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Monday, April 28, 2014


Yosemite National Park (CA)
Rangers Rescue Injured Climber

On the morning of Sunday, April 20th, park dispatch received an emergency call from a member of a group getting ready to climb the Regular Route on Upper Cathedral Spire in Yosemite Valley. 

The caller reported that the lead climber in a party above them had fallen while leading the route’s second pitch and that he was unable to move and needed medical attention. 

A Yosemite rescue team, supported by California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter H-40 out of Fresno, was immediately assembled and flown to the location of the injured climber, a 26-year-old man from Palo Alto.  Simultaneously, Yosemite climbing ranger Ben Doyle and rescuer Josie Mckee ascended fixed ropes to the injured climber. 

Rangers David Pope and Jack Hoeflich were lowered to the injured climber via hoist and provided onsite medical attention. He’d fallen approximately 30 feet, hit a ledge, and sustained injuries to his back. 

He was hoisted to the CHP helicopter and flown to El Capitan Meadow, where he was transferred to a medical helicopter and then flown to memorial hospital in Modesto.  The rangers and uninjured climber rappelled back to the valley floor. 

Supervisory Valley Ranger Chris Bellino served as the incident commander for this rescue.
[Submitted by Kari Cobb, Public Affairs Officer]


Park Facility Management Division
Nine Parks Join Clean Cities Coalition

As part of the on-going partnership and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and petroleum fuel use, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Park Service have announced the addition of nine new parks to the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative

Participating parks work with local Clean Cities coalitions to improve sustainable operations and implement GHG and fuel reduction projects, including adopting alternative fuel vehicles and lawnmowers, installing plug-in electric vehicle chargers, implementing sustainable driving practices, and sharing the benefits of these actions with communities, partners and visitors.

  • Acadia National Park (Maine) – Working with Maine Clean Communities, the park will replace 10 existing vehicles with eight new alternative and fuel-efficient vehicles (two hybrid electric vehicles, two propane vans, and four low-speed electric vehicles).  The park will also install two electric vehicle charging stations (EVSE) for public and park vehicle use.
  • Catoctin Mountain Park (Maryland) – Working with the State of Maryland Clean Cities, the park will replace two conventional vehicles with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and install three electric vehicle charging stations for park fleet and public use. The park will also replace gasoline lawnmowers with four propane mowers and share their use with a nearby military base.
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (Colorado) – Collaborating with Southern Colorado Clean Cities, the park will replace two gasoline vehicles with two all-electric low-speed vehicles, install an electric vehicle charging station, and deploy an all-electric utility vehicle.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee) – Working with the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition and the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, the park will replace three gasoline pickup trucks with three all-electric work trucks, convert five gasoline mowers to operate on propane, install a propane fueling station for park use, and install four public electric vehicle charging stations (EVSE). The park plans to install two DC fast-charging EVSE that charge an all-electric vehicle in approximately 30 minutes and two Level 2 EVSE that charge an all-electric vehicle in four to six hours.
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park (Arkansas) – Working with Arkansas Clean Cities, the park will replace a gasoline pickup truck with a propane truck. The park is also developing a Green Team to educate staff, visitors, and students on sustainability and conservation.
  • Petroglyph National Monument (New Mexico) – Working with the Land of Enchantment Clean Cities coalition, the park will replace three gasoline vehicles with an all-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and hybrid electric vehicle. The park will also install two electric vehicle-charging stations, with one available for public use.
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument (Nebraska) – The park will incorporate an all-electric, multi-passenger low-speed vehicle for more sustainable, cleaner transport to the overlook at the top of Scotts Bluff.
  • Zion National Park (Utah) – Collaborating with Utah Clean Cities, the park will replace three gasoline-powered vehicles with all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and install 10 electric vehicle charging stations, five of which will be available for public use.

In addition to improving the parks’ fleets, the planned projects will showcase alternative fuels, advanced technology vehicles, and inform visitors and neighbors about the benefits of idle reduction, fuel economy, and efficient driving habits.

These new projects build upon the success of thirteen projects from the past two years at:

  • Grand Teton National Park,
  • Mammoth Cave National Park,
  • Yellowstone National Park,
  • Shenandoah National Park,
  • Blue Ridge Parkway,
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park,
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area,
  • Mesa Verde National Park,
  • Denali National Park,
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area,
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks,
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and
  • Rocky Mountain National Park.

