Project Description

UNSUNG HEROES
(Backcountry Rangers)

OBJECTIVE: The Foundation would like support the ranks of backcountry rangers across the JMT Backcountry, increasing their numbers, improving their shelters and stations and enhancing or updating their gear or equipment.

UNSUNG HEROES
(Backcountry Rangers)

OBJECTIVE: The Foundation would like support the ranks of backcountry rangers across the JMT Backcountry, increasing their numbers, improving their shelters and stations and enhancing or updating their gear or equipment.

You don’t have to read the fantastic page-turning book The Last Season by Eric Blehm about legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson to understand how important the backcountry rangers are to the John Muir Trail and its vast wilderness. These dedicated people are highly-skilled backpackers and mountaineers who are the first responders, the remote emergency medical technicians, and the trail ambassadors who remind everyone what “Leave No Trace” really means.

Through their regular patrols, they protect the wilderness and keep everyone safe. If you inadvertently pitch your tent too close to a stream or fragile meadow, you will be graciously guided to another spot. It is the rangers who restore illegal fire pits and campsites, and post warnings. If you sprain an ankle, break an arm, or take a fall, these people are the remote EMT’s that provide immediate medical attention to stabilize your injury. In the event you are lost or seriously injured, the rangers organize the search- and-rescue operations to get you home safely. If tragedy strikes, they put themselves in danger to scale the steep cliffs and or belay the sharp descents to recover a body for its return to family.

Over many years of budget cuts, changed priorities and redeployed assets, the number of these experienced veterans has fallen, particularly along the JMT south of Yosemite National Park. Our foundation wants to assure consistent and full staffing of seasonal JMT backcountry rangers throughout the year. The funds we raise could also be used to maintain and upgrade ranger stations and shelters, and to improve or upgrade their gear and equipment. In the 2019 season, we are starting with salaries for four to seven additional backcountry rangers across the JMT Backcountry. With your donations, we hope to keep this going for every season to come!

Donate through our GoFundMe campaign to help JMT Rangers

Pictured is Rob Pelewski from the Crabtree Ranger Station in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks as he summits Mt. Morgenson, a peak dedicated to the memory of NPS Ranger Randy Morgenson in 2015

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You don’t have to read the fantastic page-turning book The Last Season by Eric Blehm about legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson to understand how important these people are to the John Muir Trail and its vast wilderness. Backcountry rangers are highly-skilled backpackers and mountaineers who are the first responders, the remote emergency medical technicians, and the trail ambassadors who remind everyone what “Leave No Trace” really means.

Through their regular patrols, they keep everyone safe. If you sprain an ankle, break an arm, or take a fall, the backcountry rangers are responsible for the search-and-rescue operation to get you home safely. If tragedy strikes, they put themselves in danger to scale the steep cliffs and or belay the sharp descents to recover a body for its return to family.

Over many years of budget cuts, changed priorities and redeployed assets, the number of these experienced veterans has fallen, particularly along the JMT south of Yosemite National Park. Our foundation wants to assure consistent and full staffing of seasonal JMT backcountry rangers throughout the year. In the 2019 season, we will provide salaries four to seven additional backcountry rangers across the JMT Backcountry. With your annual donations, we hope to keep this going for every season to come!

Donate through our GoFundMe campaign to help JMT Rangers

Pictured is Rob Pelewski from the Crabtree Ranger Station in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks as he summits Mt. Morgenson, a peak dedicated to the memory of NPS Ranger Randy Morgenson in 2015

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