State Park Rangers on Duty in Times of Calm and Peril


The view of the Tennessee River from Joe Wheeler State Park changed dramatically after last December’s tornado. Photo by Chad Davis

Thankfully, with a few exceptions, Alabama State Parks remain open during the COVID-19 restrictions.

And as diligent as always, our park rangers are on duty to deal with any situation that might arise with everything from a welcoming wave and helpful hand to rescuing park visitors in peril.

That peril was particularly apparent last December when a line of storms started moving through north Alabama.

Joe Wheeler State Park Ranger Ryan Robertson was on patrol on December 16, 2019, while Ranger David Barr had the day off, or so he thought.

“That afternoon, we had some pretty volatile weather,” Barr said. “Ryan was running duty, and I stopped him at the boat ramp and told him I would be home if it got bad.”

It got bad at the 2,550-acre park on the Tennessee River near Rogersville. When a tornado warning was issued a little after 5 p.m., Barr donned his uniform and headed into the park to help Robertson warn the patrons and park volunteers of the impending storm.

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Job Opportunity – WI – Director

Bureau Director – Parks and Recreation – Career Executive, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Position Summary:   

The Park and Recreation Management Bureau Director position is a crucial position within the agency and is responsible for multiple facets of internal and external program management. Daily duties include the direction of the state parks system and daily program operations including property management and operations, business systems management such as camping and property admissions, policy and standards development and implementation, stakeholder and partnership relations, property capital improvements, complex issue management, fiscal responsibilities, disaster response, interpretation and education and the general leadership of more than 500 system staff.

The Wisconsin State Park System consists of over 110 state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas; more than 150,000 acres, 500 boat access sites and just over 6,000 campsites and sees more than 17.5 million visits per year. Additionally, Wisconsin is home to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the North Country Trail of which 50 system properties are the host. The system is supported by nearly 200 full time employees and 300 limited/seasonal employees across the state. The Wisconsin State Park System is also the only self-funded state park system in the nation, successfully and sustainably utilizing camping and admission fees as the sole source of operational funding. In addition, the Parks and Recreation Management bureau provides key property management services for enhanced customer experiences on nearly all 1.6 million acres of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources property including State Wildlife Areas, Fisheries Area and Natural Areas via separate funding mechanisms.

Outdoor recreation in Wisconsin is growing at an incredible rate with more than 95% of Wisconsin residents participating in outdoor recreation. Consumer spending on outdoor recreation in Wisconsin totals nearly $18 billion.

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Permanent Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund: Three Next Steps

Margaret A. Walls

A victory for conservation may be imminent. Congress looks poised to pass a bill that will provide stable annual spending streams from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for the foreseeable future. If the bill passes, the entire $900 million that goes into the fund each year, most of it from offshore oil and gas lease revenues, will be allocated to federal agencies for land acquisition and to states for park and recreation investments without having to go through the Congressional appropriations process. Bipartisan support for the bill, which has been combined with funding for the national park maintenance backlog, is strong and President Trump, in a surprising move, recently indicated that he would sign the legislation.

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Rafters take a break on the shore of the Green River

Job Opportunity – WY – Shosone District Manager

Responsible for oversight of all State Parks and Historic Site operations, maintenance, and budget within Wyoming State Parks designated District 6, the Shoshone District, which includes Ft. Bridger State Historic Site, Piedmont Charcoal Kilns, Granger Stage Station, Names Hill, South Pass City State Historic Site, Point of Rocks, Seminoe State Park, and Sinks Canyon State Park. This includes guiding and directing superintendents regarding public relations, fee collection, operations and maintenance, visitor services, interpretive programming, personnel, and budget. Serve as a representative of the Senior Management Team to help create, support, and implement statewide division budgets, personnel allocation, rules and regulations, policies, and broader division goals and initiatives. 

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