Monday, March 10, 2014
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NEWS AND NOTES
Andersonville National Historic Site (GA) Events Commemorate 150th Of Prison’s Opening
Over a thousand visitors participated in events and programs over the first two weekends in March to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of Andersonville prison in late February 1864, marking the beginning of two years of scheduled programs to remember prisoners of war held at Andersonville and other Civil War prisons.
The fourteen-month long operation of the Camp Sumter Military Prison, commonly known as Andersonville, is an entry point to a tragic story of the consequences of war. In a war that divided not only states, but families, the experience of prisoners of war touched almost every American home.
In addition to exploring Andersonville prison and the stories of the men held here, the park is charged with providing "an understanding of the overall prisoner of war story of the Civil War," and to acknowledge the shared experiences of prisoners in the North and South.
Every two months during the anniversary period, the park will focus on themes that represents the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of the captivity experience.
Beginning in February, "First Saturday" programs (held on the first Saturday of each month) will use the monthly theme to explore the prison story and discuss each featured prison. These programs will vary from month to month.
The largest events to commemorate the Andersonville story will occur the third weekend in September 2015. Events scheduled for that weekend include a two night Memorial Illumination at the prison site and a “Funeral for Thirteen Thousand.”
On September 18 and 19, 2015, volunteers will place nearly 13,000 luminaries on the prison site, each representing the death of a United States soldier during the fourteen month operation of the prison. On those evenings, the luminaries will be viewable by driving the prison loop road after dark.
On September 19, Andersonville National Cemetery will host a ceremony to remember the nearly 13,000 American soldiers who died while held captive at Andersonville prison, among the 56,000 Americans who died as prisoners of war during the Civil War. This service will be the funeral they never received.
"The story of the Andersonville and the other military prisons remains a very emotional one, even 150 years later," said Superintendent Brad Bennett. "We look forward to engaging with visitors over the next two years to learn more about this time when we held each other prisoner."
For more information on anniversary programs, please visit the park website at: http://go.nps.gov/cwprisons
[Submitted by Eric Leonard, Chief of Interpretation and Education]
United States Park Police Training Course For Dog Teams From Nation Of Georgia Underway
The third Monday in February marked the beginning of an eight-week-long Park Police sponsored narcotics detection training school for five canines and their new handlers from the nation of Georgia.
The training includes management of a canine task force team, training techniques, appropriate care for the dogs, and empowering officers to build a professional and capable canine team. The five handlers are already starting to build strong bonds with their dogs.
A formal graduation ceremony from the U.S. Park Police Academy will take place on April 11th, after which the dogs and handlers will return to Georgia to work as a canine team for the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Georgian Ministry of Finance Revenue Service.
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) assists the government of Georgia in strengthening the rule of law through practical skills training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges.
INL efforts also focus on improving local capacity to fight transnational crime, including human trafficking and narcotics trafficking, and advancing implementation of criminal procedure reforms to create a justice system that meets international standards, enhances regional stability and security, and helps support Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.
Nancy Carter Selected As Lands Division Chief
Regional Director Stan Austin has announced the selection of Nancy Carter as chief of the Land Resources Program Center for the Southeast Region. She follows Jim Strotman, who retired in December.
Nancy has served as the supervisory realty specialist in Atlanta since 2009, when she transferred from the Naples (Florida) Project Office, a satellite of the Atlanta program.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Nancy graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in elementary education and started to work as a GS-3 receptionist in the U.S. Attorney’s Office there. She also worked for the Small Business Administration and the Internal Revenue Service before landing an upward mobility position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a land and property appraiser trainee. She worked her way up through the ranks from appraiser to realty specialist, joining the NPS in 1998.
Nancy and her husband, Alex, greatly enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren (with one more en route) and their many pets. When possible, they spend time camping, boating, cheering for their favorite football teams, and fantasizing about becoming NASCAR drivers.
While we may not always think of the lands offices in our day to day operations, we should. Typically, parks begin when we describe the physical place where they will be. Those jagged lines and craggy corners on a map truly defines where we exist on the planet. While the stories attached to those places rise up and take form, our memories most frequently call back to the landscapes we have seen and the roads and trails we have travelled.
[Submitted by Marianne Mills, firstname.lastname@example.org, (404) 507-5613]
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 March 7th.
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.
New Public Laws
Nothing to report.
On March 4th, the House passed by voice vote the following bills of interest to the National Park Service:
- H.R. 2197 (Pingree, D-ME-1), to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the York River and associated tributaries for study for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The Department supports the bill.
- H.R. 2259 (Daines, R-MT-At Large), to withdraw certain Federal land and interests in that land from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws and to preserve existing uses. Some of the affected land is adjacent to Glacier National Park. The Department supports the bill.
- S. 23 (Levin, D-MI), a bill to designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan, and for other purposes. The bill would designate more than 32,000 acres of wilderness. The Department strongly supports the legislation. House passage clears the bill for the President.
On March 6th, the House passed by a vote of 229-179, H.R. 2641 (Marino, R-PA-10), to provide for improved coordination of agency actions in the preparation and adoption of environmental documents for permitting determinations, and for other purposes. The legislation would mandate a four-and-a-half-year deadline to complete the National Environmental Policy Act review process, including an 18-month maximum for an environmental assessment and a 36-month maximum for an environmental impact statement. It would also reduce the statute of limitations to 180 days for challenging an agency's environmental review. The Administration issued a statement in opposition to the bill.
