The Morning Report

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Buffalo National River - AR
Swimmer Drowns In High Waters Of Buffalo River

Dispatch received a report on the evening of June 18th advising that a 22-year-old man had disappeared while swimming in the Buffalo River, which was near flood stage at the time of the incident.  The reporting party advised that the man and two companions swam across the river at Grinders Ferry; on their return swim, the victim began struggling, slipped beneath the surface of the river, and disappeared. 

Hasty search operations were begun immediately via land and boat and continued until slightly after dark.  Search operations continued the following morning at first light, with efforts focusing on side-scanning, sonar-mounted motorboat operations.  Additional sonar operations continued on Saturday and Sunday, and dive operations were begun on Sunday. 

On Monday morning, as dive teams were preparing to enter the water for the second day, District Ranger Mark Miller and Firefighter Tim Baron were making a motorboat sweep patrol to Gilbert when they located the body of the missing swimmer about two miles downstream from Grinders Ferry.  The body had been deposited by the river in a shallow depression on a sandbar about five vertical feet above the water line. 

A recovery and investigation team was immediately deployed to that location to recover the body, which was transferred to the Searcy County coroner upon arriving back at Grinders Ferry.  The search and rescue mission utilized a unified command team comprised of the National Park Service and Searcy County Sheriff’s Office. Additional resources came from Mennonite Disaster Services Search and Rescue (Carroll County SAR), the American Red Cross, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Dive Team, Arkansas G&F wildlife officers, Benton County Dive Team, Searcy County Dive Team, BUFFSAR volunteers and numerous park staff.

[Submitted by Karen Bradford, Chief Ranger]

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
Motorcyclist Killed In Accident In Marin Headlands

On the evening of Wednesday, June 24th, a motorcyclist from Oakland was killed in a crash on Bunker Road in the Marin Headlands. 

The motorcyclist was traveling at an estimated speed of 80+ mph, eastbound on Bunker Road through the Baker-Barry tunnel, when he lost control of motorcycle near the tunnel exit and crashed. Another motorcyclist was trailing behind and discovered the operator in the roadway with the motorcycle approximately 25 to 30 yards further down the road.

Rangers were nearby on another call and responded quickly to 911 reports of the crash. The first ranger to arrive performed CPR; paramedics from the Southern Marin Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and took over. They declared him dead at the scene.

Investigators from the park’s Problem Solving Unit (PSU) coordinated the death investigation with the Marin County coroner and the accident investigation with the reconstruction team from the United States Park Police.  The California Highway Patrol and Golden Gate Bridge Patrol also assisted with the incident.

[Submitted by Matthew E. Wallat, Law Enforcement Specialist]


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

National Fire Activity

NIFC is at PL 3. Twelve new large fires were reported yesterday, bringing the national total of uncontained large fires to 29. Fourteen incident management teams are currently committed.

Fire Weather Forecast

Red flag warnings have been posted in eastern Montana.

A ridge of upper level high pressure over the Great Basin will continue to bring hot and dry conditions to much of the western U.S. High based showers and thunderstorms are expected again today in portions of California and Nevada with wet storms in the Rockies and southwest U.S. Another weak impulse will move east through the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies with drying and gusty winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may produce severe weather over the central Plains region today, while further east, widespread showery and cool weather is anticipated from the Ohio Valley through the Atlantic Coastal region where a deep trough of low pressure is digging eastward. In Alaska a short wave ridge of high pressure will bring some warming and drying conditions, but locally breezy winds.

A NOAA map of today’s critical fire weather areas can be found at:

A NIFC webpage showing the current national significant wildland fire outlook is available at:

NPS Fire Summaries

Olympic NP – Crews on the Paradise Fire reported moderating weather and limited fire growthon Sunday, a change from the previous several days of high temperatures and low relative humidity. While other parts of the Pacific Northwest experienced lightning and thunderstorms, only intermittent sprinkles fell on the fire area. A smoke inversion also contributed to a quieter day. Sunday’s highlight for fire crews camped out in the Queets River drainage was the delivery of a satellite communications unit. This will allow the firefighters to keep in closer contact with fire management officials at the incident command post in Port Angeles. The unit improves safety conditions by giving the crews access to maps and creates more secure communications links in the event of an illness, emergency, or other situation that requires increased coordination of fire management activities. It also provides a convenience of telephone and internet contact with the outside world. High temperatures and increased fire potential will return mid-week and are expected to remain through the upcoming Fourthof July holiday weekend. Crews will continue their work to confine the fire north of the Queets River. Information on this fire can be obtained on InciWeb at, and by calling Paradise Fire Information at 360-565-2986. For real time information, visit the Paradise Fire Facebook page at

