Yellowstone gets first female chief ranger and she came from leading Natchez Trace Parkway

Published 9:25 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019

Yellowstone National Park has named its first female chief ranger.

The Billings Gazette reports Sarah Davis, a native of Lexington, North Carolina, will become the 18th chief ranger in the more than 100 years the park has been managed by the National Park Service. She will start her new role in December.

Davis, whose official title is Chief of Resource and Visitor Protection, has worked for the National Park Service for two decades. Since 2012, she has been chief ranger at Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile scenic drive through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly says Davis “is an outstanding leader with a track record of high performance, strategic thinking, and collaboration.”

Two women, Lane Baker and Bonnie Schwartz, have served as deputy chief ranger at Yellowstone.

Previously, Davis served as the 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, and deputy chief ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. She also held 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.”

A native of Lexington, North Carolina, Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and 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.