World Ranger Day

On July 31, we honor rangers who do important conservation work, as well as those who have lost their lives in this service. This day is about park rangers in particular, not Texas Rangers or other such.

This is how wikiHow describes what these folks do. “Park rangers act as stewards of state and national parks, working to keep these natural areas safe for wildlife and plant species and accessible to the millions of people who visit them each year. They have job duties as varied as protecting endangered areas, teaching visitors about wildlife and plants, gathering scientific information and conducting search and rescue operations.” They go on to explain that there is more than one type of ranger. Some are scientists with degrees in such subjects as earth science and forestry. Others focus on educating others about the particular park they work in and about preserving and protecting nature. Some are involved in firefighting and acting as police in remote areas. And finally, there are the important, but unsung jobs, such as maintenance, fee collection, paperwork, and permit sales. The article finishes by laying out the steps for becoming a ranger.

Besides work in wilderness areas, there are also urban rangers that work in cities, helping to educate people on the animal and plant life there.

According to Days of the Year, there are more than a hundred thousand reserves, parks and protected areas around the world, with the oldest national park being Yellowstone in the US. World. The International Ranger Federation organizes World Ranger Day. The first was held in 2007.

So today is your day to get out into nature, hopefully, to visit a national park, but enjoying a hike anywhere will do. As you do so, remember the rangers who help to keep wilderness areas accessible to all.

Quotes about rangers and national parks

A park ranger is a protector. You protect the land from the people, the people from the land, the people from each other, and the people from themselves. It’s what you are trained to do without even thinking, a reflexive and unconditional act. If you’re lucky, you get assigned to people who seem worth saving and land and waters whose situation is not hopeless. If not, you save them anyway. And maybe in time, saving them will make them worth it.–Kurt Caswell

The National Park Service today exemplifies one of the highest traditions of public service.–Stewart Udall

National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.–Wallace Stegner

The establishment of the National Park Service is justified by considerations of good administration, of the value of natural beauty as a National asset, and of the effectiveness of outdoor life and recreation in the production of good citizenship.–Theodore Roosevelt

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…–John Muir

Family trips to Yellowstone and to what are now national parks in Southern Utah, driving the primitive roads and cars of that day, were real adventures.–Paul D. Boyer

I grew up on the edge of a national park in Canada – Timberwolves creeks, snow drifts.–Dan Aykroyd

National parks and reserves are an integral aspect of intelligent use of natural resources. It is the course of wisdom to set aside an ample portion of our natural resources as national parks and reserves, thus ensuring that future generations may know the majesty of the earth as we know it today.–John F. Kennedy

The fundamental idea…is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.–Franklin D. Roosevelt

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