The Morning Report

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Zion National Park (UT)
Injured Man Rescued From Slot Canyon

Park dispatch was contacted by the fee ranger at Tunnel East around 2 p.m. on the afternoon of April 3rd and informed that there was an injured man in Pine Creek Canyon requesting assistance. Pine Creek is a technical slot canyon requiring wet suits and multiple rappels.

The reporting party was a member of the injured person’s group and had ascended a rope that another group in the canyon had fixed at the first rappel. He said that a member of his party had broken his ankle at the second rappel in Pine Creek and would need SAR personnel to help him out.

A technical rescue team was organized and had a high line with a reeve system set up by 5 p.m. A high line with a reeve is a system where a rope spanning the canyon is tensioned and the rescuer and litter are attached to the high line with a pulley and pulled across using tag lines on either side of the canyon. The rescuer is positioned directly over the patient in the slot canyon and lowered using a technique called a reeve.

Ranger-Medic Ryan McDonald-O'Lear, who was lowered to the man, provided medical care and packaged him for extrication. Both were then raised to the high line and moved back across the span to the Canyon Overlook Trail. The injured man was carried off the trail by wheeled litter and transported via park ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Fifteen SAR personnel took part in the rescue, which took approximately 5 hours to complete.

[Submitted by Andrew Fitzgerald, Park Ranger]

Shenandoah National Park (VA)
Visitor's Life Saved Through Prompt Medical Response

On Sunday, April 12th, park dispatch received an emergency call regarding a 59 year-old man in cardiac arrest at Rangeview Overlook along Skyline Drive.

Rangers Tyler Hudock and Don Savedge responded, arriving on scene in less than a minute. They found the man being cared for by several Good Samaritans and immediately began CPR with the use of an AED. After thorough CPR and nearly 10 shocks with the AED over a 25 minute span, care of the semi-conscious patient was turned over to an AirCare Medevac crew.

The man required three more shocks to restore a normal heart rhythm and was then flown to Winchester Medical Center's catheterization lab for advanced lifesaving treatment. He was later diagnosed with a “widow maker” (severe stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery) and remains in the ICU.

Rangers Hudock and Savedge and dispatcher Kim Smeltzer provided swift and efficient medical care that without question saved the man's life. Immediate access and use of an AED was instrumental in the successful outcome. This was the parks second save with an AED in the last year. 

[Submitted by Stuart Curtin, North District Ranger]


Office of Communications
National Park Service Launches NPS Urban Agenda

“It is time that the NPS strategically organize its many urban parks and programs towards building relevancy for all Americans, to connect with their lives where they live…,” writes Director Jarvis in the foreword to the NPS Urban Agenda.

On Monday, April 13th, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis launched the NPS Urban Agenda at the City Parks Alliance Greater & Greener Conference in San Francisco.  The report released at the Urban Agenda launch includes a number of specific strategies to accomplish the goal of building relationships between urban parks and programs, but most importantly it outlines working relationships that are more intentional, more collaborative and more sustainable.  While the Urban Agenda is focused on the work of the NPS in metropolitan areas, ultimately the relevancy and sustainability of every national park and program can be strengthened by this work.

As the Service aspires to meet its Centennial goals, it is now time that the NPS strategically organizes its many parks and programs to build relevancy for all Americans. As the Urban Agenda was developed, many National Park Service employees and partners shared their pioneering stories that embrace the urban mission as a critical component of our second century of National Park stewardship.

The Agenda calls all urban park practitioners to embrace three bold principles:

  • Be Relevant to All Americans-  by reaching new audiences and stories that represent our nation’s diverse history, by diversifying our workforce to become a true reflection of the American population, and by looking at “parks” in new ways as innovative urban landscapes for new uses;
  • Activate “ONE NPS”- by aligning NPS parks, programs, and partnerships – the full portfolio; and
  • Nurture a Culture of Collaboration- by working in collaboration both internally and externally to better serve communities.

As part of the Urban Agenda, ten urban areas have been selected to provide illustrative examples and demonstrations for how NPS can apply its full portfolio of resources in strategic ways. A diversity of urban areas, large and small, were chosen to reflect: (1) parks embedded in urban areas, (2) parks adjacent to urban areas, and (3) the presence of NPS program but no physical presence of a park unit.

These model areas will test new ways of working collaboratively and allow these communities to learn from each other through an urban model network that will also connect with the broader NPS. Urban Fellows placed in these model areas will play a key role in facilitating collaboration among the National Park Service, other federal and state agencies, city governments, and other partners. 

