December 1, 2015

'Boone' Vandzura named Park Service's new Chief Ranger

The Outer Banks Group of national parks has announced that Daniel “Boone” Vandzura has joined  the park leadership staff as the Chief Ranger of the Visitor & Resource Protection Division.

Daniel "Boone" Vandzura began his career with the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park as a fee collector at the South Entrance in the summer of 1994.  After that very first season, his love for the lifestyle and America’s wide-open spaces encouraged him to pursue further training to become a law enforcement ranger.  His first assignment was a seasonal Yellowstone back-country ranger and the nickname “Boone” stuck.  He went on to attend the Federal Law Enforcement Academy in 2001 to became a full-time, permanent ranger.  

In the fall of 2001, he moved to the scenic Yellowstone Lake District as the dayshift supervisor, and in 2005 he was promoted to the Old Faithful Deputy District Ranger.  A few years later, he was again promoted and moved back to Yellowstone’s Interior Canyon District.  In 2009, he accepted the Emergency Services Director position in the busy front country section of the park and was stationed at Park Headquarters for the past seven years.

While serving for 21 years in one of America’s crown jewel parks, Vandzura developed a deep commitment to the National Park Service and served several details as Deputy Chief Ranger.  In the summer of 2015, he came to the Outer Banks Group and served as Acting Chief Ranger after Paul Stevens retired from the position.  He and his family enjoyed their time on the Outer Banks, and he accepted the Chief Ranger position this fall.

Vandzura says he is excited to move his family to the Outer Banks to re-join the Outer Banks group of rangers and a great management staff and that he looks forward to the many opportunities of this region of the country.  He and  his wife, Jan, have two children, Elle and Hart, both 11 years old.

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