The Morning Report

Monday, June 23, 2014

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INCIDENTS



Yosemite National Park (CA)
Seriously Injured Visitor Extricated From Park

A 14-year-old visitor was seriously injured in Yosemite National Park on Thursday, June 19th.  The boy, from Fontana, California, was on a day trip to Yosemite Valley when he sustained severe head trauma from a fall.  The teenager was scrambling at the base of Lower Yosemite Fall with family members shortly after 2 p.m. when he fell from a large boulder, slipped about 20 feet down the side of the boulder, and dropped into a small “cave” formed in the talus field.  Yosemite Emergency Communications Center quickly dispatched rangers after receiving multiple 911 calls from witnesses immediately after the accident.

Yosemite Valley rangers Mike Hastings, Scott Jacobs, Aaron Smith, Loren Fazio, Kevin Davis, Philip Johnson, and field trainee Matthew Payton responded. Finding the teen unresponsive and unconscious, responders decided to initiate a quick extrication via short-haul. The park’s contract helicopter, 551, flew to the site. Ranger David Pope, who arrived on scene shortly after initial responders, was then short-hauled with the boy to the Ahwahnee Meadow where the patient was transferred to a waiting air medical helicopter for transport to a local hospital.

Yosemite Valley Law Enforcement Ranger Ed Visnovske was the incident commander.

[Submitted by Kari Cobb, Public Affairs Officer]


LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Rangers Rescue Three Boaters From Lake Mead Waters

Rangers responding to a distress call early in the evening of June 16th found three boaters in waters a half-mile from their vessel. That afternoon with steady 25-35 mile-per-hour winds, gusting at times to 40 mph, rangers were alerted that a group of boaters was stranded on the lake after their engine failed to start. The caller reported that three people in the lake were unable to return to the vessel and that they had been lost from sight. Initial reports located the vessel in the area of Sentinel Island.

Rangers responding to the area via patrol vessel located one man holding onto a pool noodle and two women about 300 yards from him using a ring buoy to stay afloat. The vessel had drifted more than half a mile from them. Investigation revealed that an intoxicated woman had entered the water to cool off. Due to the winds, she quickly drifted away from the vessel. The remaining boaters attempted to toss her a ring buoy but she could not initially reach it. Another woman and a man entered the water with a pool noodle. None of the swimmers were wearing life jackets. Because the boat’s engine was not in neutral, the novice boaters were unable to restart it. One woman was issued a mandatory appearance citation for being in a park area under the influence of alcohol to a degree which may render oneself a danger to themselves or others.

[Submitted by Mark Hnat, Mead district ranger]


Redwood National and State Parks (CA)
Illegal Campers Charged For Arson Fire

Redwood National and State Parks law enforcement rangers responded to a call for an out of control campfire in the Jedediah Smith Campground on the evening of June 12th. Assistance was requested of local fire departments and CalFire, the agency in charge of wild land fire suppression on state park lands.

The responding NPS district supervisor was flagged down by a park visitor who said that she and her friends needed help putting out a campfire in a tree. Field training ranger Morse and trainee Jurado arrived on scene and walked the woman back to the site where they found a partially hollow 130-foot tall old growth redwood tree on fire. With the fire located near the park boundary, and with several dozen homes nearby, CalFire and NPS Fire staff immediately started suppression operations. Drought conditions hampered suppression efforts that lasted throughout the night and which included 10,000+ gallons of water being sprayed into the tree. Due to fire damage the tree eventually collapsed, and suppression activities were successfully concluded. Working in conjunction with CalFire Law Enforcement, Ranger Jurado determined that the fire was intentionally set. Ranger Jurado subsequently arrested three illegal campers on state charges of arson and felony vandalism.

For further information, contact: Marshall Neeck, chief ranger at (707) 465-7302

[Submitted by Marshall Neeck]


NEWS AND NOTES



Lincoln Home National Historic Site (IL)
Youth Explore Lessons Of Leadership And Struggle

More than 50 youth and mentors took part in a heritage and science weekend, presented by Lincoln Home National Historic Site and community partners, as part of the Spirit of Lincoln Youth Leadership Academy. The visit was supported by the National Park Foundation’s “Ticket to Ride” program, introducing students to five national parks and one national historic landmark in Illinois and Missouri.

Academy participants experienced historic places first hand during the weekend-long trip where they learned, not only history, but leadership and science. Beginning on Friday, May 30th, and ending on Sunday, June 1st, academy participants visited Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois; Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri; Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Missouri; and, George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri. Academy participants stayed overnight at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

Weekend activities were supported by the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area; Old State Capitol Foundation; M.O.M., Inc.; and, the Abraham Lincoln Association.

