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Rick Gale Award


2016 Jeff Ohlfs

ANPR Life Member Jeff Ohlfs was presented with the Rick Gale President's Award by Erika Jostad at Ranger Rendezvous 39 for his service to the Association and the ranger profession. Jeff Ohlfs has consistently demonstrated his dedication to the ranger profession over the years,” Jostad saidPerhaps most importantly, he has not shied from controversial issues and has spoken up for what he believes is right, remaining true to his values. 

“I’m truly honored,” Ohlfs saidRick was a force of nature — larger than life. He was always a friend and he trained many of us to be a ranger’s ranger. To be given an award in his name is such an amazing honor. I couldn’t do most of the things I’ve done without my best friend and wife Deb,” Ohlfs continued. I also owe ANPR almost everything that I have in my career. ANPR has been there through my entire 32 years and I’m proud to be a member. Thank you all.” 

Ohlfs retired in August 2016 as chief ranger at Joshua Tree National Park after a 32-year career in law enforcement with the National Park Service. Throughout his career, he has been deeply involved with international ranger issues, serving as the North American representative to the International Ranger Federation (IRF). In this role, Ohlfs engaged meaningfully with all the North American associations he represented, including ANPR. 

Ohlfs has attended every IRF World Ranger Congress and helped to plan the 8th World Ranger Congress hosted by ANPR in Colorado in May 2016. He has been closely involved in the Ranger Honor Roll that recognizes rangers from around the world who have died in the line of duty protecting the world's natural and cultural heritage. In addition, he has also been intimately involved with the annual World Ranger Day on July 31which recognizes the sacrifices of our brother and sister rangers internationally. 

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2015 Kevin Moses

In fall 2015 Kevin Moses was presented with the President’s Award, named in honor of influential ANPR member Rick Gale. The honor is bestowed annually on a member who makes meaningful and lasting contributions to the Association. 

Moses has been an annual member of ANPR for nearly 20 years, each year renewing his commitment to the organization. He has been a contributor to Ranger magazine for more than 15 years, and the quarterly visitor and resource protection column he authors speaks to ANPR’s original core identity. Moses writes with true passion for the profession, inspiring the next generation of stewards. He also demonstrates a dozen ways to contribute to the organization. For example, Moses hand-crafts iconic wooden flat hat carriers that are part of the annual silent auction at ANPR’s Ranger Rendezvous and hang proudly in dozens of homes and ranger stations across the country. He also has presented at Rendezvous and has even planned sessions for Rendezvous when he has been unable to attend. 

Moses is currently working on a shadow assignment for a World Ranger Congress attendee at Buffalo National River in Arkansas, where he is Middle Buffalo District ranger and search and rescue coordinator. He embodies the spirit of rangering and making personal connections — characteristics that are so valuable to ANPR.

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Bob Krumenaker 

2014 Bob Krumenaker

Bob Krumenaker received the ANPR Rick Gale President’s Award in 2014 from President Erika Jostad for outstanding dedication and contributions to ANPR.

An ANPR life member and superintendent of Apostle Islands, he has been engaged in supporting the organization over the years. Last year ANPR launched the largest initiative in its 37-year history, hosting the Eighth World Ranger Congress in May 2016. This triennial event will bring delegates from protected areas around the world to Estes Park, Colorado, to collaborate with and inspire each other in furthering their work.

Bob volunteered to head this complex planning effort. His leadership has been crucial in developing partnerships with the National Park Service, George Wright Society, National Parks Conservation Association and others to ensure the success of the Congress. He has organized a strong team of ANPR volunteers who are creating a successful and meaningful event coinciding with the agency’s centennial celebration.

 

2013 Teresa Ford  

Teresa Ford received the ANPR Rick Gale President’s Award in 2013 for outstanding dedication and contributions to ANPR.

She served as the editor and publisher of Ranger magazine from 1993-2014, website coordinator from 2001-2014 and membership services director/business manager from 2006-2014.

Alison Steiner 

2012 Alison Steiner 

Alison Steiner received the ANPR Rick Gale President’s Award in 2012 for outstanding service to ANPR. Her contributions have included working tirelessly to kick off ANPR’s oral history project, recruiting new members throughout the year, helping with the website redesign, and organizing several presentations to strengthen the Rendezvous program.

An ANPR newcomer in 2010, Alison also serves on the board of directors. After working in the backcountry at Sequoia-Kings Canyon for eight seasons, she took a term position as assistant wilderness coordinator. She is completing a Ph.D. in environmental history at the University of California, Davis.

Congratulations, Alison, and thanks for giving your time and talent to ANPR.  

Mark Herberger 

2011 Mark Herberger 

President Stacy Allen presented the ANPR Rick Gale President’s Award to Mark Herberger in 2011 for his longtime outstanding service as editorial adviser to Ranger magazine.

Allen noted that Herberger labored behind the scenes (from 2003-2011) to craft and design our flagship publication, Ranger, the professional journal that “ably communicates the mind, heart and soul of our organization.” He helped develop each issue’s theme, sought contributors, reviewed articles, helped craft the publication’s design and assisted the editor to produce a quality product.

The award is named for the late Rick Gale, a former ANPR president who gave freely of his time, leadership skills and experience to ensure ANPR developed into a professional organization.  

Deanne Adams and Tony Sisto 

2010 Deanne Adams and Tony Sisto 

Deanne Adams and Tony Sisto, longtime ANPR members, were honored with the ANPR Rick Gale President’s Award for their exemplary service to the organization. Both have held various positions with ANPR over the years, and they continue to mentor new people and support the organization. 

Dan Moses 

2009 Dan Moses 

Dan Moses, Rendezvous site coordinator from 2001-2009, received the ANPR Rick Gale President’s Award for his exemplary service to the organization. He is retired and lives in North Carolina with Diane Moses, longtime Rendezvous raffle organizer.

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