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Park service veteran named Yellowstone’s chief ranger

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CASPER, Wyo. — A 20-year veteran of the National Park Service has been named as Yellowstone’s new chief of Resource and Visitor Protection.

Sarah Davis becomes Yellowstone’s 18th chief ranger.

“’Sarah is an outstanding leader with a track record of high performance, strategic thinking, and collaboration,’” Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said in the Wednesday, Sept. 25 announcement. “’We’re lucky to have her join the Yellowstone team.’”

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The Resource and Visitor Protection division has 275 employees. They “perform law enforcement and emergency medical services, search and rescue, wildland and structural fire, dispatch, fee collection, special use permitting, trails, corrals, and backcountry operations,” the park service says.

Before coming to Yellowstone, Davis has been serving as the Natchez Trace Parkway’s chief ranger since 2012.

“She led law enforcement and emergency medical services, search and rescue, wildland and structural fire, special use permits, commercial use authorizations, and dispatch within the 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive that travels through three states,” the announcement adds.

“Davis also managed a staff of 40 and a $3.5 million budget. In 2016 she received the first Southeast Region Excellence Award for professional leadership among chief rangers. “

During her 20 years with the park service, Davis has performed the following duties as well:

  • Acting superintendent at Vicksburg and Guilford Courthouse National Military Parks
  • NPS branch chief of law enforcement operations
  • NPS acting deputy chief of operations and policy
  • Deputy chief ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • A wide range of assignments at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Independence National Historic Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, and Blue Ridge Parkway

“’It is an honor and privilege to be selected for this position,’ said Davis. ‘I’m excited to join the Yellowstone team, and work together to protect our first national park and its visitors, and ensure the health, safety, and wellness of our employees.'”

Davis is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. She graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in 2013. 

“She and her two dogs, Eleanor Roosevelt (aka Ellie) and Ginny will settle in Yellowstone by mid-December,” the park service adds.