The Morning Report

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Fisherman Rescued From Delaware River

On the morning of Thursday, May 7th, park dispatch received a report from several fisherman of a man yelling for help on an overturned kayak across from Eshback. 

Rangers patrolling the New Jersey section of the park were on scene within minutes of the initial report. They found that a 78-year-old New Jersey man had overturned his anchored kayak while fishing, that he’d been in the water for approximately 30 minutes prior to the initial report, and that he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted. The water temperature at the time was 59 degrees.

Within five to ten minutes of locating the man, he began to complain of shaking uncontrollably, had difficulty answering basic questions, and said that he couldn’t hold on much longer.  Due his distance from shore, the rangers could not reach him with a throw bag. With the rescue vessel still 15 to 20 minutes out, it was decided that the rangers would enter the water to attempt a rescue. 

Two rangers wearing properly fitting PFDs entered the river and were secured by several throw bags. They swam half way across the river, reached the man, and cut the anchor line to his kayak. Two rangers on the shoreline then pulled all three to safety.

A waiting ambulance took the man to a local hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia. He was released from the hospital later that day.

[Submitted by Joe Hinkes, Law Enforcement Operations Supervisor]


NIFC/NPS Fire and Aviation Management
National Fire/Incident Situation Highlights

National Fire Activity – Preparedness Level 1

NIFC is at Preparedness Level 1.

Fire Weather Forecast

Daily fire weather reports are not yet available. To see a NOAA map of today’s critical fire weather areas, click on this link:

Fire Summary (Five Day Trend)

NICC daily fire summaries are not yet available. 

NPS Fire Summaries

Big Cypress NP – The lightning-caused Mud Lake Complex fires, which began on May 8th, have now burned over 35,000 acres and are 51% contained. A Type 1 IMT (Dueitt) has been assigned to the complex; at present, 358 firefighters and overhead are committed. For additional information, including maps and photos, go to this InciWeb site or to this Southeast Region news story.

Yukon-Charley Rivers NP – The park has prohibited the use of open fires due to high fire danger. No open campfires will be allowed in the preserve, but the use of gas grills and barbeques at campsites will be permitted. No ground fire of any type, including wood or charcoal-based fires, are permitted. For more information, click on this link.


For additional information on all fires, check the following web sites:


United States Park Police
Horse Mounted Unit Members Assist With Painting

On May 12th, members of the United States Park Police Horse Mounted Patrol Unit were recognized for their assistance with the painting, “Auspicious Morning,”  an illustration of President George Washington and the building of the American republic.

Artist Peter Waddell utilized U.S. Park Police personnel to include “spirit” for visual inspiration to complete his latest painting. The painting was unveiled at Decatur House in Washington, DC, at an artist’s reception given by The White House Historical Association in collaboration with the American Village Citizenship Trust. 

The painting manifests the desire, long unfulfilled, that Washington should be memorialized on horseback in the Capitol, surrounded by symbols of the new republic, to which he was ardently dedicated.

The painting will be on display at the American Village; an educational institution whose mission is to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government by engaging and inspiring citizens and leaders, with a special emphasis on programs for young people.

Waddell expressed his appreciation to the U.S. Park Police HMP Unit and its mounted partners for allowing him the opportunity to exemplify his work with such detail.

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]

Office of Communications
Director To Hold Webchat Tomorrow

Director Jarvis will hold his next webchat with employees on Wednesday, May 27th, from 3 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. Associate Director for Natural Resources Stewardship and Science Ray Sauvajot will join him to talk about this month’s topic, citizen science.

Click this link to access the chat just before 3 p.m. (or click “Webchat” on the right side of InsideNPS). This link will also allow you to watch the recorded video or read the transcript after the webchat. Where possible, please gather and watch the chat in groups to reduce stress on the network.

For those employees who are not on the VPN and not on the network, please access the webchat from, and click on the “Webchat” link on the right side of the InsideNPS homepage. If you’re not close to a computer during the live event, you can dial in to a listen-only conference line: 1-888-455-3802, passcode WEBCHAT.

Please send your webchat questions, feedback, and future topic ideas to by 12 p.m. on Tuesday May 26th; questions can also be submitted online during the webchat.  Any submissions received after the 26th will be considered for the next webchat.

[Submitted by Suki Baz]

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (TX)
Park Craftsmen Receive Teamwork Award

Park staff attended the annual federal recognition awards ceremony sponsored by the Alamo Federal Executive Board on May 5th, where an interdisciplinary team of employees received the 2015 Teamwork Award.

The teamwork/small team category recognizes a group of individuals dependent upon one another to exceed expectations through self-generated initiatives or innovations that resulted in significant tangible benefits to the agency and customers (visitors).

From March 2014 to March 2015, park preservation carpenter Jody Schutte led a project to build and replace wooden elements at Mission San Jose 1790's rehabilitated gristmill.  The work included formulating detailed materials lists, securing one of a kind antique stock, and rebuilding a new turbine, wheel hub, flume, tram rod, and all of the ancillary wooden elements, many of which are constructed for constant contact in water.

