Ranger Chris Wood at the 2016 World Ranger Congress
Ranger Chris Wood and his Lake District counterpart Clair Payne were chosen to represent the National Trust and the Countryside Management Association of England, Wales and Northern Ireland at the 2016 World Ranger Congress in Colorado, USA.
The eighth Congress was based at the Estes Park Centre in the Rocky Mountain National Park between 21 and 27 May 2016. Find out more here.
" I’m asking you to raise your voice. Because the only way real change takes place in this world is with voices that are raised. You can’t do it with a whisper. You can only do it with a shout. And it’s especially important if you are not by yourself. Be part of a group of people walking together in the same direction with the intent to change the world... Be inspired and be inspiring. "
Shelton Johnson, another legendary figure and well-known ranger in the U.S (and probably the best public speaker I have ever observed) filled us all with belief in our cause.
" Never underestimate the power of what you do and who you are because are we not here for the business of saving the Earth, saving rainforests, saving deserts, saving landscapes that we love? And so all of us are doing the exact same mission, chartered with the exact same mission. It’s in our blood, it’s in our spirit, it’s in our eyes, it’s in our heart, it’s in our soul. I am a caretaker. I work for you. I work for the public. I work for the future."
" I want to talk about where home is for all of us. Earth. This is our home. And I want to say this. No one, in the world, is doing more important work than rangers, looking after Earth. The Earth needs rangers. Rangers can lead the charge."
‘What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.’