~ Park Rangers Association of California
Professionalism Through Unity Since 1976
PRAC Honorary Lifetime Member 2008
Ranger Sean Willmore
Sean Willmore, a Park Ranger from Warringine Park in Victoria, Australia is the Author of the Ranger Documentary, "The Thin Green Line."
Sean sold his car and remortgaged his house 3 times to make this film. In 2003 he met his ranger colleagues from across the globe at an International Park Rangers Congress at Wilson's Promontory National Park, near Melbourne. It was here that he developed his vision to document and bring to the wider community the real picture behind the postcards of international parks, reserves and the support and staff that keep these valued treasures alive for all to see and enjoy.
As stated from his website, www.thingreenline.info - The making of this has helped to unify rangers from many diverse backgrounds and cultures around the globe, all with the same inspiring goal: to try and save the planet.
Since the successful July 31st World Wide Premiere involving 35 countries, 330 locations and 15,000 people, The Thin Green Line Foundation has delivered on it's promise of supporting the families of rangers killed on the frontline of conservation.
On October 12, 2007 the first recipient of the fund was Girlie Ndolvu, wife of Ranger Wilson Ndolvu, featured in The Thin Green Line, who was killed in the line of duty Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Sean Willmore is founder and Managing Director of the Thin Green Line Foundation, and the current President of the International Rangers Federation (IRF). While undertaking his work Sean has travelled to and worked with rangers in over 50 countries on 6 continents where he has been ambushed, held a gunpoint, charged by elephants and avoided militias. His efforts to bring attention to the dangerous work undertaken by these warriors has won him international acclaim. Using profits from documentary The Thin Green Line, Sean started The Thin Green Line Foundation (TTGLF). His continual inspiration is from the men and women, the park rangers worldwide, that he represents and who do this front-line work on a daily basis.
His passion and dedication to the park ranger profession has continued to inspire rangers from around the world and especially within the Park Rangers Association of California. It is for this reason; Ranger Sean Willmore is the 2008 recipient of the Honorary Ranger Award.