11 October 2013

Former NPS Ranger & Historian Vents

Update: More embarassment for NPS officials. Kids had to sue the NPS in federal court so they could get access to an athletic field for lacrosse practice. They won, at least for now:
McLean Youth Lacrosse’s lawsuit does not affect other closed national parks and monuments across the country. Still, it might be somewhat embarrassing to federal officials, who have been accused of closing facilities unnecessarily to exaggerate the shutdown’s impact. And it might inspire similar legal actions. ~ From the Washington Times Post

End of update.
Uh-oh. I'll have to assume that the Weekly Standard confirmed the legitimacy of this former NPS Ranger before publishing these comments on their blog:
I'm a former NPS historian/supervisory interpretive park ranger from two parks (at Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi and the Steamtown National Historic Site in Pennsylvania.). I’m now serving as a historian for another Federal agency. For years I've monitored NPS vacancies, just in case the opportunity arose to return to the NPS as a historian. No longer . . .
I have never been more embarrassed to admit that I'm former National Park Service and I will never return. The Park Ranger has long served as an [sic] representative of good government, someone who the public looked up to and admired. Through this calculated, politically-driven hackery and thug tactics, the image of the ranger and the NPS with the American public has been broken, probably irrevocably.
And to those offering up Straw Men & Red Herrings, legitimate criticism coming from many independent accounts and unrelated sources is not "demonizing" anyone. I've acknowledged more than once that I believe most NPS employees just want to do their jobs. I believe that most of them would much prefer doing what they were hired to do and are dedicated public servants. But that does not excuse what's going on at some parks and monuments. As I've already stated in previous posts, the NPS is not sacred and they are not, nor are their employees, above criticism. Attempting to smear those who are criticizing the over the top conduct of some NPS employees and their supervisors is rather transparent - it's not working.

This is the 2nd piece about the NPS appearing in the Weekly Standard. The first one can be read here. Unless the NPS behavior improves, the criticisms aren't going away. And, unfortunately for those NPS employees who have no part in this, the memories will linger for a very long time in the collective minds of the public.

My earlier posts can be read here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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