This comprehensive set of 22 Clean Cities National Parks Initiative projects are anticipated to save more than 58,000 equivalent gallons of gasoline and about 371  tons of greenhouse gases annually, as well as demonstrate sustainable actions to nearly 50 million visitors each year.

For more information, contact Shawn Norton (National Park Service,,
Mary Hazell (National Park Service,, or Andrew Hudgins (NREL Clean Cities Project Leader,
[Submitted by Mary Hazell]

Park History Program
Oral History Interviews Donated To NPS

The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) is making sure that important stories of its long-time members are recorded, preserved, and protected as part of an oral history project inspired by the NPS Centennial.

Last Monday, two ANPR board members—Erika Jostad, president, and Alison Steiner, strategic planning--donated sixteen oral history interviews to the Park History Program. Accepting on behalf of the program were chief historian Robert K. Sutton and oral history specialist Lu Ann Jones.      

“These recordings, transcripts, and supporting materials are an invaluable addition to our archives,” said Sutton. “These resources will shape the kind of history we’re able to write about the Park Service.”

In 2012 and 2013 ANPR completed two rounds of interviews at its annual Ranger Rendezvous. A team of oral historians from the Park Service and ANPR has conducted 28 interviews with longtime employees, all of whom helped create the modern Park Service.

These men and women joined the agency in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and they occupied leadership positions during decades of great change. During their tenure, the NPS expanded significantly, the country adopted laws that challenged the Service’s management policies, and the demographics of the agency’s workforce and its visitors underwent major shifts.

By the NPS Centennial in 2016, ANPR plans to record, transcribe, archive, and share 50 interviews with Park Service personnel, ranging from emeritus employees to the newest hires. The audio recordings and transcriptions of the oral histories will be archived at the Harpers Ferry Center in West Virginia and are already being shared via publications and websites.


ANPR’s oral history project joins a long tradition in the NPS of using interviews to safeguard the collective memory and expertise of those who have shaped the Service over the years. It also advances the top priorities of Director Jarvis by passing on important lessons to a younger generation of Park Service personnel as part of workforce development.

“Our partnership with groups like ANPR is vital as we expand our collection of oral histories,” Jones said, “especially because we’re at a watershed moment in the Park Service’s history.”  

To read interview excerpts see For more on oral history in the Park Service see
[Submitted by Lu Ann Jones, Historian]

Northeast Region
Seneca Nation Partners With Fort Necessity

The National Park Service has established a partnerhsip with the Seneca Nation of Indians in New York that will focus on a museum exhibit, a cultural festival, and cultural training.

The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in New York has developed the exhibit, entitled "The Seneca and the French & Indian War.  It opened on April 19th for National Park Week at Fort Necessity National Battlefield and will be displayed in the park's visitor center through March 31, 2015.  

The Onöndowa’ga:' (Seneca) are one of the six nations of Haudenosaunee (“Iroquois Confederacy”), or people of the Long House.  The Onöndowa’ga:’ are known at “Keepers of the Western Door” within that political alliance.  In the 1700’s their influence extended far beyond their traditional homelands in New York State as they played a prominent role in the political and military events surrounding the French and Indian War. 

“The Seneca and the French and Indian War” reveals aspects of the Seneca and Haudenosaunee culture and how it influenced the events of the mid-1700s.  Artifacts on loan from the Rochester Museum & Science Center and the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum will be displayed along with pieces from Fort Necessity’s collection. 

A cultural weekend is planned for the weekend of June 28th at Fort Necessity. Guest lecturers and cultural demonstrators will highlight the event with focus on Seneca life in mid-18th century America.  Special programming at the event will include demonstrative arts of traditional dance and children’s games, as well as talks on the Seneca involvement in the French and Indian War and the use of wampum in Seneca culture. 

While the exhibit and cultural weekend highlight Onöndowa’ga’:s (Seneca’s) roles as diplomats and warriors in the French and Indian War and in the development of “The Seneca Plan” that eventually became known as Pontiac’s War, they also aim to inform that the Seneca are still a vibrant and dynamic sovereign Nation in New York State. 

