Mike Lynch, historian, author, and California State Park Ranger, has written a pictoral history of the ranger to be published as part of the Images of America series. Mike is also the author of Rangers of California’s State Parks, published in 1996 for the 125th Anniversary of the California State Park Ranger. This new book should be available at the California Parks Conference in March.
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.
CALIFORNIA STATE PARK RANGERS
by Michael G. Lynch
On Sale Date: 02/23/2009
128 Pages, ISBN: 0738559938
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing