Public Lands Stewards: Who Are You? And What Do You Do?

“So what exactly does a wilderness/backcountry ranger do?” This is the question invariably asked by friends, family and public alike when I explain that for six months through the summer I will be patrolling the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. When I first applied for the position I had little more than an idea of the actual duties of a wilderness ranger, and honestly after my first few weeks I wasn’t much closer to a solid answer. Finally now, after a full two months of stumbling, learning and experiencing the job first hand, I am pretty sure I have a reasonable grasp of what I do. Continue Reading…