and his wife look forward to moving to the Cape.