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The National Park Service’s Proposed Fee Increase

The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment … Continue reading The National Park Service’s Proposed Fee Increase

One More Season – Thousands of More Visitors

My summer at Mesa Verde is now complete; it was my 5th season at Mesa Verde National Park and my 9th season since 2011 with the National Park Service. I learned a lot this season about my leadership skills, my idea of professionalism, and more. Like last summer, it was still a weird feeling to be “looked to for answers” and support. As I am … Continue reading One More Season – Thousands of More Visitors

The Freckledy Ranger

When working for the National Park Service, they ask that you don’t use “Ranger ____” in your profile names or use a picture of you in uniform. This is because  in the internet world its easy to misunderstand something that is a personal opinion, as something that is an opinion of an employer. As this is my personal account, that I do on my own … Continue reading The Freckledy Ranger

Back On the Green Table

I’ve been back in uniform and at Mesa Verde for over a month now and it still doesn’t feel like things are slowing down. I had a few days of training and then we were all right back at it! Memorial Day came and went so fast it was hard to keep track of it. Boy, was the park busy that weekend! I was out … Continue reading Back On the Green Table

An Open Letter to the Secretary of the Interior

Originally posted on Thoughts of a Civil War Nut:
AThis open letter was sent the traditional way, through the mail, to the Secretary of Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke at the main office in Washington D.C. It’s been two weeks since I sent this letter and I am ready to finally share it. Dear Secretary Zinke, As a historian at heart, I wanted to… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Secretary of the Interior