National Park Ranger

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Dressed in the familiar gray and green uniform and crowned with the traditional "Smokey the Bear" hat, the National Park Service Ranger is symbolic of many things in American culture: protection and preservation, education and enlightenment, solitude and self-sufficiency. In the past, rangers spent most of their working hours alone-patrolling miles of trails, often in dismal weather conditions, to force out wildlife poachers. Now, the modern ranger may be a law-enforcement official, naturalist, historian, or ...
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National Park Ranger: An American Icon

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Overview

Dressed in the familiar gray and green uniform and crowned with the traditional "Smokey the Bear" hat, the National Park Service Ranger is symbolic of many things in American culture: protection and preservation, education and enlightenment, solitude and self-sufficiency. In the past, rangers spent most of their working hours alone-patrolling miles of trails, often in dismal weather conditions, to force out wildlife poachers. Now, the modern ranger may be a law-enforcement official, naturalist, historian, or river guide. In this celebration of one of America's most enduring symbols, former ranger Butch Farabee briefly reviews the evolution of this national symbol. Packed with entertaining anecdotes and illustrated with over one hundred archival photographs, this book not only provides fascinating insight into the diversity of roles a park ranger must play, but also honors the unique people dedicated to guarding and maintaining this country's irreplaceable treasures.
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Editorial Reviews

Wisconsin Natural Resources
The book is fun, chock-full of pictures and interesting anecdotes as the narrative traces the creation of the Ranger Service and the National Park System.
Arizona Daily Star
This is "a celebration" of the U.S. Park Service accompanied by more than 100 fascinating archival photos.
— J.C. Martin
Cspra Wave
A Sweeping treatment of the topic, going back in time several thousand years (to trace the orgin of the word "ranger") and coming down to the present. The book is a fascinating compendium of information including the "Symbols of protection" (badges, buttons, the Stetson hat and NPS arrowhead); the evolution of interpretation; resource management; law enforcement and vistor services.
Arizona Daily Star - J.C. Martin
This is "a celebration" of the U.S. Park Service accompanied by more than 100 fascinating archival photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570983924
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 739,809
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles R. "Butch" Farabee is the former assistant superintendent of Glacier National Park. Author of Death, Daring, and Disaster: Search and Rescue on the National Parks (Roberts Rinehart), he is one of four people ever to receive the Harry Yount Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplifying the best of the National Park Service Ranger tradition. He resides in Tucson, Arizona.
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