The Signpost Newsletter
First Quarter 2018
laptops, FLIR, night vision goggles, digital cameras, digital motion-activated game cameras (some with cellular connectivity to text message you the photos as they occur) and smart phones/tablets.
With the right set up a ranger can have access to nearly ALL their electronic paperwork without having to set foot in the ranger station. Of course, with smart phones/tablets you have a camera, camcorder, access to your email, GPS, maps and many apps that are useful for park rangers.
One of my favorite apps is iNaturalist, which now allows you to ID plants and animals by uploading a photo! On my phone other Apps I commonly use are a PDF reader, Google Earth, Topo Maps +, AllTrails, Strava, CA Laws, NASAR Field Guide, and Wildland Toolkit. The information and tools we can carry in a shirt pocket now is incredible.
Despite all these changes I’m glad certain things have not changed, such as our Flat Hat and our basic duties of Protecting the Park from the People, the People from the Park, and the People from the People.
In many cases the changes just help us do are basic duties in a safer and more effective manner.