Mariposa & Yosemite

Yosemite names new chief ranger

Yosemite National Park announced Thursday that Charles Cuvelier is the park's new chief ranger.

Cuvelier, currently deputy chief ranger, has been acting chief ranger since Steve Shackeltonmoved to Washington, D.C., earlier this year to serve as the associate director of visitor and resource protection.

Cuvelier has been at Yosemite since 2006. His new position includes oversight of law enforcement, search and rescue operations, fire and aviation, telecommunications, emergency medical services, the Mounted Horse Patrol program, emergency communications and legal support services.

He is a 1992 graduate of the University of Memphis with bachelor's degrees in biology and outdoor recreation. Prior to Yosemite National Park, Cuvelier served at Natchez Trace Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.