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SACRAMENTO, CA - Heather Wright has been working as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the past six years ensuring visitors to Stanislaus River Parks have a safe and enjoyable experience.

"Many people don't know that there are rangers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but we're here for a good reason," Wright said. "One of them is to be good stewards of our natural resources on our project lands. The other is for public safety."

The parks' river, recreational opportunities and annual events like the Civil War Days and the Gold Country Peddler's Fair bring in thousands of visitors each year. Park rangers like Wright have the crucial role of ensuring the parks are maintained and accessible to all visitors.

"To be a park ranger it takes a genuine love for people and natural resources," said Wright. "It's really our job to have the parks open, ready and available for people to come out and recreate."

Stanislaus River Parks is one of 10 parks that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District operates throughout Northern California.

Park rangers are integral to ensuring public lands are properly maintained. Nationwide the Corps is the number one federal provider of outdoor recreation, hosting more than 350 million visitors annually at more than 4,200 recreation sites. The job of park ranger is never boring. And neither are the people in it.

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