ANPR e-Newsletter

September 6, 2021

A monthly e-newsletter from the Association of National Park Rangers
Compiled by Elsa Hansen, Board Member for Internal Communications, and others.

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A Lot of News This Time
Condolences to the Yellowstone NP NPS Family

Details are still pending, but ANPR extends condolences to the family, friends and Yellowstone NP colleagues related to death of NPS Ranger Ralph Anderson, who died of an apparent suicide in August.

Very few subjects are more personal and private than deaths by suicide. However, it is important that we have these conversations together and work to support each other now more than ever. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and deaths by suicide affect individuals and families across our society. I also want to acknowledge that law enforcement officers and first responders who experience significant stress injuries throughout their careers are particularly affected by suicide. We may never know all the factors leading to this tragedy; what we do know is that in nearly all suicides there is no single cause or simple explanation.

For those who are struggling, you are not alone, and help is available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This hotline offers free 24-hour confidential, live support.
800-273-TALK (8255) 
We ask each of you to make a concerted effort to watch out for one another. To routinely check in on one another. Help is available and no one should feel the need to suffer alone or in silence.  
Mark Your Calendars for October 16
With the demise of Ranger Rendezvous 44 in Jacksonville FL, ANPR will conduct its annual membership meeting (via Zoom) as required by our by-laws. The meeting will begin at 1:00PM EDT (10:00AM PDT). A Zoom invite will be provided about a week before the meeting
  • Welcome and Introduction – President Paul Anderson
    • Treasurer - Bill Wade
    • Secretary - Lauren Kopplin
    • Board Member for Membership Services - Reghan Tank
    • Board Member for Fundraising - Jeanette Meleen
    • Board Member for Professional Issues – Tim Moore
    • Board Member for Seasonal Perspectives – Lauren DeGennaro
    • Board Member for Training and Development – Tom Banks
    • Board Member for Government Affairs – Rebecca Harriett
    • Board Member for Internal Communications – Elsa Hansen
    • Board Member for Strategic Planning – Jonathan Shafer
  • State of the Association – President Paul Anderson
  • Nomination of candidates for vacant Board positions:
    • Board Member for Membership Services (three-year term)
    • Board Member for Fundraising (three-year term)
    • President Elect (one year as President Elect; then automatically assumes position of ANPR President for a three-year term)
  • Open discussion from the floor
  • Announcement of Super Raffle winners (pending completion of the drawing)
Help Carry on the ANPR Mission by Joining our Board of Directors
Has ANPR made a difference in your personal and professional life? Would you like to help contribute to the continued success and growth of ANPR as the professional organization for employees of the National Park Service?
If so, consider running for the ANPR Board of Directors!
This year, three key positions are open: President-Elect, Board Member for Fundraising and Board Member for Membership Services. Visit our website to see who’s currently on the board, and to review the “officer position descriptions.” Board of Directors | ANPR
If you have an interest in running for any of these positions or if you would like to nominate someone to run, please email Jamie Richards, Chair, ANPR Election Committee at, or be prepared to self-nominate or nominate someone during the annual membership meeting. 
Super Raffle 2021
Only 40 days until the drawing on October 16
As an ANPR member, you can "donate" for "tickets" for yourself and/or you can solicit donations for tickets from family, friends, or whomever, by sharing the raffle URL and asking them to enter your name in the "Give credit for my tickets to:" field, so you can get credit for the ticket(s). Or, you can seek donations from others in person, and then manually enter their information and payment into the dashboard. 
The raffle URL is:

There will be a $500 gift card prize with Amazon for the most donations for tickets by an individual, and a $100 gift card prize with Amazon for the person who donates for the ticket drawn for the "Grand Prize."

The Prizes (see details by going to the URL)
  1. Grand Prize: “Roll Your Own” trip – you decide when, where, how long and who goes with you. ANPR will contribute up to $1800, or take $1400 cash in lieu of trip.
  2. One week stay at cabin outside Yellowstone National Park – value $1200.
  3. Original Nature Photograph by Connie Rudd – value $200
  4. Quilted wall hanging by famous Alaska quilt artist Ree Nancarrow – value $650
  5. Stained glass NPS arrowhead – value $525
  6. Lodging (four nights) at Ranger Rendezvous in Tucson, AZ – value $500 (or take $200 in lieu of)
  7. Hand carved caricature of a “ranger” by Rob Arnberger – value $450
  8. Two-night stay in an AirBnb “tiny house” plus a dinner for two at a supper club in New Orleans – value $300+
  9. Collection of “NPS books” autographed by the authors (see the list on the website) – value TBD – INCLUDING SIGNED BOOK BY BETTY REID SOSKIN (Oldest NPS Park Ranger who will turn 100 years old on September 22)Several new books listed.
  10. Collection of seven books from Mountaineers Books – value $200 New
  11. Handmade NPS Plaque by Rick Seward – value $175 New
  12. Stained glass hanging of a bison – value $60
  13. Two bottles of homemade wine from boutique vineyard of Jim Milestone (retired NPS superintendent) – value $85 New
We expect that additional prizes will be added and we will send out updates periodically announcing new prizes and other information, or check the URL for updated list of prizes.

If you have a notable item or service you would like to donate to this activity as a prize, please contact Bill Wade ( with information. If you have contact with an author of book(s) about NPS or set in an NPS area, please forward information to Bill so we can try to add to the collection of signed books.