During the fall of 2014, members of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and the National Park Service will conduct a teacher's in-serviceHaudenosaunee culture and history.
[Submitted by Tom Markwardt,, (724) 329-2013]

Manzanar National Historic Site (CA)
Garden Restoration Receives National Award

The Society for History in the Federal Government has presented the 2014 John Wesley Powell Prize for Outstanding Historic Preservation to Manzanar National Historic Site for the restoration of the mess hall garden in Block 12.

The award stated that the Manzanar restoration project, which entailed uncovering and restoring the Japanese garden’s pond, stream, rock pathways, hills, waterfall, fencing, and other landscaping features and trees was “judged to be an excellent example of preservation and interpretation of cultural resources associated with the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II.”

“Through a combination of archaeological survey, historic photograph analysis, oral history, and historical document research, Manzanar’s staff and volunteers recreated a symbol of resilience, beauty, and peace within the larger landscape of racial prejudice.”

The project was funded by cultural cyclic maintenance. Named in the award nomination were Jeff Burton, cultural resources program manager; Gerry Enes, arborist; John Kepford, historic preservation specialist; and Laura Ng, archeologist.

Ng accepted the award on behalf Manzanar on April 4th at the annual meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The society brings together government professionals, academics, consultants, students, and citizens in the crucial work of providing historical context and transparency for an informed citizenry.

The Block 12 Mess Hall Garden restoration project furthered that mission, using the preservation activities themselves as public education and interpretation.

The Powell Prize recognized not only the innovative way the project integrated archaeological data with archival research and oral history, but also the way that staff and volunteers overcame a severe setback when the floods of the summer of 2013 caused unexpected damage. The public can now visit the Block 12 garden, which is located adjacent to the driving tour road.
[Submitted by Jeff Burton]

State, Tribal, and Local Plans and Grants
Tawana Jackson Announces Retirement

Tawana C. Jackson, grants management specialist with the State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants Division, will retire on April 30th after 43 years of federal service, all with the National Park Service. 

Tawans administers the Historic Preservation Fund, Save America’s Treasures, and Preserve America grant programs and coordinates the Historic Preservation Single Audit program.  She also handles EEO complaints pertaining to historic preservation projects.

Tawana was born and raised in Washington, DC, and attended DC public schools.  She then attended Strayer University, where she studied business administration and marketing. 

In 1971, Tawana began her federal career in the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation as a clerk-typist and later worked as secretary for Dr. Harry Pfanz. She applied for an upward mobility position by writing an essay and won. She then accepted a position as grants management specialist in 1974 in the Grants Administration Division, where she worked for many years with Steve Newman.  Over the years, she has received several performance awards.

At the official establishment celebration for the American Battlefield Protection Program in 1991 at the Custis Lee Mansion in the Arlington Cemetery, Virginia, Tawana sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

In 1992, she prepared the nomination of the Bicentennial Lighthouse Fund Program for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Presidential Design Awards, Federal Design Achievement Award, and won in recognition of the program’s contribution to excellence in design for the government of the United States of America.

Tawana comes from a singing family. She began singing in public when four years old by singing “April in Paris” in the doctor’s office.  She sang in a children’s choir, studied voice, and on any given Sunday you may see her in the choir loft singing with the Higher Praise Gospel Chorale and with the Wesleyan Choir. 

At Asbury UMC, she played Amelia Edmondson, in the original production of “The Pearl” by Grace Bradford. She participated in the speech choir, served as a lay speaker, and has played in the hand bell choir.  She has also served in various ministries, and is now serving as the chair of staff-parish relations. 

For more than 15 years, she has volunteered at West River Camp as a camp counselor and camp director.  She has also taught small Bible study groups and discipleship Bible studies.  Tawana is a life member of Asbury UMC.

 A retirement celebration will be held in Tawana’s honor on Monday, April 28th, at 1201 I Street NW, Room 601.  For more information, or if you would like to send a note of congratulations, please email it to John Renaud at

Tawana says that she will miss the people in the office and the different people she has worked with.  Tawana’s friends will miss her great spirit and her laughter. She has also enjoyed having had the opportunity to help with their historic preservation needs.  It has been a worthwhile experience and she would not change a thing. 

Tawana expects to continue her work contributions to her church, to go back to school, and to run her small business, TJackson Enterprises, LLC.
[Submitted by John Renaud]

Learning and Development Division
Dave Dahlen To Retire

Countless special people come and go through the ranks of the National Park Service, and some of them deserve special distinction because of the indelible, positive mark they have made on the organization they serve so ably. 

