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Sept. 19, 2008: Rick Obernesser has been appointed as the Chief of Investigative Services for the Washington Office of the National Park Service, effective in mid-October, 2008.Obernesser was most recently the Chief Ranger at Yellowstone National Park for the past 10 years.He has worked for the Park Service for more than 25 years, and he was previously the Chief Ranger for the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Rick Obernesser comes to America's largest national park after three years in Washington D.C. where he served as deputy chief of law enforcement and emergency services, and held temporary leadership positions in the Visitor and Resource Protection Division, including acting associate director.
"Rick has been a talented leader and manager in parks across the country and his work in the Washington Office really rounded out his experience. Prior to working in Washington D.C., Obernesser spent 10 years as chief ranger at Yellowstone National Park, where he led a team of 275 permanent and seasonal employees and managed a $13 million budget. "My family and I are truly excited and humbled by the opportunity to come to Alaska and Wrangell-St. Elias," Obernesser said. "It's been a career dream to live and work in Alaska." Earlier in his career, Obernesser served as chief ranger at Cape Cod National Seashore, as a district ranger at Yosemite National Park, and as a park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Petrified Forest National Park. He also served as a Department of the Interior incident commander in Alabama during the Gulf oil spill in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources from California State University - Sacramento, and an executive certificate in leadership and management from Notre Dame University. He expects to move to the Copper Center area in December with his wife, Pam, and their son and daughter.
Rick Obernesser is taking the helm at Wrangell-St.
Elias National Park and Preserve. The appointment was announced this week by the National Park Service. The park service, in a release, says Obernesser has more than 30 years' experience in the field and at agency headquarters. His career has included serving as deputy chief of law enforcement and emergency services for the agency in Washington, D.C. He also worked at a number of parks, including Yellowstone, where he was chief ranger for 10 years. Last year, he served as an incident commander for the Department of Interior in Alabama during the Gulf oil spill.
Said Yellowstone Chief Ranger Rick Obernesser, "We will really miss John's incredible knowledge of Yellowstone's history and its backcountry."
Rick Obernesser, Yellowstone's chief law enforcement ranger, said it's likely, but impossible to prove, that the effort in 2005 had a chilling effect on those who wanted to bring drugs into Yellowstone last year."We'd like to think that work in 2005 had some impact," he said."That's the lowest in 25 years," Obernesser said.With fewer problems on the roads during the winter, rangers were freed up to patrol along the park's western boundary, where snowmobilers have been caught illegally entering the park from Forest Service land or private land.