Ranger Confidential

Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

Author: Andrea Lankford

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762762683

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 2877

For twelve years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it. In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ extraordinary careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed while holding that thin green line between protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and the people from each other. Ranger Confidential is the story behind the scenery of the nation’s crown jewels—Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery can be as cruel as it is redemptive.
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Ranger Confidential

Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

Author: Andrea Lankford

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762762683

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 1725

For twelve years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it. In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ extraordinary careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed while holding that thin green line between protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and the people from each other. Ranger Confidential is the story behind the scenery of the nation’s crown jewels—Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery can be as cruel as it is redemptive.
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Death in Yellowstone

Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park

Author: Lee H. Whittlesey

Publisher: Roberts Rinehart

ISBN: 1570984514

Category: Nature

Page: 440

View: 2008

The chilling tome that launched an entire genre of books about the often gruesome but always tragic ways people have died in our national parks, this updated edition of the classic includes calamities in Yellowstone from the past sixteen years, including the infamous grizzly bear attacks in the summer of 2011 as well as a fatal hot springs accident in 2000. In these accounts, written with sensitivity as cautionary tales about what to do and what not to do in one of our wildest national parks, Whittlesey recounts deaths ranging from tragedy to folly—from being caught in a freak avalanche to the goring of a photographer who just got a little too close to a bison. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by this important book detailing the dangers awaiting in our first national park.
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So You Want To Become a Park Ranger?

National Park Service Seasonal Ranger

Author: Richard Boyer

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450019188

Category: Reference

Page: 86

View: 6374

So You Want To Become a National Park Service Seasonal Interpretative Park Ranger? is for those who want to know the process to become a ranger and to realize the daily experiences of a seasonal interpretative park ranger.
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A Park Ranger's Life

Thirty-two Years Protecting Our National Parks

Author: Bruce W. Bytnar

Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.

ISBN: 1604943459

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 241

View: 4740

What is a park ranger's life? A wild bear who favors Kentucky Fried Chicken A fugitive wanted in eight states A dog that saves his owner's life Wildland firefighters battling nature and fire A ghost haunting a colonial mansion Hikers who stay lost because they think searchers calling their names are wild animals Being willing to risk your life to make our parks safe and help preserve them for the future These are just a few experiences you will read about in "A Park Ranger's Life." Drawn from the thirty-two-year career of National Park Ranger Bruce W. Bytnar, you will discover what it takes to be a park ranger, what threats to visitors and resources they deal with on a daily basis, and what you can do to help protect and preserve our national heritage.
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Ranger Up!

True Stories of National Park Service Protection Rangers

Author: Richard E. (Rick) Brown

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781449017798

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

View: 9422

'Ranger UP' gives the reader a behind the scene glimpse into the real life adventures of our multi-talented National Park Rangers that work in our parks across the U.S. This collection of true short stories includes high adventure incidents from all of the major disciplines of Protection Rangers which include Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Emergency Management, while also providing the reader with advice on how to stay safe when visiting our National Parks. These stories will play on all of your emotions, they will "amaze you, entertain you, make you mad, and make you cry". Protection Rangers are known as the "Danger Rangers" of the National Park Service, the wide variety diciplines they are responsible for make the job extremely challenging, but also provide for plenty of exciting adventures. One minute you may be on a life threating law enforcement incident, the next hanging off of a cliff saving a life.
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Park Ranger

True Stories from a Ranger's Career in America's National Parks

Author: Nancy Eileen Muleady-Mecham

Publisher: Vishnu Temple Press

ISBN: 9780967459547

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

View: 7634

The author joined the National Park Service as a naturalist. In the remote parks she was assigned to, she discovered a ranger must be ready for everything. She gradually became qualified to handle Law Enforcement, Fire, Search and Rescue, medical emergencies and anything else Nature and visitors to the Parks throw at her. Her true stories could be the basis for Nevada Barr's fiction.
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Death, Daring, and Disaster

Search and Rescue in the National Parks

Author: Farabee Jr.

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 1461661854

Category: History

Page: 576

View: 7007

375 exciting tales of heroism and tragedy drawn from the nearly 150,000 search and rescue missions carried out by the National Park Service since 1872.
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Hey Ranger!

True Tales of Humor and Misadventure from America's National Parks

Author: Jim Burnett

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 9781589791916

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 227

View: 6486

In his thirty years with the National Park Service, Jim Burnett has seen it all: boat ramp mishaps that have sent cars into the water; skunks in the outhouse and bears at the dumpster; visitors looking for the bridge over the Grand Canyon.
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Nature Noir

A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra

Author: Jordan Fisher Smith

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547526492

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 1254

A nature book unlike any other, Jordan Fisher Smith's startling account of fourteen years as a park ranger thoroughly dispels our idealized visions of life in the great outdoors. Instead of scout troops and placid birdwatchers, Smith's beat -- a stretch of land that has been officially condemned to be flooded -- brings him into contact with drug users tweaked out to the point of violence, obsessed miners, and other dangerous creatures. In unflinchingly honest prose, he reveals the unexpectedly dark underbelly of patrolling and protecting public lands.
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National Park Ranger

An American Icon

Author: Farabee Jr.

Publisher: Roberts Rinehart

ISBN: 1570984468

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 1776

In this celebration of one of America's most enduring symbols, fromer ranger Butch Farabee brielfy revies the evolution of this national symbol.
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Oh, Ranger!

