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Rocky Mountain National Park Celebrates World Ranger Day

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Date: July 24, 2007
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Celebrate World Ranger Day at Rocky Mountain National Park! On Tuesday, July 31, park staff will show “The Thin Green Line” an international ranger documentary made by Australian ranger, Sean Willmore. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center auditorium in Rocky Mountain National Park. This original documentary shows rangers working in the field in protected areas throughout the world. Witness the compelling stories of men and women in other countries who every day cope with corruption, ignorance, politics and greed. Experience as well their hopes, joys, dedication and sacrifice.

The International Ranger Federation (IRF) was founded in 1992, to support the work of rangers as the key protectors of parks and conservation areas throughout the world. At the 2006 IRF World Ranger Congress in Scotland, delegates decided that July 31 of each year, beginning in 2007, would be a day dedicated to world rangers.

The English word “ranger” reflects the guardians of the Royal Forests in 14th century England, protecting the King’s lands from poachers. Today, rangers in park areas throughout the world continue this role on public lands. Rangers are the key force protecting park resources from impairment. They do this through law enforcement, environmental education, community relations, fighting fires, conducting search and rescues, and in other ways caring for protected areas and their visitors.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park’s information office at (970) 586-1206.

Did You Know?

a photo of Abner Sprague buying a pass to Rocky Mountain National Park

Homesteader and lodge keeper Abner Sprague was the first person to pay to enter Rocky Mountain National Park. His fee was $3.