Additional Information

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


Point Reyes National Seashore (CA)
Veterans Bolster Wildland Fire Suppression Capacity

Point Reyes National Seashore and  Team Rubicon, an organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, hosted firefighter training for about 80 veterans this past week.

Successful completion of the training enabled the veterans to be deployed around the country to bolster capacity to fight wildland fire. Point Reyes joins a number of other locations around the country, including Valley Forge National Park, in employing veterans in this critical wildfire season.

Secretary of the Interior Jewell recently announced a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and Team Rubicon to provide training to assist in wildland firefighting efforts this season. Team Rubicon was founded in January 2010 after two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, gathered a team of other military veterans and civilian first responders and traveled to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the Port-au-Prince earthquake.

They soon realized many of the skills they learned in the military (teamwork, decisive leadership, risk mitigation and management, logistics, emergency medicine) translated perfectly to disaster relief, thus uniquely positioning military veterans as ideal disaster relief volunteers.

At present, there are over 2.2 million veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom find the transition from military to civilian life challenging. Team Rubicon seeks to help this transition by providing veterans with three things many lose after taking off the uniform – purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make.

Since 2010, nearly 28,000 members have joined Team Rubicon, the vast majority of them veterans. They have deployed nearly 100 times across the country and across the world – the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri; Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey; the 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma; Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; the 2013 floods in Colorado, and the recent earthquake in Nepal.

The Department of the Interior recently released a strategy to address the increasing threat of wildfires that damage vital landscapes and productive rangelands in the West, especially in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. The report, An Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy: Final Report to the Secretary of the Interior, May 2015, outlines a comprehensive, science-based approach for addressing the spread of invasive species that exacerbate the threat of fire and recommends increased training for rural firefighters and local volunteers as well as positioning fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. The report also focuses on the need to aggressively restore fire-impacted landscapes using native seed and local vegetation.

[Submitted by John A. Dell’Osso]

Minute Man National Historical Park (MA)
Campaign To Protect Parker’s Revenge Battleground Announced

National and local preservation leaders gathered at Minute Man National Historical Park,  the wellspring of the American Revolution, to announce a national fundraising campaign to preserve and study the historic battleground of Parker’s Revenge, a stirring American counterattack against withdrawing British forces on the first day of the Revolutionary War.

James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust and its Campaign 1776 initiative, announced on Friday, June 12th,  a fundraising campaign which will help acquire one acre of critical battlefield land at Parker’s Revenge while also underwriting archaeological research to further tell the story of Captain Parker and his Lexington militia company.

The archaeology grant is the first awarded through the Rediscovering the Revolution Battlefield Archaeology Program, created by Campaign 1776 and the Society of the Cincinnati to facilitate important research into the often-undocumented fighting that occurred during the course of the Revolutionary War.

Joining Lighthizer at the news conference held at the NPS visitor center were: Tom Lauer, chairman of Campaign 1776; Jack Warren, executive director of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati; Robert Morris, president of the Friends of Minute Man National Park; and Nancy Nelson, superintendent of Minute Man NHP.  

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David Hackett Fischer added his voice to the proceedings by explaining the role of Parker’s Revenge in the context of the better known Battles of Lexington and Concord.

[Submitted by Philip S. Lupsiewicz]

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area (KY,TN)
Former CCC Worker Shares Experiences With YCC Crew

On June 18th, former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worker Oscar Odom was the featured guest for “Experience Your Park – A Day on the Trail,” a special park event that showcased the work by Big South Fork’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews.

“Life is what you make it,” was the message of hard work, integrity, and passion for life that 97-year-old Oscar Odom shared with members of this season’s teenage Tennessee Youth Conservation Corps crew. The YCC crew is working this summer to restore the historic integrity of an 80 year old CCC fire watch cabin, located in the southern end of the park.  

