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The Signpost Newsletter
Editor, Matt Cerkel
Associate Editor, Jeff Price
Parks Need Your Help & Vote
Please Support the Parks and Water Bond
The California Parks, Environment, and Water Bond is on the ballot in California as a legislatively-referred bond act on June 5, 2018.
It was a very close vote to get the measure on the ballot. A 2/3 vote (54 members) was required in the State Assembly and it received 56 aye votes. A 2/3 vote (27 senators) was required in the State Senate and it received 27 aye votes. In September 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 5, titled the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018.
The measure would authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects. The measure would also require that between 15 and 20 percent of the bond’s funds, depending on type of project, be dedicated to projects in communities with median household incomes less than 60 percent of the $39,980 statewide average.
A "yes" vote supports the measure to authorize $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects.
Clean and reliable water resources, including secure flood control systems, and access to parks and recreational space, are vital to our economy and wellbeing as a state.
This bond allows us to invest in critical priorities that have been neglected for years, while lifting people up with good jobs and livable, healthy communities.
We recommend YES on Senate Bill 5.
Under the Flat Hat
by Matt Cerkel
As many of you know, I often write about the need for standards for the park ranger profession, the idea of the generalist ranger and where the ranger profession is headed. I’ve praised PRAC for having developed the Park Ranger Training and Standards, the “Generalist Ranger” certificate. I’ve written about the trouble of using the term “Generalist Ranger” because the term means different things to different people and there is no agreed upon standard on what is a “Generalist Ranger.”
I like the new term for modern-day equivalent of the “Generalist Ranger” and that is “Multi-Specialist Ranger.” A term North Carolina uses for its State Park Rangers. At the 2018 California Parks Training Conference, our keynote speaker, Captain Ken Brink, talked about the need for national standards for park rangers.
During his speech Ken discussed the five duties modern park rangers have: Interpretation, Hospitality, Public Safety (Law enforcement, EMS, SAR and Fire), Maintenance and Stewardship. These same duties are also reflected in PRAC's Park Ranger Training and Standards. (continued on Page 8)
Brian Lee proudly showing Park Ranger badge patch he just purchased.
Mike Lynch photo