Heather Yates, Granddaughter of Robert & Mae Marshall, Named Park's Chief Ranger

Park Says Heather Yates Has Been Selected As Chief Ranger At Wrangell-St. Elias  October, 2022   Heather Yates Shown As Chief Ranger At Petr...

Park Says Heather Yates Has Been Selected As Chief Ranger At Wrangell-St. Elias 

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Grew Up In Glennallen; Daughter Of Roy & Judy Yates 

Heather Has Strong Cultural Ties To The Park...
Her Great-Grandfather Was Joe Goodlataw 

Copper Center, AK – Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (WRST) is pleased to announce that Heather Yates has been selected as Chief Ranger.  

Heather was born and raised in Glennallen, AK and graduated from Glennallen High School where she played basketball and volleyball for the Panthers. After high school she attended, and graduated from, Southern Oregon University with degrees in Criminology and Communications. Her career with the National Park Service began in 1998 when she served as the Subsistence Specialist at WRST for two years. Eventually, Heather was hired into a Protection Ranger position at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park  (primarily stationed in the Slana/Nabesna area) where she remained for an additional two years.  

In 2002, after 27 years in Alaska, Heather made the decision to move to the Lower 48 where she worked as a field protection ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Saguaro National Park, and Yosemite National Park. In 2010, Heather returned to Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a Supervisory Protection Ranger and in 2015, she accepted a position as Chief Ranger at Petrified Forest National Park. 


Since moving to the Lower 48, Heather has returned to Alaska annually to visit family. She has enjoyed spending summers halibut fishing out of Valdez and Homer and winters downhill skiing at Alyeska.   

“I look forward to being back in Alaska to serve as the senior law enforcement officer at the park where I began my NPS career 24 years ago!” said Heather.  


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