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World Ranger Day Celebrated This Thursday, July 31 At Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: July 29, 2014
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

The staff of Rocky Mountain National Park invites you to celebrate World Ranger Day with them as they recognize world conservation areas, and the professional staff – the Rangers – that form the Thin Green Line around these most valuable resources. The free program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center auditorium. The international Ranger documentary, The Thin Green Line, highlights Rangers around the world as they face dangers and protect resources in their day to day jobs.

The International Ranger Federation (IRF) was founded to support the work of Rangers as the key protectors of the world's protected areas. At the World Ranger Congress 2006 in Scotland, IRF delegates decided that July 31 of each year, beginning in 2007, would be a day dedicated to world rangers. The first World Ranger Day fell on the 15th anniversary of the founding of IRF on July 31, 1992.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park in the United States became the world's first federally designated national park. Since then, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, over 100,000 protected areas, representing more than 10% of the earth's landmass, have been established around the world.

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 protected areas throughout the world continue this role for the public. Rangers are the key force protecting these resources from impairment. They do this through law enforcement, environmental education, community relations, fighting fires, conducting search and rescues, and in many many other ways.

Come show your support for the Rangers of the World at this free program Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

A photo of arrowheads that archeologists found in the park.

The area now known as Rocky Mountain National Park has been occupied by human beings for 10,000 years. Archeologists have found more than 300 prehistoric sites at elevations ranging from 8,000 to 13,000 feet above sea level. More...