Donations for tickets:
  • 1 ticket - $5.00
  • 10 tickets - $40.00
  • 50 tickets - $150.00
  • 100 tickets - $200.00
Harry Yount Lifetime Achievement Award
As previously reported, ANPR has assumed the management of this award from the NPS. This year, the award will be presented to:
  • Bill Halainen
  • Jack Morehead
We had intended to bestow these awards at the Ranger Rendezvous in Jacksonville. Instead, the awards will be presented at Yellowstone NP (where Harry Yount did his “rangering”) on October 14, 2021. Details about the award citations and ceremony will be in the winter edition of Ranger Magazine.
There is a cost of travel for the recipients and for the traditional “Bust of Harry Yount” sculptures currently being cast by a foundry in Loveland, CO. If you are interested in donating to this effort, go to the ANPR website, click on the “Donate” button or scroll to “Support ANPR Today”, and choose “Harry Yount Award Fund” …then follow the prompts.
Ranger Rendezvous Update
With the cancellation of RR44 in Jacksonville, we are planning several mini-RR “meet and greet” meetings on October 16 in the following locations (all starting at 7:00pm local time, unless otherwise notified and except for Tucson which will start at 4:00pm MST):
  • Washington DC
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Moab, UT
  • Asheville, NC
  • Tucson, AZ (at the venue for RR2022)
  • [A west coast location TBD]
Those of you in/near those locations will hear more details from the event coordinators.
Next year’s RR will be in Tucson, AZ at the beautiful Westward Look Resort – We have a great contract with low room rates and other amenities at the property. We are already working on plans to make this one of the best RRs ever.  The dates are October 24-30, 2022.
Ranger Rendezvous Management Team
We have organized the management team into three Sections, under a RR Manager, who is responsible for the overall management of the RR. (See organization chart at:
Information Section Chief – responsible for development and distribution of all information about the RR:
  • Marketing/Advertising Leader – responsible for developing and distributing all media-related information about the RR
  • Local External Leader – responsible for coordinating with local agencies and organizations to support or attend the RR
  • Ranger Magazine Leader – responsible for including appropriate information about RR in Ranger Magazine [generally a function of the Editor/Publisher of Ranger Magazine]
  • Website Leader – responsible for managing all RR-related activities on the ANPR website [generally a function of the ANPR Business Manager]
Operations Section Chief – responsible for specified functions related to the RR
  • Program Leader – responsible for developing the RR agenda/program and managing related presenters
  • Exhibits Leader – responsible for recruiting and supporting exhibitors/vendors/sponsors for the RR
  • Training Leader – responsible for recruiting and managing training presentations scheduled for the RR
  • Raffles Leader – responsible for procuring raffle/auction items and managing the raffle/auction function during the RR
  • Sales Leader – responsible for procuring appropriate sales items and managing the sales function during the RR
  • Photo Contest Leader – responsible for soliciting photos for the contest and managing the function before, during and after the RR
  • Awards Leader – responsible for managing the presentation of awards during the RR [generally a function of the ANPR President]
Logistics Section Chief – responsible for specified logistical functions related to the RR
  • Registration Leader – responsible for managing the attendee registration function during the RR
  • Transportation Leader – responsible for arranging transportation related to field trips during the RR
  • Hospitality Leader – responsible for managing all aspects of the hospitality function during the RR
  • Field Trips Leader – responsible for arranging for, and coordinating field trips during the RR
  • Audiovisual Support Leader – responsible for managing the audiovisual support to presenters during the RR
  • Oral History Leader – responsible for coordinating oral history interviews during the RR and coordinating with the interviewers
  • Supernaugh Scholar Leader – responsible for coordinating selection of Supernaugh Scholars and managing their work assignments during the RR [generally a function of the BOD member responsible for seasonal issues]
  • Rideshares/Roomshares Leader – responsible for coordinating any requested sharing of rides and sharing of rooms during the RR
As noted, each of these functions has a “leader” and can have one or more individuals to assist or support. 
If you are interested in helping with the RR in Tucson, please contact and identify the function(s) with which you are interested in helping. Note that several of the functions on the organization chart below already have names, but don’t let that stop you from indicating your interest in any one of them. Help is always needed with all the functions.
ANPR Photo Contest 2021
We’re keeping the spirit of Ranger Rendezvous alive and need you to submit your best photos to the annual photo contest!

Since we’re going virtual again this year, we will be hosting this contest on Facebook, so ANPR members and the public alike can see the efforts of our talented entrants. The winner will be chosen by which photo has the most “likes!” Winners will be selected from each category and have their photos published in ANPR’s quarterly magazine, Ranger, and a “Best of Show” photo will take the top spot! In addition, the winners of each category will receive a $25 gift card from Amazon; and the "Best of Show" will receive a $100 gift card from Amazon.

  1. Landscapes
  2. Wildlife
  3. Historical & Cultural Resources
  4. People in the Parks (be sure to ask permission of subject before submitting)
  5. It’s in the Details (close-ups, abstract designs, micro-details)
  6. Our Changing World (Covid, increased visitation, wildland fires, etc.)
  • All photos must be taken within a national park unit or international protected area
  • Contestants may enter only one photo per category
  • Deadline for photo submissions is September 30, 2021. Voting on Facebook will be open October 3-13, with winners announced on October 16.
  • Entrants agree to unlimited use of images by ANPR
Send your photos to Elsa Hansen, Board member for Internal Communications at, with your name, the location of photo and category as the file name:
           Example: Elsa Hansen_Zion NP_Landscapes
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