Association of National Park Rangers News Releases

I would like to kick the year off right by saying how glad I am today to have begun my duties as President of ANPR.

First I want to congratulate the newly elected Board members:

  • Rebecca Harriett - Government Affairs
  • Lauren Kopplin - Secretary
  • Tim Moore - Professional Issues
  • Lauren DeGennaro - Seasonal Perspectives

It will be a privilege to work with these excellent new members along with our continuing Board members on behalf of ANPR in “Building on our Legacy.” Those folks are Jan Lemons - Past President, Chris Reinhardt - Business Manager, Jonathan Shafer - Strategic Planning, Kayla Sanders - Education and Training, Jeanette Meleen - Fundraising, Elsa Hansen - Internal Communications, Reghan Tank - Membership Services, Bill Wade - Treasurer.

I also want to thank the Board members whose terms expired in 2019 for their service to the Board and to ANPR. We wouldn’t be where we are without their effort and leadership! I hope you will continue to help guide us into the future

  • Marin Karraker - Secretary
  • Jamie Richards - Professional Issues
  • Will Mundhenke - Seasonal Perspectives
  • Ben Walsh - Government Affairs
  • Jan Lemons - President

During my term, I’m looking forward to working with you to accomplish big things. Over the last year, you helped the ANPR board identify significant needs you would like to see our organization address. In the months and years to come, my top priorities are to accomplish the goals we identified in ANPR’s strategic plan. In short, these are to:

  • Advocate on behalf of park rangers and park resources
  • Educate park rangers so that our skills stay sharp
  • Coordinate among NPS park rangers and our peers around the US and world
  • Perpetuate ANPR so that we continue providing value to our members

We are capable of accomplishing great things, but that will only happen if we work together to make them happen. In the weeks ahead, those of you who shared your contact information at Rendezvous will begin to hear from board members about how you can help.

If you weren’t at Rendezvous and you want to help accomplish our strategic goals, get in touch with me. I’ll connect you with a board member who can help you apply your skills to improve the ranger profession and the NPS.

I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of presidents who have accomplished so much good for park rangers, and I’m looking forward to working with you as we build on that legacy to accomplish even more.

Welcome to 2020!

Paul Anderson
President
Association of National Park Rangers

The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) would like to extend its gratitude to all Park Rangers and their valiant efforts throughout the shutdown while facing personal financial uncertainty. Apart from the highly publicized resource and infrastructure damage, it’s regrettable that many important trainings were forced to be canceled over the last 35 days as well. Some of these will be impossible to reschedule and will have a direct impact on Rangers’ ability to respond to emergency situations in the coming summer season. With the shutdown occurring during the time that many parks hire their summer seasonal positions, we recognize the burden now placed on hiring managers service-wide to fill the National Park Service’s front line Rangers who most directly engage with the public. Finally as Rangers return to their parks, we thank our timekeepers who are now charged with the unenviable task of quickly and accurately entering the information to allow for the rapid processing of backpayments. ANPR expresses its strong desire that Congress and the President work diligently to ensure future shutdowns do not occur. This is for the benefit of the public, National Park Service, and most importantly its Rangers.

ANPR is concerned with the ongoing government shutdown as it is harmful for visitors and for America's national parks. Visitors who planned holiday vacations aren't able to use NPS campgrounds or restrooms and aren't able to see the national treasures in park museums or visitor centers. In parks where some areas are still open, law enforcement rangers (on duty without pay) are stretched thin protecting animals, scenic landscapes, and historical landmarks. Besides the possibly permanent damage caused to parks, the shutdown also leaves hardworking rangers who would usually be maintaining park facilities, welcoming people in visitor centers, and researching park ecosystems, laid off for the holidays.

So that national park rangers can provide visitors access and protect parks' natural and cultural resources, the Association of National Park Rangers encourages Congress and the president to fully fund government operations and send Park Rangers back to work as soon as possible.

-Jan Lemons, ANPR President

Your ANPR Board of Directors thanks you for participating in a survey last winter to determine future RR locations. Based on the survey results, the top two locations for RR42 (Fall 2019) are the Pacific Northwest near Seattle and Central California near Fresno. The Board is now seeking applicants interested in several key positions for RR42 planning and coordination:

-RR42 Coordinator/Joint Coordinators

-RR42 Planning Committee Members (Program Chair, Budget, Communications/Marketing, Training, etc.)

We would like these new committee members to assist the Board in evaluating final venue proposals this Fall.

Please contact anprpresident@gmail.com by October 8, 2018 if you are interested in any of the above positions. The ANPR President and Board hope to fill these critical positions prior to RR41 this November.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Bowling Green in less than two months!

The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR.org), a group of nearly 800 national park rangers and others who support their work, wishes to respectfully express its serious concerns over the proposal to increase some entrance fees to $70, and urges that the fee proposal be reworked.

First, the Association is concerned about ensuring safe conditions for employees and visitors. Park visitors have been expressing frustration over issues including high fees, long lines, lack of parking and lack of staff. There have been incidents of fee collectors and visitor center staff being yelled at and harassed over these issues. In many units of the National Park System, ranger staffing levels have been declining while visitor use has been increasing. Many parks hire seasonal employees during peak season. The fee increase may shift visitor use to off-peak seasons when fewer staff members are available to assist visitors, or it may encourage people to purchase the $80 Annual Pass and increase visitation, further overwhelming existing facilities and staff in some of the proposed parks at the same time park operations budgets are proposed to be cut. Second, we have concerns that visitors may purchase the $80 Annual Passes in lieu of the single-visit (7-day) $70 passes. Annual Pass receipts are not used to support park transportation systems. In parks with shuttle buses, a major portion of the single-visit entrance fee pays for this transportation system to alleviate traffic congestion. If, instead of paying a $70 entrance fee, visitors purchase Annual Passes, shuttle bus system funding may be in serious jeopardy, adding to overcrowding. Third, the Association is concerned if entrance fees are raised as proposed, low and middle-income families and individuals may not be able to visit during their summer vacation. If visiting national parks becomes costprohibitive, support for conserving these lands will decrease.

Lastly, we are concerned that a proposal to triple the fees at certain parks assumes that National Park System areas are primarily recreation sites that might be eventually largely financed by visitor receipts. However, more than just recreation sites, these are places that preserve, by law, our natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations. Many values are protected in our national parks, including outstanding wildlife, wilderness, recreation, and historic resources that are the envy of the world. They provide an important “window” into our past and future that must be preserved.

The Association of National Park Rangers wants to keep our national treasures accessible, protected, and safe for all visitors, and believes they ought to be managed primarily with federal tax revenues, with an additional limited contribution of fees from the people who visit in a given year. We look forward to working with the Administration to solve the issues that arise and to ensure the protection of our national parks for future generations.