Meet your new ranger

January 29, 2016

Josie Barnum is in the second week of her duties as a new ranger here at Smith Rock State Park and loving it. Part of the rotations happening around the State Park system, she is filling in for Matt Davey, on another assignment until the end of June 2017. Born in Bend, raised in Tumalo, she comes to Smith with both experience and a love for the area. Eleven years as a ranger to Tumalo State Park, her duties covered not only Tumalo, but extended to Pilot Butte and Cline Falls state parks as well.

With a degree in Criminal Justice, she just couldn't imagine herself sitting in a police car. She loves the outdoors way too much. Her close relationship with nature finds her drawn to fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, and mountain biking.

Josie Barnum- New Ranger at Smith Rock State Park 

Josie Barnum- New Ranger at Smith Rock State Park 

When asked how she feels about being the first (non-temporary) female ranger at Smith, she is at first, a bit taken aback with her historical significance.

She only hopes she can bring "fresh eyes" to the position for the duration of her stay at Smith Rock.

While her previous experience was mostly with families at the 97 campsites she served, Josie is excited about some of the more "extreme" sports at Smith Rock, such as climbing and highlining.

She's going to start with learning all the terminology and who knows? You might see her out there one of these days in her off-hours on a wall or line above you.