Martha Bogle, currently superintendent of Congaree National Park near Columbia, South Carolina, has been named Deputy Superintendent for the Blue Ridge Parkway and will begin managing operations for the 469-mile scenic road in early October.
In making the announcement earlier this week, Superintendent Daniel W. Brown noted that Bogle has 25 years of government service. In addition to her nearly 10-year stint as superintendent of the 26,800-acre Congaree National Park, her government work experience spans 10 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 1978. Other seasonal assignments took her to Everglades National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Monument.
Her first permanent job came in 1982 as a dispatcher at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 1984, she moved back into the field as a Park Ranger at Obed Wild and Scenic River, followed by a position as an Assistant Outdoor Recreation Planner at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. In 1987, she returned to the National Park Service as an Interpretive Specialist at the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginning in 1992, she served as the Chief of Visitor Services at Carl Sandburg National Historic Site before accepting her current assignment in November 1995. Martha recently completed a four month detail as Acting Assistant Superintendent at Independence National Historical Park. She also has served as Acting Assistant Superintendent at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Mammoth Cave National Park.
Bogle said she is thrilled to be returning to the Parkway. "The Parkway has such diverse resources, and the southern Appalachians are where I have spent much of my career. I look forward to the challenges that a great resource like the Parkway provides and to coming home to the mountains."
Brown noted that Bogle's extensive experience and knowledge of the Parkway and region "will serve us well in both the on-going operation of the park and as we begin planning the Parkway's 75th anniversary."