Association of protected area professionals

Our History

The International Ranger Federation (IRF) was founded in 1992 with a signed agreement between the Countryside Management Association (CMA), representing rangers in England and Wales, the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA), and the U.S. Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR).

The goals of the agreement were to provide a forum for rangers, from around the world, to share their successes and failures in protecting the world’s heritage and to promote information and technology transfer from countries in which protected area management enjoys broad public and government support, to countries in which protected area management is less supported.

60 associations from national, state and territorial entities have affiliated with the IRF, and rangers from other countries have applied for provisional membership in IRF while they attempt to establish ranger associations in their countries.

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