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Ranger Life on San Miguel Island

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Date: August 4, 2017
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

San Miguel Island Ranger Ian Williams will chronicle over forty years of ranger experiences on the most remote and northernmost of the Channel Islands, San Miguel Island, during the August From Shore to Sea lecture.
San Miguel Island is an unusual place for a park ranger to work on since it is one of the most rugged and remote backcountry stations in the National Park Service, yet is situated close to the densely populated metropolitan areas of southern California. The rangers stationed there fill many roles including visitor services, law enforcement, search and rescue, maintenance, and resource management duties, sometimes all in the same day.
Williams gathered several former island rangers, for the first time on the island together, as part of an oral history project where they shared their unique experiences of working on the secluded island over the past four decades. His presentation is based on these previously unrecorded oral histories, station logs, and other research.
Williams has served as the San Miguel Island ranger for the last 25 years Williams started his career with the National Park Service as a seasonal ranger in 1983 and worked at nine other national parks prior to coming to Channel Islands in 1992. He was the recipient of the Harry Yount Award for the Pacific West Region, one of the highest honors a ranger can earn. Williams received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1982.  
The talk will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding marine waters. The 2017 lecture series will take place at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month, January through December, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.
This lecture can also be viewed live online, at: Shore to Sea lecture series.
Lectures are recorded and posted at:

Last updated: August 4, 2017

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