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Ranger Station

12/14/2009

Sundays, October thru December
At 7:56 a.m. on ESPN2

This week on Ranger Station

Sunday December 20th, 2009
OHV Patrol — Bret Beasley, USFS Ranger: Jeeping and ATV use is at an all time high in popularity. From sand rails to rock crawlers, outdoorsmen get their "gearhead" on when they breakout these toys on the trail. But the consequences are severe when the toys themselves break. Now your 20 miles from the nearest road with half an hour of daylight and it just started to rain. God bless the park ranger for his patrol. News reports of OHV incidents from Moab slickrock to Appalachian mud holes. Casey takes us along as he patrols the rugged beauty of the OHV trail to the old St. Elmo ghost town.

TV schedule

10/4/2009

Forest Fire — Monique Mullis, Ranger Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Forest fires are one of the most destructive forces in nature. And thanks in part to the failed strategy of the forest planners our grandfathers trusted, much of our public lands are a tinderbox ready to explode. The first line of defense when a brush fire erupts at Cheyenne Mountain State Park is Ranger Monique Mullis' fast and ready response unit. Ready to go when the going gets hot. News reports of the some of the notable 2009 wildfires from around the nation. Monique narrates the blow by blow as the brush fire response units burst into action to suppress a fire before it gets out of control.


10/11/2009

Rescue/Ice Fishing — John Merson, Ranger Lake Pueblo State Park: Ice fishing is an age-old pastime enjoyed by millions of Americans. The solitude and peacefulness are ideal for contemplating our beautiful land of opportunity. But ice can be as unstable as our national economy during the .com era and shatter right beneath your feet. News reports of ice fishing accidents from mecca's like Michigan, Minnesota and Alaska. John Merson knows all about ice rescue, that's because he's been awarded the Medal of Valor for saving the lives of 4 people from frozen death. John tells his tale.


10/18/2009

Big Game Poaching — Featuring Terry Grosz, Former Game Warden and Writer: Crime against our natural resources is something Terry knows about, and ya know what, he doesn't like it. Terry spent 15 years as a game warden protecting our wildlife from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Terry describes the North American elk population and why it's been so successful all across America, mainly do the conservation efforts of sportsmen. The North American elk is a regal animal and the ambition of many American hunters. But, some guys just can't seem to get it enough news reports of specific elk poaching, after hours hunting, and shining over limit. Terry describes re-create of the types of crimes most often encountered with elk poachers and the tactic's he's employed to ruin their evening.


10/25/2009

First Responder/Swift Water — Stew Pappenfort, Ranger Arkansas River Recreational Area: Taking the kids on a whitewater rafting adventure can be trip of a lifetime, or a fridged nightmare that demonstrates mans weakness versus the power of nature. Park rangers put personal risk aside when duty calls and they attack the rapids to save a man overboard. The news is full of stories where people had to be rescued from swift moving currents and the quote is always the same, "I had no idea how powerful the water was". Stew shares the story of a family outing gone wrong. An overturned raft and 2 little children swept downstream under the raft, a day 2 young lives were saved in Bighorn Sheep Canyon.


11/1/2009

Bear Attack — Featuring Jennifer Churchill, Colorado Department of Wildlife, Pike Nation Forest: With human activity spreading deeper and more frequently into bear habitat and dry summer conditions pushing bruins to the edge of their ranges in search of food, people/bear encounters are inevitable. The conifer covered highlands of Pike National Forest is perfect black bear habitat and a prime destination for the outdoor loving inhabitants of Colorado's front range metropolises. Jennifer Churchill a ranger with the Colorado Department of Wildlife talks about and takes us to areas frequented by bears and humans alike. News reports of bear encounters are common. From the Timothy Trudwell fiasco in Alaska to the rising number of bear incidents in Kentucky to the cub scouts attacked while they slept in their tent in Colorado, if you venture into the backcountry with food you best be bear aware. Jennifer describes the cub scout attack as it's recreated. Then tells us the D of W's hard line on problem bears.


11/8/2009

Waterfowl Poaching — Featuring Terry Grosz, Former Game Management Agent and Writer: Waterfowling is a sport that's been enjoyed by generations of American hunters. What could be more thrilling than the sight of tens of thousands of migratory birds roosting in a wetland while you wait for daybreak and the chance to cook the proverbial goose? Well for some guys good just isn't good enough and the temptation to take more than your allowed overcomes them. Five guys shooting unplugged shotguns into the pre-dawn flock can kill more than 500 birds in a single volley. That's when you get the tap on the shoulder, and you turn around to find 6 foot 4, 26 pound Terry Grosz... now boys you got a problem. News reports that illegal overlimit waterfowl poaching is making a drastic impact on the migratory bird populations right here in America. Terry narrates the recreate of some incredible waterfowl busts he's executed.


11/15/2009

First Responder/Boating — Michael Judd Ranger Chatfield Reservoir State Park. What could be better than enjoying a beautiful day on the lake? Boating is a favorite summer pastime for many, many, many Americans. But, eh, that means many, many, many boats. Some go fast. Some go slow. And, some just don't don't go. There's no lanes. People are dinking all day...in the sun... Oh my God this is dangerous! Party, party, party. Pick a lake. It's been in the news... boating accident. Mike Judd patrols and protects the largest and busiest lake in Colorado Chatfield Reservoir. He'll take us along on a busy Saturday.


12/6/2009

Illegal Fishing — Terry Grosz, Former Game United State Fish and Wildlife Special Agent and Writer: So what! It's just fishing. You don't need a license. Who's it gonna hurt? Let Terry tell you who suffers. When cheaters snag, use gill nets, catch more than their fair share, and don't obey the over/under size limit, everyone who enjoys the thrill of hookin' the big one looses. Well not on Terry's watch. As a US F & W Special Agent Terry's enforced the laws of the land and swept down with great vengeance and furious anger upon those who stray from the path of righteousness. News reports of gill netting salmon on the rivers of the northwest, snagging sturgeon on the Klamath, and the affect of illegal fishing activity on the game fish populations in America. Terry narrates the recreate of some of his more effective illegal fishing sting operations.


12/13/2009

First Responder/Extreme Weather— JW Wilder, Eleven Mile Canyon State Park: A day at the park can quickly become more than a picnic and when extreme weather threatens the well being of park visitors, rangers are there to save the day. News reports of microbursts, tornadoes, hail storms and other fast moving weather phenomena that raged with devastating effect. JW talks about the recent tornado that sprang up out of Eleven Mile Canyon reservoir and the measures he and his staff took to avoid disaster.


12/20/2009

OHV Patrol — Bret Beasley, USFS Ranger: Jeeping and ATV use is at an all time high in popularity. From sand rails to rock crawlers, outdoorsmen get their "gearhead" on when they breakout these toys on the trail. But the consequences are severe when the toys themselves break. Now your 20 miles from the nearest road with half an hour of daylight and it just started to rain. God bless the park ranger for his patrol. News reports of OHV incidents from Moab slickrock to Appalachian mud holes. Casey takes us along as he patrols the rugged beauty of the OHV trail to the old St. Elmo ghost town.