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National Park Ranger: An American Icon

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Dressed in the familiar gray and green uniform and crowned with the traditional "Smokey the Bear" hat, the National Park Service Ranger is symbolic of many things in American culture: protection and preservation, education and enlightenment, solitude and self-sufficiency. In the past, rangers spent most of their working hours alone-patrolling miles of trails, often in dism ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 4th 2003 by Roberts Rinehart Publishers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jun 03, 2017 Raven rated it really liked it
An informative short history of the Park Service, its antecedents, mission, and staff. I was particularly interested in the many photographs of early rangers, but the focus on the evolution of the Service's approach to stewardship as their understanding of the ecosystems they served grew was also encouraging and worthwhile. Kinda makes you want to go quit your job and become a ranger. [grin]
Apr 13, 2013 Krista rated it it was ok
I had put off reading this book for years- not because of the subject matter but because of the terrible cover.

The book was well researched but poorly written (things don't bode well when there is a typo in the Introduction)- it was like reading a laundry list of "White Male Rangers of Yesteryear". Farabee gets too bogged down in the minutia of park establishment and dates. Farabee may have been known as an amazing ranger, but he clearly didn't specialize in interpretative writing.

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May 26, 2006 Annette rated it it was amazing
Written for readers of all ages, this book examines the history and role of the National Park Ranger. I always thought it would be cool to be a park ranger. It's interesting to note that women were not allowed to be Park Rangers until the 1970s! (al)[return]_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ [return][return]Farabee provides an insider's look at the growth and development of our National Park system, and the men and women who shaped its history. (lj)
Apr 04, 2008 Meredith rated it really liked it
I had to read it for my academy...but I read it before I went when I was working in was actually really good!
Apr 04, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it
Good view on history, and general information on the Park Service.
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Humble beginnings nothing has changed
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A very good overview of National Park History from the point of view of the iconic Park Ranger.
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