Dave Dahlen is one of these special individuals. He will be leaving a grand legacy behind in both interpretation and education and the learning and development community as he retires from the Park Service on May 3rd, celebrating over 40 years of federal government service.

Dave has contributed to important courses, programs, and initiatives that continue to have lasting impacts on our ability to successfully fulfill the NPS mission. For example, Dave was instrumental in developing the interpretive development program, which still serves as the global model for credentialing the important work of interpreters. He also co-developed the first ranger skills course – a foundational experience for so many Park Service leaders.

Dave has spent the last eight years as the superintendent of the Stephen T. Mather Training Center, in Harpers Ferry and it is fitting that he culminates his substantial career at this iconic NPS location.

On April 17th, Dave was at the helm of the center’s 50th anniversary celebration, where he has spent 22 of his 39 years in the National Park Service – as an instructor, interpretive training manager, and superintendent.

Although Dave has served at numerous parks as a law enforcement ranger, he is an interpreter at heart and has served in many interpretive positions, including chief of interpretation and cultural resources at Glacier National Park. Dave embodies both the conservation ideals of Director Stephen Mather and the interpretive tenets of the legendary Freeman Tilden - he is in excellent company.

Family has always been central to Dave’s life, and his passion and commitment is apparent – first and foremost for his wife, children, and grandchildren, then for his Park Service family. It is noteworthy that Dave embarked on his NPS career in 1973, the same year that he married his high school sweetheart, Peggy. Together they have lived and worked in a dozen different parks and offices and have raised their children Laura, Sarah, and Andrew in the amazing resources they have been so dedicated to protecting and preserving.

Dave’s contributions to the field of interpretation and education are immeasurable, and his contributions to employee learning and development are without equal. Please take a moment to reach out to Dave to wish him well as he enters this exciting new time in his life, finally taking the time to pursue his love of travel, golf, and outdoor activities with his family. He can be reached at:
[Submitted by Kathy Hanson, Chief, Learning & Development]


National Capital Region
Four Superintendent and Five Deputy Superintendent Openings

National Capital Region is advertising nine leadership (GS13 through GS15) positions simultaneously. For management, this recruitment approach allows strategic matching of an applicant’s skills to park needs; for candidate, it provides the convenience of applying to a single vacancy announcement for several job opportunities.   

Each job demands vision and focus, especially in the face of controversy, and the ability to operate effectively in a high-visibility, high-risk/high-reward environment. We require strong personnel and park management skills, a desire to nurture productive, meaningful relationships with partners, and an unwavering belief in the benefits the NPS mission can bring to urban communities.

If you’re ready for a new challenge and want to make things happen, please apply. All jobs are open to all U.S. citizens and merit promotion candidates, and links to all vacancy announcements are below.


Deputy Superintendent (GS-13) (Merit Promotion) Rock Creek Park (DC)

Superintendents (GS-13) (Merit Promotion) Two positions: Greenbelt Park (MD) and Piscataway Park (MD)

Deputy Superintendent (GS-13) (All U.S. Citizens) Rock Creek Park (DC)

Superintendents (GS-13) (All U.S. Citizens) Two positions: Greenbelt Park (MD) and Piscataway Park (MD)


Deputy Superintendents (GS-14) (Merit Promotion) Four positions: National Capital Parks-East (DC), Office of the National Park Service Liaison to the White House (DC), Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (MD), and George Washington Memorial Parkway (VA)

Deputy Superintendents (GS-14) (All U.S. Citizens) Four positions: National Capital Parks-East (DC), Office of the National Park Service Liaison to the White House (DC), Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (MD), and George Washington Memorial Parkway (VA).


Superintendents (GS-15) (Merit Promotion) Two positions: National Capital Parks-East (DC) and Office of the National Park Service Liaison to the White House (DC)

Superintendents (GS-15)  (All U.S. Citizens) Two positions: National Capital Parks-East (DC) and Office of the National Park Service Liaison to the White House (DC)
[Submitted by Charles Richardson,, 202-619-7216]

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (OR)
GS-1640-11 Chief Of Facilities

Lewis and Clark NHP has issued an announcement for a chief of facilities.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

It closes on May 2nd.
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