On March 6th, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop) held a hearing on H.R. 2430 (Pascrell, D-NJ-9), to adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium, and for other purposes. The Department would support the bill if amended to prohibit the NPS from acquiring ownership of the stadium. The Department’s witness was Dr. Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science.
New Bills Introduced
The following new bills of interest to the NPS were introduced:
- S. 2055 (Boozman, R-AR), a bill to allow for the collection of certain user fees by non-Federal entities.
- H.R. 4119 (Johnson, D-GA-4), to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4120 (Hoyer, D-MD-5), to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date.
- S. 2080 (Cardin, D-MD), a bill to conserve fish and aquatic communities in the United States through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation, improve the quality of life for the people of the United States, enhance fish and wildlife-dependent recreation, and for other purposes.
- S. 2084 (Pryor, D-AR), a bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require the Secretary of the Interior to publish and make available for public comment a draft economic analysis at the time a proposed rule to designate critical habitat is published.
- H.R. 4182 (Smith, R-MO-8), to provide that the Ozark National Scenic Riverways shall be administered in accordance with the general management plan for that unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.
- S. 2098 (Tester, D-MT), a bill to ratify and approve certain payments to school districts serving Yellowstone National Park.
Upcoming Committee Activity
On March 14th, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young) will hold a hearing on a discussion draft bill, “The Alaska Native Subsistence Co-Management Demonstration Act of 2014”. The hearing is scheduled for 11:00 AM in 1324 Longworth. The Departmental witness has not been determined.
For additional information, please visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office website at http://www.nps.gov/legal/
[Submitted by Susan Farinelli]
Pacific West Region GS-0401-13/14 Regional Natural Resources Program Manager
Dates: 03/05/2014 - 03/25/2014
An announcement has been issued for a natural resources program chief for Pacific West Region.
The full copy of the announcement can be obtained by clicking on the "More Information" link below. Further inquiries may be directed to Deputy Regional Director Chip Jenkins via email or phone.
This announcement closes March 25th.
[Submitted by Chip Jenkins, email@example.com, 206-220-4020] More Information...
Cape Cod National Seashore (MA) GS-0025-11 Supervisory Protection Ranger
Cape Cod National Seashore is recruiting for a supervisory protection ranger for its North District. The position is open now and will close on March 20th.
The ranger selected will function as the operations supervisor for the North District, working with the district ranger. He/she will oversee the law enforcement and emergency services within the district, directly supervising four permanent law enforcement rangers and approximately six to ten commissioned seasonal rangers.
For more information, contact North District Ranger Craig Thatcher at 508-487-2100, extension 0910. For a copy of the announcement, click on the link below.
Bryce Canyon National Park (UT)
GS-0401-11 Biologist (Lateral)
Dates: 03/05/2014 - 03/17/2014
Bryce Canyon National Park is seeking qualified candidates interested in a lateral reassignment to a GS-11 subject-to-furlough position as biologist and NEPA compliance specialist. The furlough period is expected to range from two to three pay periods annually. Applications are due by March 19th. The biologist/NEPA compliance specialist leads the park’s wildlife program. Responsibilities include:
- Oversight of threatened and endangered species and other species of management concern
- Development of resource management implementation plans and related environmental compliance documents
- Preparation of project proposals for internal and external funding opportunities
- Serving as a technical specialist on park-wide planning initiatives
- Developing projects to protect wildlife and their habitat in a complex resource environment throughout the park.
- Overseeing the following park programs and planning initiatives: Utah prairie dog stewardship plan, the park’s annual Utah prairie dog day, the Bryce Canyon circle for the annual Audubon Christmas bird count, and other environmental education and outreach opportunities.
- Working closely with staff from adjacent land management agencies on projects of joint concern.
- Supervising term, seasonal, intern and volunteer staff. Applicants must possess skills in NEPA compliance, program management and administration of budgets, agreements/contracts, and personnel.
Government housing may be available on a bid basis. Permanent change of station (PCS) moving expenses will be authorized.
Bryce Canyon National Park is an internationally renowned national park located at the summit of the Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau. The spectacular geology, pristine long-range vistas, and exquisite night skies, coupled with a diversity of plant and animal life, form an awe-inspiring environment. Elevations vary throughout the park from 6,500 feet to 9,000 feet. Due to the nature of the job and elevation, good physical fitness is a necessity.
Bryce Canyon National Park is located within an area of several million acres of nationally designated conservation lands and recreational opportunities abound. Local communities sponsor art, social and recreational events throughout the year.
Elementary and high schools are located in nearby Tropic (10 miles from park headquarters) with bus service. Nearby communities have post offices, gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants and lodging. The nearest medical facilities are in Panguitch (28 miles). Cedar City (80 miles) has movie theaters, clothing stores, full-service grocery stores, and department and home improvement stores. The park has a camper store, restaurant and lodge, open seasonally.
Visit the park website for more information at: http://www.nps.gov/brca.
If interested, please submit the following by March 19th: A detailed resume or OF-612 detailing work history, educational background and any special qualifications/certifications, professional and personal references, as well as your last performance appraisal. Send them to Randi Miller, human resources specialist, at Randi_Miller@nps.gov with the subject line "BRCA Biologist."
For more information on the position please contact Daniel Fagergren, chief of resource management and visitor protection, at 435-834-4760 or by email at Daniel_Fagergren @nps.gov.
[Submitted by Daniel Fagergren, 435-834-4760] More Information...