Members of area youth mentoring programs participating in the Spirit of Lincoln Youth Leadership Academy include The Outlet; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Frontiers International, Inc.; and, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois. The academy’s goal is to inspire area youth with a message of empowerment and hope by presenting the stories of challenges that have been faced and overcome in the past. The academy generally meets twice annually, on Abraham Lincoln’s February 12th birthday, and again during the summer. More information on the Spirit of Lincoln Youth Leadership Academy can be found at www.nps.gov/liho/forkids/academy.htm

More photos from the trip are posted in the link below. 

[Submitted by Timothy P. Townsend, historian]

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Office of Learning and Development
NPS Fundamentals Re-Starts With A New Design

After more than ten years of serving the NPS community, an updated, technologically-smart, and revitalized NPS Fundamentals program is ready to roll out! NPS Fundamentals continues to be the premiere new employee training program, and the most comprehensive exploration of our organization that is available to the national workforce. After Fundamentals training, new employees better understand the NPS mission and embrace successful best practices.

When will NPS Fundamentals start up again?
Classes running from October 2014-March 2015 are currently open for application. April 2015-September 2015 classes will open for application by September 30, 2014. The design process continues through the end of this fiscal year to assure that employee involvement and feedback are included.

How do I find class dates and apply for a class?
Class dates are posted on the Fundamentals website: http://www.nps.gov/training/fundamentals/html/NPS_fundamentals_residential.html.

Class application does not occur through DOILearn, but through: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NPSFundamentals (link is also on the Fundamentals website)

What are the components of the new NPS Fundamentals program design?

  1. Component 1: Nineteen (19) introductory online reference pages called "NPS Essentials". These are available for reading at: http://www.nps.gov/training/essentials/html/index.html.
  2. Component 2: Eight (8) e-learning interactive modules. These modules will be available by September 30, 2014.
  3. Component 3: A two-week residential course at the Albright Training Center in Grand Canyon, AZ.

 

Am I eligible to attend?
All new permanent employees within their first three years of permanency are eligible to apply. We encourage eligible employees to take the course within their first year. All NPS employees can take the e-learning courses and read through the NPS Essentials which provide a valuable introduction to the NPS.

Where can I find more information?
On the NPS Fundamentals program website at www.nps.gov/training/fund.

[Submitted by Laura Congdon, nps_fundamentals@nps.gov]

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Natural Resource Stewardship and Science
Deputy Associate Director George Dickison is Retiring

George Dickison, deputy associate director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS), will retire on June 30, 2014 after 22 years with the National Park Service.

George began his career in natural resources in Alaska. An Illinois native, George told himself that he’d move as far west as he could after high school. He followed his personal compass to the Pacific Northwest where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Evergreen State College. A brief interlude took him back East for graduate school where he earned a master’s degree in Forest Ecology from Duke University. After graduate school George moved, with his high school sweetheart, to Seattle and then to Alaska where they initially lived in a remote Athabascan village and George commuted by air taxi to his job in Anchorage. He first experienced Alaska in 1972 participating on a NOLS expedition followed by months of bumming around the state. He always knew he would return.

George was an early pioneer in the field of geographic information systems (GIS) first becoming involved in the late 1970’s. He held GIS positions with Alaska Department of Natural Resources, North Slope Borough, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and with a private consulting firm before coming to the NPS in 1992. George served the NPS Alaska Region as team manager for GIS and information resources, regional inventory and monitoring coordinator, regional chief of natural resources, and as the chair of the regional Natural Resources Advisory Council.  

In 2006, George had the opportunity to serve as the director of the Natural Resource Program Center (NRPC). He was optimistic and enthusiastic about making a difference at the national level. So, after 24 years in Alaska, George and his family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado.

Over the years under George’s leadership and guidance, NRPC transformed to become a more integral part of the greater Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) Directorate, and he became the NRSS deputy associate director for operations and program support.

George brought a wealth of experience to his job as NRSS Deputy Associate Director, and worked diligently in overseeing the expansion and refinement of the various programs and services provided by the NRSS today. He hopes that after he has moved on that “NRSS will continue to be leaders in making a difference and that park resources across the service will continue to be in a better place because of NRSS efforts.”

Working for NPS has been a dream come true for George.  He has always had a love for the outdoors and over the years you could find him hiking, camping, canoeing, skijoring with his dog, running and skiing marathons. Another hidden talent was homebrewing but that fell by the wayside when he moved to Fort Collins where there is no shortage of good beers to enjoy.

After retirement George will continue to live in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife Brenda although they plan to travel a lot. He is excited to qualify for the $10 lifetime senior parks pass and hopes to make it to as many parks as he can. George and Brenda have also hosted many international students over the years, and he fondly notes that now is the time to reconnect. “We have friendly faces all over the globe we can stay with, and have a long list of places we want to explore,” he said.

Happy travels, George!