The project was necessary to keep the gristmill in functional order for the next 20 to 25 years. The gristmill provides an educational opportunity for more than 1.5 million annual park visitors.  Following an assessment of the condition of the now deteriorating materials, the team leader was able to develop minor adjustments to design and treatment strategies that should increase the next replacement cycle by 10 years or more, ultimately saving the park significant dollars over the life cycle of the gristmill.

The craftwork required custom milled wood that is often sourced from reclaimed old growth cypress and raw material that is harvested from submerged areas. The construction and installation phases required a mastery level of carpentry, metal work, and masonry trade skills in order to craft components and install them as functional assemblies. Award winning team members include Jody Schutte, Jack Guajardo, Stephen Siggins, Dean Ferguson, Christopher Castillo, Ken Hunt, and Stephen Junkins.

The awards program is recognized as one of the most prestigious and coveted forms of non-monetary recognition available to civilian and military employees of the U.S. Government in San Antonio.  The Alamo Federal Executive Board, based in San Antonio, Texas, represents 86 Federal agencies and 91,000 Federal employees and military personnel. 

[Submitted by Lauren Gurniewicz, Chief of Interpretation]

United States Park Police
Officers Receive Community Service And Public Safety Award

On May 1st, United States Park Police Sergeant Jonathan Daniels, Officer Enrique Wong and Officer Gregory Harper were presented the Award for Excellence in Community Service and Public Safety by the District Two Station Commander, Lieutenant Jerry Marshall. 

Each of these officers’ enforcement efforts were impressive and truly deserving of this award.  The Fairfax County Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) jointly sponsored this event. 

The ceremony was located at the Westfield’s Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia.  This is the 24th year that the award has been presented. Officers from the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Fauquier County Sheriff Office, Town of Herndon, Town of Leesburg, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, City of Manassas Park, Prince William County, Town of Purcellville, Town of Vienna, Virginia State Police and the Town of Warrenton were also presented with the award. 

Please join the U.S. Park Police in congratulating Sergeant Daniels and Officers Wong and Harper for their outstanding work and dedication to the mission of the United States Park Police.  They are saving lives and holding those who engage in drunk driving accountable for their actions.  

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]

Tumacácori National Historical Park (AZ)
High School Holds Baccalaureate Ceremony On Mission Grounds

Tumacácori National Historical Park was host to nearby Rio Rico High School’s annual baccalaureate ceremony on the evening of May 14th.

The non-denominational blessing service is an optional event for graduating seniors, their family and friends, and school staff. Approximately 100 of the 267 students in the graduating class attended this year’s event.

More than 550 people gathered in front of the old mission church for an hour long program of music, inspirational talks, and refreshments.

Since its founding in 1996, Rio Rico High School has held an annual baccalaureate service, usually in a local church. Over the years, the tradition has moved to the grounds of the historic Tumacácori Mission church.  

[Submitted by Anita Badertscher, Chief of Interpretation and Education]

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 May 22nd.

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

On May 14th, the Senate passed by unanimous consent S. Res. 179 (Wyden, D-OR), a resolution designating May 16, 2015, as “Kids to Parks Day”.

On May 19th, the House passed by a vote of 387-35 H.R. 2353 (Shuster, R-PA-9), the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015.  The bill extends funding authority for the Federal Lands Transportation Program through July 31, 2015, which will allow for the continuation of road projects within the National Park System until that time.


Committee Activity

On May 19th, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Murkowski) held a hearing on multiple energy supply bills, including S. 1236 (Murkowski, R-AK), the Hydropower Improvement Act.  The Department plans to submit a statement for the record covering S. 1236.

On May 20th, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands (McClintock) and the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans (Fleming) held a joint hearing on draft legislation titled “To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes”, which, among other things, prohibits the Director of the National Park Service from promulgating regulations prohibiting the transport of bows through units of the National Park System and requires the Secretary to issue commercial filming permits on Federal lands for crews of 5 or fewer.  The Department objects to the prohibition on regulations prohibiting the transport of bows and has concerns about the commercial filming provisions.  Steve Ellis, Deputy Director for Operations, BLM, was the Department’s witness. 

On May 20th, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Lamborn) held a hearing on H.R. 2295 (MacArthur, R-NJ-3), the National Energy Security Corridors Act, which includes authority for the Secretary of the Interior to permit rights of way for gas pipelines through units of the National Park System.  The Department strongly opposes authorizing the Secretary to permit these rights of way.  Timothy Spisak, Senior Advisor, Minerals and Realty Management, BLM, was the Department’s witness. 

On May 21st, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (Barrasso) held a hearing on, among other bills, S. 160 (Heller, R-NV) and H.R. 373 (Heck, R-NV-3), companion bills to direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal land under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions, and for other purposes.  The Department supports the legislation with amendments.  Tim Murphy, Acting Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships, BLM, was the Department’s witness.

