By Michael G. Lynch
The 1st park ranger on this planet was once appointed in California in 1866. Galen Clark was once selected as "Guardian of Yosemite," at what was once then Yosemite country Park, and the concept that of rangers to guard and administer America's nice nature parks was once born. The culture persisted in 1872 with the institution of the 1st nationwide park at Yellowstone. From the earliest days, park rangers were romanticized; they're explorers, outdoorsmen, tree fans, animal protectors, law enforcement officials, nature publications, and park directors. The park ranger has develop into an American icon, whose respected snapshot has maintained itself to this very day.
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California State Park Rangers (Images of America) by Michael G. Lynch