Ranger service

Ensure there is a ranger service with funding to manage visitor pressure in the park.

Why the contribution is important

The pandemic has shown the need for ranger services and adequate visitor infrastructure - including parkimg and campsites.

by IMcC on May 25, 2022 at 03:35PM

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Based on: 15 votes


  • Posted by NicBullivant May 31, 2022 at 10:59

    In Scottish experience, the NP that had its own Ranger service from the start could manage the general issue of visitor pressure everywhere. The one that didn't couldn't. It was patchy and incomplete. The Ranger Service would be a good influence on the whole NPA and concentrate minds on important issues to do with environmental integrity, visitor issues and environmental education / interpretation.
  • Posted by Prunusavium June 02, 2022 at 08:52

    Why do you want a ranger service? Encouraging many tourists into an area requires additional infrastructure. If you want to safeguard biodiversity loss and mitigate climate change, this is not a priority.
  • Posted by camusfearna June 05, 2022 at 10:49

    These comments raise an important question as to whether the designation of an area as a national park, however laudable the intention, actually is helpful or not to the local area in terms of increasing visitor pressure on communities and infrastructure and impacting the environment; unless the designation is matched with substantial funds to establish a well-resourced national park authority, build additional tourism infrastructure, have a ranger service to help manage visitor pressures to protect the environment and so on. There is no cheap or simple national park designation option and such a designation potentially could be counter-productive.
  • Posted by stubizz June 05, 2022 at 11:14

    There's a breed of visitor - the destructive slobs - who are increasingly mobile and trash any beauty spot they visit, causing immense damage and putting off other visitors. A serious revision of laws and enforcement is required. Those precious areas without the protection of National Park status (such as Galloway) and an effective ranger service are now at greater risk.
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