Leslie Reynolds

Leslie Reynolds, the head ranger of Cape Cod National Seashore, shown, will serve this summer as Yellowstone National Park’s interim chief ranger starting next week.

The head ranger of Cape Cod National Seashore is detailing to Yellowstone for the busy summer season to lead the park’s ranger corps.

Yellowstone’s public affairs office announced Wednesday that Leslie Reynolds will stand in as the interim chief ranger starting next week while a search is on to replace the outgoing chief ranger, Pete Webster. The departed Webster took a job as the deputy superintendent of Glacier National Park.

Reynolds is expected to remain in the interim post into the fall. Yellowstone’s chief ranger oversees a division budget of $16 million and a team of 170 employees.

“Leslie is one of the best chief rangers and managers in this agency and we’re very pleased to have her here in Yellowstone,” Superintendent Cam Sholly said in a statement.

Reynolds and her husband, Jim, will reside in Mammoth during the detail.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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