Yellowstone Ranger

Format: paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60639-090-0
Author: Jerry Mernin
368 pages with an 8-page color photo spread

$22.95

Yellowstone Ranger
Stories from a life spent with bears, backcountry, horses, and mules, from Yosemite to Yellowstone

by Jerry Mernin

Jerry Mernin’s distinguished career in the National Park Service spanned four decades, five national parks, and a remarkable 32-year stay in Yellowstone, the park he loved and never left.

In his long-awaited memoir, Mernin takes readers behind the scenes to learn firsthand what it’s like to be a great park ranger. Along the way he shares a lifetime of exciting adventures, including dangerous rescues, remote backcountry patrols, and multiple heart-pounding encounters with grizzly bears.

Thoroughly entertaining, this book also provides a valuable inside look at park operations from law enforcement to bear management.

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Press Release

“Legendary” Yellowstone ranger writes fascinating memoir

Jerry Mernin’s highly praised career in the National Park Service spanned four decades, five national parks, and a remarkable 32-year stay in Yellowstone National Park, the wilderness he loved and never left.

In his long-awaited memoir, Mernin takes readers behind-the-scenes to learn first-hand what it’s like to be a great park ranger. Along the way he shares a lifetime of exciting adventures, including dangerous rescues, remote backcountry patrols, and multiple heart-pounding encounters with grizzly bears.

Paul Schullery, author of “Mountain Time” and “Searching for Yellowstone,” said Mernin’s book “is a classic of wilderness adventure.”

Doug Smith, Yellowstone’s senior wildlife biologist, said, “When it comes to legends in Yellowstone it’s a crowded field, but one person stands above all others: Jerry Mernin.”

Thoroughly entertaining, “Yellowstone Ranger” is also a valuable inside look at park operations from law enforcement to bear management.

Praise

“Jerry Mernin is a Yellowstone legend, and his book is a classic of wilderness adventure.”
—Paul Schullery, author of Mountain Time and Searching for Yellowstone

“Jerry Mernin was the quintessential ranger of Yellowstone and the National Park Service.”
—Dan Sholly, Chief Ranger, Yellowstone National Park, 1985-1998

“An unforgettable historical memoir penned by one of America’s greatest park rangers.”
—Todd Wilkinson, author and environmental journalist

“When it comes to legends in Yellowstone it’s a crowded field, but one person stands above all others: Jerry Mernin.”
—Douglas W. Smith, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Yellowstone National Park

“When my family and I visited Yellowstone National Park, Ranger Jerry Mernin was there to make sure we did not encounter a grizzly bear. I enjoyed reading his vivid description of that day, and I hope you will, too.”
—Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

“Here is an extraordinary glimpse into a man who’ll forever be remembered as among the very best of the elite Yellowstone rangers. Truly, Yellowstone is better for Jerry Mernin having called it home.”
—Gary Ferguson, author of Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone

“I cannot imagine being a ranger and not having known Jerry Mernin. He was a genuine leader who routinely demonstrated the courage to speak up, take action, and challenge the status quo. Those of us who had the distinct honor of working with him proudly count ourselves ‘Mernin Rangers.’”
—Nick Herring, former deputy chief ranger, Yellowstone National Park

“Jerry Mernin was among the last of the Old School, a doughty professional with an eye for the ironies of protecting wild nature with humans teeming through it. His recollections show us a side of Yellowstone that few people are privileged to see.”
—David Quammen, author of Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart

“Few rangers have experienced as much adventure, danger, beauty, and satisfaction as Jerry Mernin. The many young men and women he mentored consider him a ‘ranger’s ranger.’”
—Carol Shively, former Lake District interpretive ranger, Yellowstone National Park

“No one exemplified better what it is to be a park ranger. As an NPS biologist I learned all I needed to know from three backcountry horse trips with Jerry. I treasure his lessons; words spoken only, as a rule and custom of Jerry’s, deep in the wilds and never to be uttered anywhere else. This book comes as close as you can to riding with Jerry in Yellowstone.”
—Douglas W. Smith, senior wildlife biologist, Yellowstone National Park 

“Jerry Mernin was the model for my generation of park rangers, and his book conveys the essence of the park ranger position better than any other that I have read.”
—Ron Mackie, former Yellowstone backcountry ranger and Yosemite wilderness manager

“Jerry Mernin was one of the best resource rangers—and the best bear management ranger—I knew in my 38 years in Yellowstone. I strongly recommend this account to rangers, new and experienced, and to the public that often sees only the surface of what makes a fine ranger.”
—Mary Meagher, Yellowstone National Park research biologist, retired

“In my 22 years as a Yellowstone district ranger, I rode a lot of miles with Jerry Mernin. He was a remarkable person, an iconic ranger, and a dear friend. The rangers that protect our national parks are better now and will be better in the future because of Jerry Mernin, and that’s a damn good legacy!”
—John Lounsbury, 37-year National Park Service ranger, retired

“Jerry’s straightforward prose reflects his discipline and training while the humor and understatement of events reveal the renegade behind the ranger. Thanks in great part to men like Jerry Mernin, bears and men are still coexisting and getting better at it all the time. It was a distinct pleasure!”
—Lance Craighead, PhD, Executive Director, Craighead Institute

“If you are one of those people who wish you could have been a park ranger, then this is the book for you. You will get a firsthand account of the good, the bad, the exhilarating, the terrifying, the challenging, and the rewarding, all told by a man who could handle it with competence and humility—and then reward the rest of us with ‘a good story well told.’”
—Mark Marschall, former Yellowstone and Yosemite backcountry ranger and co-author of Yellowstone Trails

“When I think back on my NPS career, I realize that almost everything I knew about being a ranger, I learned from Jerry. I bet there are many who would say the same thing.”
—Rick Smith, National Park Service employee, retired

“Anyone who knew Jerry loves to tell Mernin stories, which have only grown bigger as the years go by. What a pleasure it is, finally, to have these wonderful tales written by the man himself. No Yellowstone shelf should be without it.”
—Jeremy Schmidt, former Yellowstone ranger and winterkeeper

“A must read for any ranger, future ranger, or anyone interested in today’s national parks. The park service and the world need more Jerry Mernins.”
—Bob Barrett, former NPS backcountry packer and author of Where Mules Wear Diamonds

“Jerry Mernin was respected by everyone who knew him and had few enemies, an incredible accomplishment for someone who rocked the boat as many times as he did. One of the most cherished memories of my life was to spend time in Yellowstone’s backcountry ‘on patrol’ with Jerry Mernin. I wish I could have been around him longer.”
—Dan Sholly, chief ranger, Yellowstone National Park, 1985–1998

“Have you ever dreamed of being a national park ranger? This is the book for you. Jerry was a park ranger’s ranger who loved his work in the parks and the wilderness.”
—Smoke Elser, author of Packin’ In on Mules and Horses

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