How does our government protect national parks?



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    National Parks are equipped with law enforcement rangers, whom have jurisdiction over legal matters within the park; state troopers, sheriff deputies and city police are not legally allowed to cite an individual for a criminal act within the park boundary. The majority of law enforcement that takes place within a park consists of traffic stops (speeding, DUI), unruly behavior and poaching/vandalism cases. However, these rangers enforce a wide variety of laws, from serious crimes like homicides, sexual assaults, thefts and terrorist threats, to less serious misdemeanors like littering, public nuisance and unruly behavior. They also have jurisdiction in the event of search and rescue missions, as well as the initial flare-ups associated with forest fires. The number of these individuals varies on the size of the park, though they are typically present both in the popular public locations and the back country sites within the park.

    National parks are also equipped with a staff of scientists, resource management officers and interpretive rangers to ensure that the natural elements of a park are catalogued, monitored, protected and explained properly to the public.  

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    The U.S. Forest Service also provides important law enforcement to both our national parks and national forest (which can be one in the same). The Law Enforcemnet and Investigations organization is an integral part of the Forest Service.  They strive to protect public and employee safety, and protect natural resources.  As this part of the Forest Service works directly with local and federal law enforcement agencies, they do have the ability to enforce criminal punishment.  In particular, they have become an important part of drug enforcement within the national forest boundaries.

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