The Maryland Rangers Association Welcomes You
The Maryland Rangers Association (MRA) is a professional and social organization that supports and advocates on behalf of all Maryland Park Rangers. Since its inception in 1988, the MRA has served as the voice of Maryland Rangers and has collaborated with the Maryland Park Service to further the interests of its members. Over several decades, the MRA has very successfully engaged the Maryland General Assembly to enact numerous pieces of legislation that have enhanced the role of the Ranger, protected the rights and benefits of its members, and supported the mission of the Maryland Park Service, thereby securing the legacy of the Maryland Ranger.
Who We Are
The Maryland Rangers Association was established in response to recurring concerns related to Ranger safety, departmental policies, and repeated instances of being "forgotten" when preferential pay and benefits were afforded state employees performing similar duties, leading a small but determined group of Rangers to form a grassroots organization to protect and enhance the interests and benefits of Maryland Rangers. The organization, originally established to represent the law enforcement officers of the Maryland Park Service, continues to represent both those law enforcement Rangers (active and retired) and today's civilian Rangers.
What We Do
One Step at a Time
The Maryland Rangers Association works in collaboration with the Leadership of the Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Park Service, as well as the Maryland General Assembly, to raise the profile and promote the value of Maryland Rangers, by bringing awareness to the critical role that Rangers play in delivering essential services to the citizens of Maryland, including those related to public safety, customer service and resource protection. The MRA, in concert with its legislative representative, is actively pursuing and/or monitoring several bills before the 2021 Maryland General Assembly, in an effort to officially and statutorily designate Rangers as First Responders, as well as ensuring that they are included in benefits afforded public safety officials and others who provide emergency response services.
As a direct result of the MRA's past efforts and successful advocacy with both the Department of Natural Resources and Maryland General Assembly, Rangers have gained the respect they deserve and been rightfully afforded various benefits, including retirement enhancements, pay parity, longevity increases, and the protection of law enforcement commissions after the 2005 law enforcement consolidation. The MRA will build on those past victories and established professional relationships to maintain that hard-earned respect in pursuit of parallel successes on behalf of today's Rangers, seeking appropriate pay and benefits, as well as improved workplace conditions.