George can be reached at geo2brenda@msn.com so keep in touch.

[Submitted by Brittni Medina, brittni_medina@nps.gov]


NER
Corrado "Charlie" Corsetto Says Goodbye

June 13th, 2014 was Corrado “Charlie” Corsetto’s last day of work at Lowell National Historical Park, ending a 10-year government career, six of them at the park. 

Corrado, or Charlie as he is known, considers it a  privilege to have been working as a custodial worker at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, the park’s flagship museum, Tsongas Industrial History Center, and the NPS Northeast region conservation center.

“It’s been a very interesting experience working at the park, lots of great people and lots of children visiting the “Tsongas Center,” Charlie said.

A Lawrence, Massachusetts native, Charlie served four years in the United States Air Force, where he got to see the world as a mechanic.  After that time, he went to work in the furniture business, followed by a 23-year career in the paper mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts until it closed. Charlie returned to the furniture industry until the store he worked at closed it’s doors in 2008. Never one to let adversity stand in his way, Charlie learned of an opening at Lowell National Historical Park and found he had the right stuff to work at “the Boott.”

When asked, what’s next, Charlie said he would follow his father's example of “always staying busy, which he did at the age of 62 well into his 90’s...He always had something to do around the house, outside in the summer and inside in the winter, but always starting the day with a two-mile walk.”   

A fan of ship cruising, Charlie has had the good fortune to cruise the Mediterranean recently with his wife of more than 30 years. “I would recommend it to anyone, I can’t think of a more perfect way to see the world,” he shared.  

Reflecting on his time at the park, Charlie said “It was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had in my life. I’m going to miss all my co-workers and the kids who visit the park.”

[Submitted by Phil Lupsiewicz, Phil_Lupsiewicz@nps.gov, 978-275-1705]


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 the week ending June 20th.

In order to obtain the full text of any of the bills that appear below, click on the following link: http://thomas.loc.gov/ . 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.

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New Public Laws

Nothing to report.

Floor Action

Nothing to report.

Committee Activity

On June 19th the House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings) approved the following bills of interest to the National Park Service:

  • H.R. 4049 (Duffy, R-WI-7), to amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and for other purposes, to adjust the boundary of the National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, and for other purposes.  The Department supports the bill with amendments.  The committee did not amend the bill.
  • H.R. 4489 (Cleaver, D-MO-5), to designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, and for other purposes.  The bill would redesignate Pershing Park in the District of Columbia as the National World War I Memorial and designate the Liberty Memorial of Kansas City at America’s National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the National World War I Museum and Memorial.  The bill was amended to remove “National” from the name of the title of the memorial.  The Department supports the bill as amended.
  • H.R. 4527 (Michaud, D-MI-2), to remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine, and for other purposes.  The Department could support the bill if amended to require that the property revert to the Federal government if the property does not remain in public ownership for specified uses.  The committee did not amend the bill.

 On June 20th the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (Lamborn) held a hearing on H.R. 1587 (Marino, R-PA-10), to authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to issue permits for rights-of-way, temporary easements, or other necessary authorizations to facilitate natural gas, oil, and petroleum product pipelines and related facilities on eligible Federal lands.  The bill would provide general authority to permit oil and gas pipeline rights-of-way through national park units.  The Department strongly opposes that portion of the bill.  The Department’s witness was Michael Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management.  Accompanying him was Dr. Herbert B. Frost, Alaska Regional Director.

New Bills Introduced     

The following bills of interest to the NPS were introduced:

H.R. 4901 (Bishop, R-UT-1), to maximize land management efficiencies, promote land conservation, generate education funding, and for other purposes.

Upcoming Committee Activity

Nothing to report.

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For additional information, please visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office website at http://www.nps.gov/legal/

[Submitted by Melissa Kuckro]


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site (GA)
GS-0025-14 Deputy Superintendent

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic has issued an announcement for a GS-14 deputy superintendent. It closes on July 8th.
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Glacier National Park
GS-0025-13/14 Chief Ranger

Glacier National Park has issued an announcement for a GS-13/14 chief, Visitor and Resource Protection.   It closes on July 2nd.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties and procedures for applying.
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National Capital Region
GS-0499-5 Student Trainee (Biological Science Technician)

Dates: 06/23/2014 - 06/27/2014

Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park is seeking a candidate from the Pathways Internship Program for a Student Trainee (Biological Science Technician), GS-0499-05, position in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Currrent NPS Pathways Student Trainees are eligible to apply.

The vacancy announcement (NPS-NCR-CHOH-14-1149230-KB) will be open from Monday June 23, 2014 through Friday, June 27, 2014.

Click on the following link for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties and procedures for applying.  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/373360900

[Submitted by Kim D. Brown, kim_d_brown@nps.gov, 202.619.7235]