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Carlstrom happy to be back at C&O Canal

November 30, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- No stranger to the wonders of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Brian Carlstrom said he is happy to be back as the park's deputy superintendent as of mid-September.

Carlstrom worked as a seasonal employee in the Great Falls, Va., area of the canal when he was in college.

"I've always enjoyed the canal and the river," he said.

In addition to his work on the canal, Carlstrom said he and his wife, Laura, and their four children enjoy outdoor activities and can been found along the towpath regularly.

Carlstrom replaces Bob Hartman, who retired after a 30-year National Park Service career.

"Brian is an outstanding leader who works closely with park staff, volunteers, community groups and partners, making solid decisions based on a wealth of in-depth knowledge," said C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin Brandt.

Carlstrom previously served as the chief of resource management at the C&O Canal, where he was responsible for supervising an integrated natural and cultural resource program.

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In his 20-year career, he has worked at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey overseeing flood recovery and as acting superintendent at the Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming, coordinating that park's general management plan.

Carlstrom served as the lead ranger for resources management at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and as a natural resource planner at the National Park Service's Denver Service Center. He returned to field work in the parks as the chief of resources management at Prince William Forest Park.

For two years, Carlstrom served as the 16th Bevinetto Congressional Fellow, a developmental assignment working as a staff member for the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks.

"That was a real learning experience," he said.

Carlstrom earned a bachelor of science degree in parks and recreation, and did graduate course work in environmental sciences and public policy at George Mason University.

C&O Canal headquarters is at 1850 Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

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