National Park Service

The National Park Service administers the North Country National Scenic Trail, providing management oversight to the entire trail by working with the federal agencies, state and local governments, private organizations, landowners and land users and providing guidance to NCTA as a partner.

The NPS provides: funding for trail projects, planning and decisions on trail routing, trail tools, supplies and signage for volunteers, trail certification guidelines and volunteer support through the VIP program. Find out a little more about the National Park Service on their website:

Learn More:

  • Download the official NCT brochure:
  • The National Trails System Act:
  • Disclaimer: The North Country National Scenic Trail emblem is for official use only. The National Park Service (NPS) has specific licensing regulations that require contracts/agreements to use and/or sell items that contain their images. Currently, the North Country National Scenic Trail only allows the NCTA (North Country Trail Association) to create and sell products with official emblems and branding.

National Park Service Staff:

Chris Loudenslager, Acting Superintendent, North Country National Scenic Trail
Luke Jordan, ORP & Volunteer Coordinator

National Park Service
PO Box 288
Lowell, MI 49331

Anti-Harassment Statement
Mark Weaver, Former Superintendent, North Country National Scenic Trail

Everyone has the right to work without the fear of harassment. The National Park Service (NPS) is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, family medical history (including genetic information), status as a parent, marital status, political affiliation, and one that is free from illegal retaliation. The NPS will not tolerate harassing conduct (of a sexual or non-sexual nature) against another NPS employee, intern, volunteer, contractor or other non-federal employee, or other member of the public. The NPS also will not tolerate reprisal or retaliation if employees report harassment or provide information related to such complaints. Director’s Order 16E and its associated Reference Manual 16E define: unacceptable conduct that violates the policy of DO16E; outline the rights and responsibilities of employees, supervisors and managers, and; establish reporting procedures. (Digital copies of DO16 and RM16 are available upon request.) The conduct prohibited by this Order includes, but is broader than, the legal definitions of harassment and sexual harassment. Harassing conduct prohibited by this Order is defined as unwelcome conduct, verbal or physical, including intimidation, ridicule, insult, comments, or physical conduct, that is based on an individual’s protected status or protected activities, when: a) the behavior can reasonably be considered to adversely affect the work environment; or b) an employment decision affecting the employee is based upon the employee’s acceptance or rejection of such conduct.

Professionalism of the Volunteer Forces
Mark Weaver, Former Superintendent, North Country National Scenic Trail

“When a VIP agrees to share [their] talents, skills and interests with the National Park Service, he is paying us one of the highest compliments possible by offering a most valued possession – [their] time.” George B. Hartzog, Jr. made this statement on November 17, 1970 in a letter to all regional directors announcing the new Volunteers-In-Parks program. Director Hartzog led the National Park Service from 1964 to 1972. During his tenure, 70 sites were added to the National Park System and he championed historic preservation, urban recreation, interpretation, and environmental education. Director Hartzog recognized the need to make it easier for citizens to donate, without compensation, their time and talents to the NPS, and pushed through legislation creating the Volunteers-In-Parks Program. The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) Volunteers-In-Parks Program is unique in its composition and execution when compared to other national parks. Because the Trail is so widespread, volunteer numbers so large, and direct interaction between NPS staff and volunteers so limited, the NCNST places an extremely high level of trust in everyone to work and act autonomously while meeting the professional standards of the NPS. When you are on the Trail and in the surrounding communities, you represent not only yourself, your NCTA trail chapter or affiliate organization – you represent the NPS as well. We must forever strive to support and assist one another to maintain professional standards in all that we individually and collectively do. Please review our “Professionalism in the Workforce” NPS policy for additional information.