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Thu, Jul 13, 2006
Reprise: Wilderness Ranger Experiences
This skills program is a reprise of show number 11, first posted on September 22, 2005. It's about the job of being a backcountry ranger in national forest wilderness. It's a frequently romanticized job with lots of responsibility. Three rangers talk candidly about their experiences.
Sendi Kalcic and Brent Carpenter are professional backcountry wilderness rangers who have worked in the Desolation Wilderness of the Eldorado National Forest near Lake Tahoe, California. Amy McElvany is a volunteer wilderness ranger in the Sierra National Forest, working out of the High Sierra Ranger District.
National Parks, National Forests, and many state and local parks offer opportunities for you to volunteer for duty as a backcountry ranger. Amy McElvaney volunteered through a pilot program in cooperation with the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew. The site volunteer.gov is another good place to search for opportunities. But probably the best place to find out more is to contact your favorite park or forest, and ask about their respective cooperative volunteer association.