National Seashore to Host Welcome Receptions for New Superintendent

Superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore Brian Carlstrom.

WELLFLEET – The new superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore is officially on the job and two upcoming welcome receptions will introduce him to the public.

Brian Carlstrom, who most recently served as the Deputy Associate Director of Natural Resource Stewardship and Science for the National Park Service, began his tenure at the National Seashore earlier this month.

“It’s an incredible resource,” Carlstrom said. “I’ve been checking out the park, getting to know the park staff, had an informal reception last Thursday. I’m just trying to get oriented in the new area for me.”

The free public receptions are Thursday at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and May 8 at the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown. Both receptions are from 5 to 7 p.m.

The reception in Provincetown will showcase the recently completed interior renovation of the visitor center, including new exhibits and audio visual system.

Seashore staff will also give a short presentation on coastal change occurring at Herring Cove Beach.

Carlstrom, who has vacationed at the seashore in the past, says the experience is different looking at it through an official capacity.

“I’ve already been out to Herring River. I’ve been checking out Fort Hill. I’ve been out to Provincetown,” Carlstrom said. “It’s just an incredible array of resources and a great team of people taking care of it and some exceptional towns to help keep it managed.”

Carlstrom said getting to know the area and learning more about the current projects like the Herring Cove Parking lot replacement and the Herring River Restoration are on his early agenda.

The book is still open on a favorite place within the National Seashore for Carlstrom.

“I really enjoyed just going out to the Marconi site and contemplating the views from there,” Carlstrom said. “The White Cedar Swamp Trail just behind it that was recently worked on is really spectacular. It has a very special ecological significance and very unique plant communities down in the swamp.”

Carlstrom also enjoyed the Fort Hill area’s views and Red Cedar Swamp Trail.

“I’ve had a chance to walk both of those already and it’s just amazing resources,” he said.

Carlstrom has spent 30 years with the NPS and has also served as a park ranger, recreation planner, natural resource specialist, legislative affairs specialist and superintendent.

He replaces George Price, who retired last year following a 12-year tenure as superintendent.


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