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Leslie Reynolds Selected as Chief Ranger of Cape Cod National Seashore

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Date: May 24, 2012
Contact: George E. Price, Superimntendent, 508-771-2144

Superintendent George Price announced that Leslie Reynolds has been selected as the Chief Ranger of Cape Cod National Seashore. Prior to her selection, Reynolds served as the Chief Ranger at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.As Chief Ranger, Leslie will oversee the resource and visitor protection, fee collection, fire management, and lifeguard operations at the national seashore.

Reynolds began her career with the National Park Service (NPS) in 1995 as a seasonal law enforcement ranger at Yosemite National Park.She has served as the Chief Ranger at Shenandoah National Park, a District Ranger of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, and a Law Enforcement Park Ranger in both Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks.She has trained and served as a mounted horse patrol officer, a mounted patrol color guard team member, a deputy coroner, an advanced life support park medic, helicopter short haul and hoist team member, and a basic peer supporter.While at the Grand Canyon, Reynolds attended basic law enforcement training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Price said, "Leslie brings a tremendous amount of operational experience and a great communication style which is critical to the seashore's public safety program as we work closely with the six towns to protect our resources and serve the millions of folks who visit each year.Leslie will be a major asset to our senior management team and we are glad she is on board."

Reynolds fills the position vacated by Bob Grant who retired from the Chief Ranger position in August of 2011. Reynolds was selected in a competitive process that included applicants from throughout the National Park Service.She is a native of Hopkinton, Massachusetts and a graduate of Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, where she majored in Business Management.

Reynolds and her husband Jim will reside in Eastham.

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Did You Know?

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Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.