For nearly 100 years, national park rangers have dedicated their lives to protecting America’s most precious places and the millions of people within their boundaries.

But when Congress closed the national parks, angry visitors criticized the Park Service for keeping people out.

As federal employees, park rangers can’t share their personal views publicly. So we offered anonymity in return for their testimonies. This is what they wrote.

(Produced in partnership between National Parks Conservation Association and National Park Experience)

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