True Stories from Our National Parks

Author: Mark J. Saferstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780978710125

Category: National parks and reserves

Page: 270

View: 9055

Oh Ranger provides an insider?s view into the most beautiful and culturally significant treasures in America. Oh Ranger is a collection of exciting stories told directly by the experts ? national park rangers. From animal encounters to fire fighting and search and rescue missions, rangers share their most memorable, life changing experiences. This book is a tribute to National park Service employees everywhere and was inspired by the original storybook written in 1928 by Horace Albright, the first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. His memory lives on in the heroic actions of all those who proudly wear the instantly recognizable green and grey and flat hat ? the rangers. These are the men and women who work hard to protect and preserve our national parks for the enjoyment of millions of visitors, now and in future generations.Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to support national park education programs and the Employee and Alumni Association of the National Park Service. The original version of ?Oh, Ranger!" was co-authored by Horace Albright and Frank Taylor. Perhaps it's nostalgia that still attracts people to the stories of the adventures and the devotion to the National Park Service, but the image of the green-coated ranger stands tall to this day.Profits form the sale of this book will be donated to support National Park education and interpretive programs and the Employee and Alumni Association.
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The Last Season

Author: Eric Blehm

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061869996

Category: Nature

Page: 384

View: 6176

Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada—mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.
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Park Ranger Sequel

More True Stories from a Ranger's Career in America's National Parks

Author: Nancy Eileen Muleady-Mecham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780979505522

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 218

View: 9493

True stories from the author's career as a Ranger-Paramedic in the NPS. Also chapters on her training at FLETC and some expeditions - in the Sierras and Tanzania.
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Legacy of the Yosemite Mafia

The Ranger Image and Noble Cause Corruption in the National Park Service

Author: Paul D. Berkowitz,J. T. Reynolds

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781634241267

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 8323

Calling upon his unique experiences as a criminal investigator in the National Park Service (NPS), Berkowitz proves how an over-emphasis on image (the "ranger image") has led to an NPS culture that accepts misconduct. Citing verified news accounts, internal agency documents, and personal notes, this dramatic case study challenges conventional wisdom and official accounts of agency history. Agency culture set in motion nearly a half-century ago, beginning with a group of employees known as the Yosemite Mafia, includes a demonstrated bias against professional law enforcement and a reluctance to hold senior managers accountable. This book fills a gap in existing literature dealing with noble cause corruption and corrects popular assumptions about the NPS, its history, and its law enforcement responsibilities.
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Death in Zion National Park

Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah's Grand Circle

Author: Randi Minetor

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493028944

Category: Nature

Page: 216

View: 8659

Morbid, but strangely fascinating accounts In 2015, a group of seven hikers were killed when a sudden flood struck Keyhole Canyon in Zion National Park. Prior to that, the steep, narrow route to Angels Landing led to at least five fatalities. Numerous people have found that high, exposed places in Zion—such as rim trails—are bad places to be in lightning storms. Death in Zion National Park collects some of the most gripping accounts in park history of the unfortunate events caused by natural forces or human folly.
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Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears

100 Years of the National Park Service

Author: Heather Hansen

Publisher: Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 1594858896

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 2326

•* Celebrates the dedicated men and women of our National Park Service (NPS) who have safeguarded the nation’s natural legacy for 100 years •* 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service •* 125 images including many archival photos Anyone who has stood beneath a redwood, neck craned to see its top rising far above; or who has heard ghostly whispers of residents long-past among the burnt-red cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde; or who has climbed the stairs to gaze out from the Statue of Liberty’s crown, would agree that our National Park system is a source of pride and wonder. But 100 years ago, creating a bureau to administer America’s vast and diverse parks was a concept requiring great debate and persuasion. The story of the National Park Service is the story of people who fought for the protection of the places that have helped to define our national identity, those places we now hold dear—from the blue hazy mist that hangs over Great Smokey Mountains National Park to the spouting geysers of Yellowstone to the thick, steamy waterways of the Everglades. The NPS founders were the architects of our family vacations, the inventors of icons with worldwide appeal. They battled “progress,” which often masked greed and ignorance, and their story continues with those who molded and grew the NPS through a flu pandemic, the Great Depression, World Wars, and beyond. Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears is the engaging and accessible story of the NPS that brings to life its history and characters. The result of extensive research, dozens of interviews with Park Service employees, and the author’s own experiences at park units she visited all over the country, it’s a highly readable history that connects the dots of past to present and will remind readers of the vast array of public assets administered by the NPS—resources which offer something for everyone and also need every citizen’s support.
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Lassoing the Sun

A Year in America's National Parks

Author: Mark Woods

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250105900

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 356

"In this remarkable journey, Mark Woods captures the essence of our National Parks: their serenity and majesty, complexity and vitality--and their power to heal." --Ken Burns Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark’s most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks. On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He'd spend a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she'd not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter. But then the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.
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Yellowstone Ranger

Stories from a Life in Yellowstone

Author: Jerry Mernin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781606390900

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 376

View: 4555

Autobiography of one of Yellowstone's most acclaimed rangers.
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The Case of the Indian Trader

Billy Malone and the National Park Service Investigation at Hubbell Trading Post

Author: Paul Berkowitz

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826348610

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 729

This is the story of Billy Gene Malone and the end of an era. Malone lived almost his entire life on the Navajo Reservation working as an Indian trader; the last real Indian trader to operate historic Hubbell Trading Post. In 2004, the National Park Service (NPS) launched an investigation targeting Malone, alleging a long list of crimes that were “similar to Al Capone.” In 2005, federal agent Paul Berkowitz was assigned to take over the year- and-a-half-old case. His investigation uncovered serious problems with the original allegations, raising questions about the integrity of his supervisors and colleagues as well as high-level NPS managers. In an intriguing account of whistle-blowing, Berkowitz tells how he bypassed his chain-of-command and delivered his findings directly to the Office of the Inspector General.
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