World Ranger Congress USA 2016

World Ranger Congress USA 2016

International Ranger Federation’s 8th World Ranger Congress Estes Park, Colorado, USA May 21 – 27, 2016 

The 8th World Ranger Congress will be held in Estes Park, Colorado, USA – just minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park from 21-27 May 2016.

International Ranger Federation's World Ranger Congress

International Ranger Federation’s World Ranger Congress

As usual, the UK will be sending a contingent to the Congress and it is hoped that some new attendees will join the small team of rangers who have attended previous gatherings.

The conference is open to members of ranger associations affiliated with the International Ranger Federation (IRF) worldwide. In England and Wales this is the Countryside Management Association and in Scotland, The Scottish Countryside Ranger Association. But if you are interested in attending but not a member of a ranger association then contact Ian Brooker; Dartmoor National Park   (ibrooker@dartmoor.gov.uk). Ian is the CMA International Adviser and he will readily help you in this matter.

Since 1994 approximately every three years, the IRF brings together rangers from around the globe to network with each other and renew their common commitment to preserving and protecting the world’s natural and cultural resources.   These international meetings provide rangers and protected area professionals the opportunity to learn new skills, share knowledge, create lasting partnerships, and be inspired by their colleagues. Delegates also learn how to increase public awareness about how these special places contribute to a healthy society and sustainable economies.  It is expected that the 2016 Congress will attract over 300 rangers from up to 40 countries.

To quote from Sean Willmore, the IRF President –

I have been fortunate enough to experience three World Ranger Congresses, and whilst the working sessions are highly engaging it is equally the time spent sharing a story, a laugh, even a tragedy, whilst in the service of your protected area that are of value. That is the common thread that will bind you and the fire that will be ignited in you, and the connections made will last a lifetime in some cases. It probably started for you somewhere long before you even heard of a World Ranger Congress, but when you get to the WRC 2016, you’ll realise it’s one of the most profound professional and personal experiences you’ll have.

Full details about the Congress including programme outline and costs can be found at http://www.worldrangercongressusa.com