The 10 model cities are:

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • New York City, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Richmond, California
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Washington, DC

The NPS Urban Agenda aligns closely with Secretary Jewell’s ambitious youth initiative, which will engage the next generation of leaders and stewards through recreation, education, volunteerism, and employment. Specifically, by 2017, the Department will convene coalitions in 50 cities across the country to create more opportunities for young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. The 10 NPS model cities in the Urban Agenda are part of this movement, and will play an important role in achieving the Department and NPS goals to engage new audiences.

In addition to the model cities, the Urban Matters national network will be re-launched to engage urban park practitioners and partners from across the Service in the implementation of the Urban Agenda. To join the community, read the NPS Urban Agenda, share your stories and support the principles of Agenda visit

The City Parks Alliance Greater & Greener Conference is a gathering global park leaders, city planning and design professionals, and urban park advocates to discover the power of parks in creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable cities.

[Submitted by Suki Baz]

United States Park Police
Major David Mulholland Has Retired

On April 1st, Major David Mulholland retired from the United States Park Police with 27 years of service.

Dave joined the Park Police on March 27, 1988, and served as a uniformed patrol officer from 1988 to 1996, along with a special detail to the Planning and Development Unit.   He was a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor from 1991 to 1996 and a DARE mentor from 1993 to 2002.  

In 1996, Dave was promoted to sergeant with assignments to uniformed and plainclothes patrol, a visiting fellowship to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Internal Affairs, and as the United States Park Police public information officer.  He was promoted to lieutenant in 1999 with assignments to the Shift Commander’s Office, special detail to the Promotion Board, and Internal Affairs commander. 

In 2002, he was assigned as the first chief information officer for the United States Park Police and created the first formal IT Unit for the agency. In addition, he supervised the Communications and Records Management Sections. 

In 2011, he was promoted to captain, assigned to the Technology Services Division. In 2013, he was promoted to major and assigned to the Technical Services Branch. 

Dave served on numerous local and national level public safety technology related boards and working groups and directly contributed to many of the national and international published standards and specifications for such public safety technologies, such as records management systems, computer aided dispatch systems, in-car digital video systems, and emergency communications systems and programs. 

He served as a public safety technology advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, and the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, along with several others.  He spoke regularly at local and national level conferences on public safety technology and on the management of technology within the federal sector.  Dave plans to continue to work in the technology services field and enjoy time with his family.

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]

Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs
Weekly Legislative Activities Report

The Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs puts out weekly reports on hearings, new legislation and other activities on the Hill. This report covers activities in Congress for the week ending on April 17th.

In order to obtain the full text of any of the bills that appear below, click on the following link: . That will take you to Thomas, the Library of Congress legislative tracking system. Enter the bill number in the “Search Bill Text” block, being sure to also click on the “Bill Number” option below the block.


New Public Laws

Nothing to report.

Floor Action

Nothing to report. 

Committee Activity

On April 15th, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands of the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “Federal Land Acquisition and its Impacts on Communities and the Environment.”  The Department was not asked to testify.

New Bills Introduced

The following new bills of interest to the NPS were introduced:

  • H.R. 1783 (Green, D-TX-29), to establish the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area in the State of Texas, and for other purposes.
  • S. 936 (Brown, D-OH), to amend the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Canalway Act of 1996 to repeal the funding limitation.
  • H.R. 1814 (Grijalva, D-AZ-3), to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  • H.R. 1836 (Issa, R-CA-49), to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into agreements with State and local governments to provide for the continued operation of public land, open air monuments and memorials, units of the National Park System, units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and units of the National Forest System during a lapse in appropriations, and for other purposes.

Upcoming Committee Activity

On April 22nd, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of and potential reforms to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Michael Conner, Deputy Secretary, will testify for the department.

For additional information, please visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office website at

[Submitted by Andrea Dekoter]


Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (AK)
Chief Of Interpretation And Education (Detail)

Dates: 06/15/2015 - 09/15/2015

Klondike Goldrush is seeking candidates to serve as acting chief of interpretation end Education for up to 90 days, starting in mid-June.

This will be a detail assignment with no temporary promotion available. Full performance level for the position is GS-12 and candidates at or above the GS-9 level may be considered.

The chief of interpretation and education manages these programs, assists with exhibit planning, implements special initiatives such as NPS Centennial programs, serves as the park's public information officer, and works as a member of the park's management team.

Klondike Gold Rush is Alaska's most visited park, with over 1 million visitors expected during mid-May to mid-September. 