New Bills Introduced

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

  • H.R. 2399 (Latta, R-OH-5), to establish the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, recreational shooting, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2401 (Latta, R-OH-5), to direct the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to require annual permits and assess annual fees for commercial filming activities on Federal land for film crews of 5 persons or fewer, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2406 (Wittman, R-VA-1), to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2430 (Lowenthal, D-CA-47), to designate as wilderness certain Federal portions of the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts in the State of Utah for the benefit of present and future generations of people in the United States.
  • H.R. 2453 (Norton, D-DC-At Large), to amend title 40, United States Code, to authorize the National Capital Planning Commission to designate and modify the boundaries of the National Mall area in the District of Columbia reserved for the location of commemorative works of preeminent historical and lasting significance to the United States and other activities, to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Administrator of General Services to make recommendations for the termination of the authority of a person to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1375 (Durbin, D-IL), to designate as wilderness certain Federal portions of the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts in the State of Utah for the benefit of present and future generations of people in the United States.
  • S. 1407 (Heller, R-NV), to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1416 (Flake, R-AZ), to amend title 54, United States Code, to limit the authority to reserve water rights in designating a national monument.
  • S. 1423 (Boxer, D-CA), to designate certain Federal lands in California as wilderness, and for other purposes.

Upcoming Committee Activity

Nothing to report.


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

[Submitted by Melissa Kuckro]


Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
GL-0025-09 Protection Rangers (Laterals)

Grand Canyon National Park is seeking qualified candidates for lateral reassignment to non-supervisory protection ranger positions in the Canyon District (backcountry). Applicants must be GL-9 permanent rangers to qualify. There are multiple vacancies (two or more) to be filled and include permanent full-time and subject-to-furlough positions.

As Level I commissioned rangers, those selected will be responsible for performing law enforcement duties, including detection, investigation, apprehension, and prosecution under applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The rangers also educate, interpret, and inform visitors about resources, conservation, laws, and regulations.

Applicants must have at least EMT-B certifications since they will provide emergency medical services to visitors in remote locations.

The Canyon District encompasses all backcountry areas of the park below the rim, exclusive of the Colorado River.  The district includes duty stations along the heavily used corridor trails at Phantom Ranch, Indian Garden, and Roaring Springs.  Patrols include trails and routes in both high visitor use areas and in remote sections of the park and are conducted primarily by foot.  Canyoneering, climbing, and river patrols are also conducted when appropriate. Applicants must be capable of planning and safely conducting multi-day backpacking patrols. The rangers work 8 days on/6 days off shift (10 hour days) as their tour of duty.  They respond to emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) operations in a rugged backcountry environment that sees over 300 calls annually. Canyon District Rangers staff SAR Shift (duty officer) daily and coordinate, manage or respond to all SAR requests below the rim. Grand Canyon has numerous employee developmental opportunities. 

These are required occupancy positions. Permanent change of station (PCS) moving expenses are authorized.  Employees obtain housing through a bid system. Assignments to temporary shared furnished quarters are made if housing is not obtained through the bid system prior to entry on duty. When an employee is assigned temporary shared quarters, the park is not able to provide accommodations for family member and pets. For additional housing information contact the park housing office at 928-638-7853.

Interested applicants should contact Craig Thexton, Supervisory Park Ranger, directly at 928-638-7603 or by e-mail at, or Cori Conner, Supervisory Park Ranger, directly at 928-638-7091 or by email at

Application packages should include the following:

  • A current resume
  • A current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • A copy of the employee’s most recent performance appraisal
  • A copy of your EMT-B or higher EMS qualifications
  • Indication of your interest in full-time or subject-to-furlough or both types of positions.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Applications must be dated on or before June 1st. Submit applications to:

Denver Service Center
GS-0801-13 Senior Construction Engineer

Denver Service Center is currently recruiting for a senior construction engineer for its Technical Branch. The announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.  It closes Monday, June 1st.

Please click on the announcement below for more details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying. 
 More Information...
Intermountain Region
GS-1101-9/11 Concessions Management Specialist

Dates: 05/21/2015 - 06/01/2015

Dinosaur National Monument has issued two announcements for a concessions management specialist -- one for status candidates and the other for U.S. citizens.

Click on the links below for copies of the announcements, with full details about duties, area information and procedures for applying.

They close on June 1st.

For more information, contact Tracey Stills at 303-969-2774.

[Submitted by Tracey Stills,, 303-969-2774]

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
WG-4742-9 Utility Systems Repairer Operator

Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking qualified candidates for a utility systems repairer operator.  

Both all source and merit promotion announcements have been issued. Click on the links below for copies of the announcements with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

Questions about the position, the park, or the area can be directed to the selecting official, Danny Basch, at (970) 586-1231 or

Both close on May 29th.