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World Ranger Day Celebrated At Rocky Mountain National Park

World Ranger Day celebrated with premiere showing of Slovakian film “Ticha: The Valley of the Bear”

The staff of Rocky Mountain National Park invite you to celebrate World Ranger Day with them as they recognize world conservation areas, and the professional staff – the Rangers – that form the Thin Green Line around these most valuable resources.

The International Ranger Federation (IRF) was founded to support the work of Rangers as the key protectors of the world’s protected areas. At the 2006 World Ranger Congress in Scotland, IRF delegates decided that July 31 of each year, beginning in 2007, would be a day dedicated to world rangers. The first World Ranger Day fell on the 15th anniversary of the founding of IRF on July 31, 1992.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park became the world’s first federally designated national park. Since then, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, over 100,000 protected areas, representing more than 10% of the earth’s landmass, have been established around the world.

The English word “ranger” reflects the guardians of the Royal Forests in 14th century England, protecting the King’s lands from poachers. Today, Rangers in protected areas throughout the world continue this role for the public, not just for the royal families. Rangers are the key force protecting these resources from impairment. They do this through law enforcement, environmental education, community relations, fighting fires, conducting search and rescues, and in many other ways.

To celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s relationship with our sister parks, Tatra National Parks, in Slovakia and Poland, we are pleased to present the premiere of the Slovakian film “Ticha: The Valley of the Bear.” In northern Slovakia, there lies hidden a wild and mysterious place: Ticha, also known as The Silent Valley. In the rugged mountains and age-old forests, some of the very last islands of true alpine wilderness in Europe can still be found. Living in this wilderness are some forty bears, making their living away from the world of man. Ticha remains a kingdom ruled by the bear. As they have for thousands of years, bear mothers can still raise their cubs peacefully here, without the fear of being killed or even disturbed by people.

Come explore the hidden wonders of Ticha Valley and show your support for the Rangers of the World at this free program Friday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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