|Above, a park ranger at work in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Park rangers provide a valuable service to visitors to our national parks and national forests. In all my interactions with rangers, they have been positive experiences. They are great people, but they are increasingly being subjected to abusive behavior.
Outdoor Life has an article on what park rangers face these days. It's a sad state of affairs and it must stop.
They begin with:
Abuse and threats go hand-in-hand with being a forest or park ranger in 2019, according to a new report recently released by the Government Accounting Office.
Rangers for the Forest Service, National Park Service and other land management agencies catch the brunt of everything from hostile language to threats with weapons to domestic terrorism, says the report, breathlessly titled Federal Land Management Agencies, Additional Actions Needed to Address Facility Security Assessment Requirements.
The investigation was requested by Congress and reviewed threats against public land managers from 2013-17.To read more, go here.