Back in April, in my previous blog I'd written about how I was heading to the World Ranger Congress in Estes Park, Colorado. What a fantastic experience. I couldn't possibly describe everything I did, all the inspirational people I met or all the things I learnt in one blog so I hope I've managed to capture the essence of the congress for you.
|Estes Park YMCA was to be our home for the week. A beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.|
|Multi-nation flag parade including Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Norway and Kyrgyzstan.|
|Reading out the names of the 60 rangers who have died since the last World Ranger Day, July 31st 2015|
|All 320 delegates with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop|
|The Countryside Management Association Delegates - including 5 National Trust representatives from around England and Wales|
The congress contained a series of very interesting talks, thought-provoking presentations and plenty of time to get to know our fellow rangers. Many of these talks would take a blog each to describe. One particularly inspiring talk was by ranger Christian Mbina of Gabon: "It is not a fight to save Africa. It is a fight to save the world." National Park Service director, Jonathan Jarvis, also gave a frank and heartfelt talk about the American National Park System - 'How do we engage the disconnected in our National Parks?' They are the future. Conservationist Harvey Locke, gave a talk thanking rangers for their important work and described his nature needs half theory - how we should protect more of planet earth.
|Ranger Christian Mbina of Gabon. He said his name badge should not say he is from Gabon, but from the world.|
|National Park Service director, Jonathan Jarvis|
|Trees and mountains, rather like home!|
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