Ranger Robert Danno Reaches Settlement With National Park Service, Takes New Career Path
Almost a decade after a ranger who couldn't believe a billionaire had been given the OK to cut down trees in a scenic easement along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park landed in administrative purgatory, his case has been settled.
Robert Danno had steadily climbed the National Park Service ranks and was chief ranger at the historical park when he blew the whistle on superiors for allowing Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to have roughly 2 acres of his land overlooking the Potomac River and the park cleared.
Instead of his concerns being upheld, however, Mr. Danno was busted from his chief ranger's position and, at one point, assigned to approving picnicking permits and, at another, given an office with virtually no tasks.
Mr. Danno recounted the matter, and his appeal of his demotion, in a self-published book, Worth Fighting For, A Park Ranger's Unexpected Battle Against Federal Bureaucrats And Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder.
On Friday, word came that he had reached an undisclosed settlement with the Park Service and had moved from Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, where he managed the battlefield's boundaries, to Montana to work at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.
"I love the national parks, the National Park System and the people who serve them, especially rangers," Mr. Danno wrote in an email to the Traveler. "I hope the National Park Service uses my experience as an opportunity to improve leadership. I sincerely hope that my story becomes a catalyst for change and we regain the proud tradition of employee and agency excellence."