The National Park Service has named a new Blue Ridge Parkway superintendent.

J.D. Lee has been named as the new Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent and will being in that position February 18.

Lee is a 30-year veteran of the NPS, beginning his career as a seasonal park ranger and wildland firefighter at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

For the last 8 years, Lee has served as deputy superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve in southern Florida.

Lee has held management positions at Natchez Trace Parkway and Gulf Islands National Seashore, and has completed temporary assignments as Acting Superintendent at Big Cypress, Canaveral National Seashore, and, most recently, at the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lee and his family currently reside in Naples Florida, but will be relocating to Asheville.

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