World Ranger Day invites to explore region

Every year on August 1, the effort parks and wildlife rangers make to protect the world's natural treasures, is celebrated on World Ranger Day.

Griffith Ranger Allen Mclean says today's Word Ranger Day should be a reminder for the community to explore National Parks and nature reserve in the region.

Griffith Ranger Allen Mclean says today's Word Ranger Day should be a reminder for the community to explore National Parks and nature reserve in the region.

And Midwest Area Ranger Allan Mclean says the day is not just about recognising rangers for their work, but it would also serve as a reminder for locals and tourists to explore their wide open backyards.

The former member of a wildlife ranger team in Sydney moved to Griffith two years ago and hasn't looked back since.

"I love being among River Redgums I just love the huge trees that have so much character; and at Mt Binya with its view for miles you can almost see the roundness of the earth. The region has so much to offer," he said.

Mr Mclean, 34, said Griffith would be the ideal starting point for day trips to close-by reserves and parks including Cocoparra National Park and Narrandera Nature Reserve.

"The Nature Reserve at Narrandera offers great bush walking and camping sites, places to go canoeing and fishing; and about 100 koalas live in the reserve.

"And Cocoparra National Park is a wonderful place to go to in spring time when all the wildflowers are in bloom. With its camping spots and gorges it is a beautiful place to be out and about, surrounded by nature."

Mr Mclean said bird watchers would find their haven at the Turkey Flat Wetlands, where a new bird hide has recently been established.

"And during the winter months, when it's a bit colder, there's nothing better than being out in the bush with a campfire and marshmallows on a stick," he said.

"Our parks and nature reserves are very special places and we are lucky about the diversity of environment in our region with the river and the mountain ranges, saltbush plains and mallee country.

"To celebrate World Ranger Day I hope more people go out to experience and explore our parks, listen to the birds and the sounds of the forests to see people make use of our beautiful parks is the best part about my job as a ranger."

For more information on parks and reserves in NSW and to download maps with camping areas and walking trails, visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.

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