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Great Smoky Mountains National Park hires first-ever female chief ranger

Smokey Mountains seen from tenneesse
The Great Smoky Mountains seen from Tennessee. Photo: Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has hired its first-ever female chief ranger to look after its 522,419 acres of protected land on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, CNN reports.

Details: In April, Tennessee native Lisa Hendy will become chief ranger of the most visited national park in the United States, leaving her current chief ranger position at Big Bend National Park in Texas. Chief rangers are in charge of law enforcement within the park, emergency medical services, the land's fire protocol, and search and rescue operations.