California State Park Rangers
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The first park ranger in the world was appointed in California in 1866. Galen Clark was chosen as "Guardian of Yosemite," at what was then Yosemite State Park, and the concept of rangers to protect and administer America's great nature parks was born. The tradition continued in 1872 with the establishment of the first national park at Yellowstone. From the earliest days, park rangers have been romanticized; they are explorers, outdoorsmen, tree lovers, animal protectors, police officers, nature guides, and park administrators. The park ranger has become an American icon, whose revered image has maintained itself to this very day.
the entrance station to the ranger office in case of emergencies or needed instructions. This crank phone system was a state-of-the-art communication system used at most larger parks at the time. It was not until the 1960s that two-way radios started to be used in the park system, and it was not until the late 1980s that a regular public-safety radio dispatch system was initiated for rangers in the field. Five RANGER INSIGNIA HATS, UNIFORMS, BADGES, AND PATCHES The Smokey Bear hat is probably
ranger pilot in 1988, followed by Jon Muench in 1993. The third and current pilot, pictured here, is Kelly McCague who reports, “The plane is a Husky Aviat A-1. I like to call the park plane ‘the Bear in the Air!’” (Photographs by Steve Bier; courtesy Kelly McCaque.) Rafting ranger William Deitchman (left) pushes through the class IV Tunnel Chute rapids while on patrol on the Middle Fork of the American River in 2008. With Deitchman is park aid David Garcia. Deitchman has a one of a kind ranger
state, and local agencies, plus a wide variety of other groups. These numerous cooperative efforts include public safety responses, environmental issues, joint public use, and special events. Here meeting at a joint event at Candlestick Point State Park are, from left to right, an unidentified San Francisco police department (SFPD) lieutenant, Supt. Dan Dunge, another unidentified SFPD lieutenant, and ranger Noelle Holloway. As out of the ordinary as it may seem, the bear that ranger Jenny
park warden of Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The Marshall Gold Discovery Monument was dedicated on May 3, 1890, becoming California’s first state historic park. In 1891, the legislature authorized the governor to appoint a guardian to protect the monument and grounds from vandalism and injury. A total of six guardians would serve at the Marshall Monument from 1891 to 1928, when it became part of the Division of Parks. (Courtesy of CSP.) The first guardian or ranger at the Marshall Gold
Harriett E. Weaver, Arlan Sholes, Charles H. Fakler, Melville Whittaker, C. L. “Roy” Cushing, William A. Weatherbee, Floyd C. “Carl” Saddlemyre, Arthur Parvin, Darrell A. Knoefler, and Louis Donaldson. Weaver started work in 1930 and retired in 1950 with deputy ranger badge number 105. The campfire center at Big Basin Redwood Park was one of the largest and most heavily used in the park system in the 1940s. Rangers and seasonal naturalists gave nightly programs on the weekends and other days