The staff of Rocky Mountain National Park is inviting the public 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. on Thursday 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.
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 on Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.