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New park ranger book by Mike Lynch
By Staff Writer   - 03/01/2009

International Police Association: Region 29 Bulletin

Past IPA National President and Auburn State Park Ranger Mike Lynch is back with another book on a favorite subject of his. The new book details the history of California's state park rangers.

A 35-year veteran of the State Parks Department, Lynch is currently serving as acting superintendent for the Auburn State Recreation Area. He's worked in the recreation area in the canyon near Auburn for more than three decades.

Lynch has appeared in books both as a subject and author. Lynch is the author or co-author in his own right of four books, starting with 1996's "Rangers of California's State Parks" and including 2004's "Auburn Images," 2005's "Insignia of the California Resources Agency" and "American River Canyon Hikes," also in 2005. Lynch, is known as the authority on the many and varied bridges that have spanned the north and middle forks in the vicinity of the American River confluence.

VISUAL HISTORY TOUR

His "California State Park Rangers" provides a visual tour of the history of the men and women who have protected some treasured Golden State landmarks for more than 100 years.

Lynch starts from the beginning. 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.

From there, Lynch guides readers through chapters on everything from celebrity encounters to brushes with bad guys. There are even a few Auburn-area photos in the mix.

The majority of the images come from the state park ranger anniversary photograph collection and there are more than 200 of them.

Lynch has a couple of goals in keeping with the spirit of the book.

He said, "I hope the book will help someone to seek a career as a park ranger, with a realistic idea of what ranger work involves."

And a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a good cause the state park anniversary committee.




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