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  • Park ranger or Forest ranger is a person entrusted with protecting and preserving parklands - national, state or provincial parks. Different countries use different names for the position. Ranger is the favored term in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Within the United States, the National Park Service refers to the position as a Park Ranger. The US Forest Service refers to the position as a Forest Ranger. Other countries use the term park warden or game warden to describe this occupation. The profession has often been characterized as "protecting the people from the resource, and the resource from the people." The profession includes a number of disciplines and specializations, and park rangers are often required to be proficient in more than one. Early Rangers The term Ranger first appeared in 13th-century England. Rangers were officials employed to "range" through the countryside providing law and order (often against poaching). In North America rangers served in...
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