Pete Dalton, Copper River District Ranger at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, retired on November 30th following 37 years with the National Park Service.
Pete’s first position with the NPS was at Pinnacles National Monument as a generalist ranger interpreter in 1975. He received his law enforcement commission in 1977. As a result of Pete’s enthusiasm, natural abilities and leadership skills, he was quickly promoted to senior positions and leadership roles for the Service.
Pete served as the area ranger at Yosemite National Park, subdistrict ranger and emergency services coordinator at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and backcountry supervisor at Yellowstone National Park before taking his assignment at Wrangell-St. Elias.
Throughout his career, Pete has received numerous awards and honors, including two Medal of Valor awards for performance during technical swiftwater rescue operations (Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Yosemite National Park), and the National Association for Search and Rescue's national Medal of Valor award (Rand-Zimmerman Award) in recognition of efforts in the area of technical rescue.
Pete’s wisdom, depth of knowledge, traditional ranger skills and professionalism will be greatly missed at Wrangell-St. Elias. Please join us in wishing Pete the very best in retirement.