Jostad Chief Ranger


Grand Teton National Park has a new chief ranger. Erika Jostad has been selected as the Park’s Chief Ranger and will begin her new duties in late August. She is currently the chief ranger at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, and has over 25 years with the National Park Service.

As chief ranger at Grand Teton National Park Jostad will lead a large and complex visitor and resource protection program, which includes law enforcement, emergency medical services, search and rescue, backcountry and climbing operations, structural and wildland fire, and an interagency dispatch center.

Jostad will also represent the park superintendent in maintaining and growing park relationships with state and local emergency management agencies that are vital to serving the public and protecting the park. Jostad succeeds Michael Nash who accepted a national law enforcement specialist position with the NPS Washington Office. Jostad comes to Grand Teton with her husband and son, and their golden retriever and matching orange cat.

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