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    From Smart Money Magazine:

    10 Things National Parks Won't Tell You

    7. “Good luck finding a ranger this summer.”

    ONE ONGOING issue for national parks is the lack of rangers. National Park rangers—who serve as both security staff and as tour guides—are generally considered to be among the best in the world. But during peak season, during the months of July and August, national parks routinely rely on volunteers to serve as tour guides, since due to budget constraints, they often can’t hire enough rangers to accommodate the large crowds. That means getting a good guide often becomes a “crap shoot” at best, says Tipton.

    The good news is that the Park Service is planning to add 3,000 seasonal rangers this year. But even so, you still have another option at many locations: Visitors can download an audio or video podcast to their smartphone. Don’t have one? At Shenandoah you can rent a GPS Ranger loaded up with park information. Not all the parks offer such units yet, but there are plans in the works to use technology to improve the visitor experience across the board.
    Somthing else they woun't tell you: Self-Defense will be legal next year.

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    Repeater wrote:
    From Smart Money Magazine:

    10 Things National Parks Won't Tell You

    7. “Good luck finding a ranger this summer.”

    ONE ONGOING issue for national parks is the lack of rangers. National Park rangers—who serve as both security staff and as tour guides—are generally considered to be among the best in the world. But during peak season, during the months of July and August, national parks routinely rely on volunteers to serve as tour guides, since due to budget constraints, they often can’t hire enough rangers to accommodate the large crowds. That means getting a good guide often becomes a “crap shoot” at best, says Tipton.

    The good news is that the Park Service is planning to add 3,000 seasonal rangers this year. But even so, you still have another option at many locations: Visitors can download an audio or video podcast to their smartphone. Don’t have one? At Shenandoah you can rent a GPS Ranger loaded up with park information. Not all the parks offer such units yet, but there are plans in the works to use technology to improve the visitor experience across the board.
    Somthing else they woun't tell you: Self-Defense will be legal next year.
    Well, about 60% of my state is covered by National Parks, Forests, Refuges, Military installations, etc. If they are going to set aside all of these parks and federal land for all of us, then they better well come up with the means to staff it.

    Other wise, give it back.
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    "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.

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    Repeater wrote:
    From Smart Money Magazine:

    10 Things National Parks Won't Tell You

    7. “Good luck finding a ranger this summer.”

    ONE ONGOING issue for national parks is the lack of rangers. National Park rangers—who serve as both security staff and as tour guides—are generally considered to be among the best in the world. But during peak season, during the months of July and August, national parks routinely rely on volunteers to serve as tour guides, since due to budget constraints, they often can’t hire enough rangers to accommodate the large crowds. That means getting a good guide often becomes a “crap shoot” at best, says Tipton.

    The good news is that the Park Service is planning to add 3,000 seasonal rangers this year. But even so, you still have another option at many locations: Visitors can download an audio or video podcast to their smartphone. Don’t have one? At Shenandoah you can rent a GPS Ranger loaded up with park information. Not all the parks offer such units yet, but there are plans in the works to use technology to improve the visitor experience across the board.
    Somthing else they woun't tell you: Self-Defense will be legal next year.
    Yep, starting in Feb of next year there will be an increase in armed security, and it won't cost the tax payers one thin dime.

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    There are Rangers and then there are Rangers. The normal Ranger Smith types are unarmed and not sworn LEOs. Then there are the U.S. Park Police, who have authority in DC and on all National parkland, but mainly just stick to the BW, GW, and Clara Barton Parkways and environs (and a small detachment polices the Presidio in San Crisco). There is a force of no-joke armed LEO rangers who patrol parks and forests such as Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest. NPS LEOs are few and far between, though; and you can bet your trail mix that one probably wont be right there when a BG decides you might have something he wants.

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    GPS Ranger......Gubmint Provided Tracking Device.......or Helpful Tool......Does it show location of sheeple, sheepdogs and wolves too.....and the nearest help is _____________far away........(fill in blank), I hear pepper spray is effective up close.................. or profanity, yelling always works.......

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    or profanity
    No No No! Can't use profanity......... think of the children.

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    Task Force 16 wrote:
    or profanity
    No No No! Can't use profanity......... think of the children.
    Couldn't hear the profanity over the Ipod thing and too busy Sexting to notice the Shock that someone would say such a thing in public.....Well I never........Feign indignation here......I've heard words from the young uns out there I never knew exsisted, my virgin ears.....:what:

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