New England NST changes NPS leadership

Submitted by the National Park Service

Charles Tracy

After 31 years with the National Park Service (NPS), and 10 years with the New England National Scenic Trail (NET), NET Trail Administrator Charlie Tracy retired in September 2019.  

The National Park Service (NPS) has recently transferred the administration of the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) to Kelly Fellner, Superintendent of both Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, MA and Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford, CT.

Andrew Long will be the new Trail Administrator for the NET. He comes from a leadership and management background in the U.S. Marine Corps. During graduate school at the Yale School of Management he was selected for the Business Plan Internship with the NPS, where he spent a summer working at Fire Island National Seashore in 2016 and fell in love with the NPS. After earning his MBA, Andrew started in a full time position, with the NPS in Hartford, CT, helping to plan and establish Coltsville National Historical Park. Andrew is an avid outdoorsman and history nerd, and thrilled with the opportunity to work with the trail community. He lives in Madison, CT with his wife and two very active toddlers.

Andrew Long

Fellner has worked for the NPS for 30 years. Since 2015, she has served as assistant superintendent at Fire Island National Seashore, overseeing, partnerships, planning, and public affairs. Prior to that, she spent five years as the Northeast Region Youth and Volunteer Programs Manager, where she increased the number of partnership programs as well as the funding for service and work opportunities for diverse youth.

Fellner’s NPS career has spanned a range of responsibilities in a variety of different parks. She was chief of Visitor Services and Youth Engagement at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, supervisory park ranger at Longfellow National Historic Site, lead ranger at Olmsted National Historic Site, park ranger at Lowell National Historic Park and Tsongas Industrial History Center, and historian with National Register programs in the Intermountain Region.

Kelly also had temporary assignments as superintendent at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and assistant superintendent at Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Fellner holds a Master’s degree in Public History and Museum Administration from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Kelly Fellner

Kelly and Andrew are excited for this new chapter for NET, as both parks and the trail share many of the same partners, stories, and opportunities along the Connecticut River Valley. “We are looking forward to working more closely with our trail partners, the Appalachian Mountain Club in MA, and Connecticut Forest & Park Association in CT and are inspired by the work they and their amazing volunteer groups have accomplished in the first 10 years of designation as part of the National Trails network.”

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