Building Park Ranger Skills

Park Rangers were able to gain training to better maintain important backcountry equipment used to keep trails cleared and safe.

Maintaining backcountry trails and operations is a challenge for large and wild national parks. With help from NPF, Yellowstone National Park sent staff to improve their crosscut saw maintenance and sharpening skills. These Park Rangers can now maintain their backcountry cache of crosscut saws and are able to assist other backcountry supervisors in Yellowstone National Park.

Having this knowledge improved the park's backcountry operations immensely. In one summer season, one of the park's sub-districts cleared the backcountry trails for the first time with hand tools, clearing over 400 trees from 95 miles of trails.

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