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About the International Ranger Federation The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organization established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that the world’s park rangers do in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. The role of the IRF is to empower rangers by supporting their national or state ranger organizations, or assisting in the establishment of local ranger associations in countries where they do not currently exist. Web: Facebook: About the World Ranger Congress The IRF World Ranger Congress is a triennial event that brings together rangers from all over the world and provides them the opportunity to learn new skills, share knowledge and create partnerships. The Congress is also a forum for the creation of recommendations on issues that affect rangers, for presentation at conservation forums. The Congress provides host countries with the opportunity to raise the profile of rangers and their work. Web: Facebook: About the Association of National Park Rangers The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) is an organization created to communicate for, about, and with National Park Service employees of all disciplines; to promote and enhance the professions, spirit and mission of National Park Service employees; to support management and the perpetuation of the National Park Service and the National Park System; and to provide a forum for professional enrichment. Web: Facebook: Twitter:

2016 World Ranger Congress

The 8th World Ranger Congress took place in Estes Park, Colorado and provided rangers and protected area professionals the opportunity to learn new skills, share knowledge, create lasting partnerships, and be inspired by their colleagues.

Park and protected area rangers from around the world met at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado May 21-26 to share their passion for conserving the natural and cultural heritage of their home countries, states and territories. Between 300 and 400 rangers attended the 8th World Ranger Congress as delegates to the Congress at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colo. The rangers are members of the 63 ranger associations in 46 countries that make up the worldwide International Ranger Federation (IRF). The 2016 World Ranger Congress is historic for two reasons: It will be the first time the triennial Congress has been convened in the United States, and 2016 marks the Centennial of the National Park Service, which was established by the U.S. Congress on August 25, 1916. The first World Ranger Congress was held in Poland in 1995; delegates met in Costa Rica in 1997, South Africa in 2000, Australia in 2003, Scotland in 2006, Bolivia in 2009 and Tanzania in 2012. "Rangers are a special breed of people — dedicated, passionate and determined,” said IRF President Sean Willmore, founder of the Thin Green Line Foundation based in Melbourne, Australia, which supports rangers in anti-poaching efforts. “Whether you are called a forest guard, guarde parquet, guarde forestal, warden, eco guard, indigenous land protector — it does not matter — you are part of one very special family: a family dedicated to protecting the world's most special places, and its natural and cultural heritage.” The 2016 theme “Connecting Parks, Rangers, and Communities” signifies the primary objectives of the World Ranger Congress, which serves to provide learning, networking and inspiration for rangers; to address global issues (climate change, habitat degradation, poaching and additional issues) of importance for the future; and to identify actions for the IRF and its member associations to broaden relationships with new and existing partners. Among the speakers will be U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis; author Terry Tempest Williams; National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson from Ken Burns’ film “The National Parks;” and conservationist Harvey Locke.

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