(KPAX) WEST GLACIER – Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow has selected Pete Webster to be the park’s new deputy superintendent.
Webster will be responsible for leading the park’s division chiefs in identifying park priorities, addressing complex operational challenges, and long-range planning.
Park officials said that in recent years the park has faced numerous challenges related to rising visitation, invasive species threats, and wildfires among others.
He has served as the chief ranger at Yellowstone National Park since 2015.
“Pete has proven himself to be an exceptional leader in the National Park Service,” said Superintendent Jeff Mow.
“We are very fortunate he’s accepted this new post to offer expertise on some of our most challenging operations.”
Webster and his family have strong ties to the Glacier region. While still in college, he first moved to St. Mary in 1986-87 for a summer job at a local hotel. Webster returned to Glacier as an intern in 1988, as a seasonal park ranger from 1991-93, and as the sub-district ranger in St. Mary from 2004-08.
A native of the Detroit, Michigan area, Webster holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. He and his wife Dawn will live in the Flathead Valley with their youngest son, who will enter high school in the fall.