Interested candidates should submit a resume to Mike Tranel, the park's superintendent, and will need supervisory approval if selected. Klondike Goldrush will cover travel and per diem. Assistance with salary costs is negotiable. Park housing will be available. 

 The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 30th. 

Please contact Mike Tranel at (907) 983-9200 with any questions. 

[Submitted by Mike Tranel,, 907-983-9200]

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (AK)
Chief Of Resources (Detail)

Dates: 06/15/2015 - 09/15/2015

Klondike Goldrush is seeking candidates at the GS-11 or GS-12 level to serve as acting chief of resources for up to 90 days, starting in mid-June.

The person in this position manages natural and cultural resources programs along with planning and compliance activities and works as a member of the park's management team. 

Interested candidates should submit a resume to Mike Tranel, the park's superintendent, and will need supervisory approval if selected. Klondike Goldrush will cover travel and per diem. Assistance with salary costs is negotiable. Park housing will be available. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 30th. 

Please contacy Mike Tranel at (907) 983-9200 with any questions. 


[Submitted by Mike Tranel,, 760-983-9200]

Outer Banks Group
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

The Outer Banks Group (Cape Hatteras NS, Fort Raleigh NHS, and Wright Brothers NM) is seeking applicants interested in a lateral reassignment to a permanent career seasonal, subject to non-pay status protection ranger position located in the Hatteras District.  The park is currently looking at filling one or two full time permanent career seasonal positions at this time.

The Hatteras Island District is one of three districts within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  It is a barrier island on the outer banks of North Carolina, stretching from the Oregon Inlet to the Hatteras Inlet, a distance of about 50 miles. There are seven unincorporated villages on the island; Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. The district office is located in Buxton. Essential services are located on the island including groceries, lodging, medical clinic, K-12 schools, hardware store, restaurants, etc (primarily small businesses). Big box stores, chain restaurants, and a hospital are about a one hour drive from Buxton in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk. The cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach are about a three and a half an hour drive from the Buxton area.

Park housing may be available. Housing is also available in the local area for rent or purchase. Permanent changes of station (PCS) expenses are authorized for current federal, career or career-conditional employees.

By the closing date of this announcement, applicants must currently possess a Type I or Type II law enforcement commission and be in a designated primary law enforcement 6(c) covered position.  A lateral reassignment is a change of duty station from one position to another at the same grade within the same agency. Applications will be accepted from current NPS career/career conditional GL-0025-09 Rangers. Applicants must meet the following qualifications for the position:

Key requirements:

  • OF-612, Optional Application for Employment; Resume, or equivalent.  Please include all experience, training and/or education related to the position.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. (Non-Award)
  • Copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
  • Copy of your Level I or II Law Enforcement Commission without picture.

For more information regarding the position, please email or contact Acting District Ranger Jeff Goad ( or (252)-475-9607 (406)-581-1349

Interested individuals should submit their application packages via email and label the subject line: “CAHA GS-0025-09 PARK RANGER LE LATERAL CAREER SEASONAL RESUME PACKAGE 05012015” by May 1st to NPS Human Resource Specialist Colleen Stone via Email:  or send them to secure fax: (252)473-2881.

Governors Island National Monument (NY)
GS-0025-12 Supervisory Protection Ranger (Detail)

Grand Canyon National Park is seeking a GS-12 supervisory protection ranger for a 90 to 120 day detail to the North Rim District. 

Multiple detail opportunities may be possible depending on number of applicants and dates of availability. The desired starting date is May 15th, upon opening of the North Rim. The park will pay all travel and per diem costs. Base salary is negotiable. Applicants must possess a NPS Level 1 commission and current EMT certification.

The North Rim District receives approximately 400,000+ visitors annually, primarily from mid-May to the end of October. There is a campground, historical districts, a major concession operation with 225 overnight accommodations, 230 concession employees, a grocery store, post office, liquor establishment, gas station, and mule ride concession.

North Rim rangers are involved in the full range of visitor and resource protection activities during the busy summer season, including law enforcement, emergency medical services, structure and wildland fire, and search and rescue incidents.  These rangers work in both the front and backcountry settings and patrol the park by foot, patrol vehicle and UTV. 

This detailed supervisor will be responsible for approximately five to ten other staff members, both protection rangers and volunteers. This is an outstanding opportunity to work in one of the largest visitor and resource protection programs in the National Park Service and to experience a wide variety of visitor and resource protection situations.

Qualified employees, with supervisory approval, should send an updated resume, most recent performance appraisal, and a current SF-50 to Law Enforcement Specialist Laura Van Inwagen, 928-638-7813 or by April 30th.