MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Sarah Davis, 20-year National Park Service veteran and the chief ranger for Natchez Trace Parkway since 2012, was recently named the new chief of Resource and Visitor Protection at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Yellowstone Superintendent, Cam Sholly, noted that Davis will be the park’s 18th chief ranger in the more than 100 years it has been managed by the NPS. Davis will oversee more than 275 employees in Yellowstone’s Resource and Visitor Protection division. 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.
“Sarah is an outstanding leader with a track record of high performance, strategic thinking, and collaboration,” said Sholly. “We’re lucky to have her join the Yellowstone team.”
Davis 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 natchez Trace Parkway recreational road and scenic drive that travels through three states. 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.
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 a privilege to be selected for this position,” said Davis. “I’m excited to join the Yellowstone team to protect our first national park and its visitors, and to ensure the health, safety, and wellness of our employees.”