Odom worked in the same cabin and fire tower during his time with the CCC from 1933 to 1935, prior to being drafted in World War II, and then later worked as a professional mason based on his CCC experience.

Also known as the “Tree Army,” the U.S. Congress established the Civilian Conservation Corps, in 1933, as a relief program that put unmarried young men between the ages 18 and 25 to work.  By 1942, roughly two million young men took part nationwide during the decade.  The CCC planted trees to combat soil erosion, maintained national forests and parks, built cabins, and recreation facilities, and established thousands of miles of telephone lines in the United States. 

In celebration of the upcoming National Park Service Centennial, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is offering a variety of opportunities to reintroduce the National Park System to the public and to engage them in a new dialogue on the value of public lands.

For more information about upcoming special events at Big South Fork, please use the following link:
For more information about the Youth Conservation Corps, please use the following link:

[Submitted by Veronica Greear, Park Guide]

Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site (MO)
Holocaust Survivor Speaks At Park

Four years ago, the park invited Jonathan D. Sarna, author of When Grant Expelled the Jews (2012), to speak. Sarna’s book discussed the reconciliation between Grant and the Jewish community.

In 1862, Grant issued an order to expel Jews from the military areas under his command. He soon rescinded the order, and regretted it for the rest of his life. From this experience, Grant dedicated himself to defending the Jewish community, and because of these efforts, Sarna argued that Grant then became one of the greatest friends of the Jewish community.

Since Sarna’s talk, the park has held a Jewish history program every June in recognition of this story. This year, on Saturday, June 13th, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site was honored to host Holocaust survivor Sara Moses.

Her Holocaust experience began when the Nazis assaulted Pietrokov, Poland, her hometown and transformed it into the first Nazi-occupied Jewish ghetto in Poland. Moses was one year old at the time.

Later, Nazis began seizing Jewish women and children. Moses’s parents smuggled her from the ghetto, and she would never see her mother again. Her mother “was taken to the death camp Treblinka, where she was murdered in the gas chamber.”

Eventually, the Nazis found Moses and deported her to the Ravensbruck concentration camp. The Nazis starved the prisoners, many of whom suffered with scarlet fever. Moses recalled that the “youngest children, as usual, were the first to get sick and the first to die. I was one of the youngest sick children there and I was still alive.”

One morning during roll call, a remarkable event occurred. One of the female Nazi guards, seeing the physical resemblance between Moses and her daughter, decided to help. Against regulations, she began to covertly provide food to her. It was this charity, Moses believes, that kept her alive. 

Moses was later moved to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Starvation plagued the prisoners there as well. They gnawed on raw bones. Diseases ran rampant through the population killing prisoners “at a horrendous rate.” The prisoners did not even have the strength to remove the dead bodies from the shelters.

Anne Frank was also a prisoner at Bergen-Belson. She died just weeks before liberation. For the seven year old Moses, liberation came by British troops on April 15, 1945.

From her experience, she concluded. “By our example, they can learn to become the silent bystanders of the world helping and strengthening evildoers, or by our example they can learn to become people of moral courage who will speak up not just for themselves and their own as most people do — but they will also speak up for those different from (themselves), for the unpopular and for those at their mercy.”

[Submitted by Timothy S. Good, Superintendent]


San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (TX)
GS-0090-5 Park Guide (Lateral)

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is seeking candidates for a non-competitive lateral transfer to a park guide position. The position is permanent, full time.  The tour of duty will require working weekends, holidays and occasional overtime.  The anticipated start date is in August (flexible).

Duties of the position include developing and presenting programs and tours for the public, assisting with educational programs for school groups, staffing the Visitor Center at Mission San Jose, staffing visitor contact stations at Missions Concepcion, San Juan and Espada, conducting offsite programs, operating audio-visual equipment, conducting bookstore sales, assisting with special events, responding to information requests in person, by email and phone, contributing to social media and other duties as assigned.  The incumbent will spend much of their time engaging visitors from around the world while being surrounded by beautiful 18th century Spanish architecture.

The interpretation division includes a GS-12 Chief of Interpretation, 5 permanent GS-9 Park Rangers and 5 permanent GS-5 Park Guides. The Park Guide will be directly supervised by a GS-9 Supervisory Park Ranger. It’s an exciting time to join our team! We're looking for someone who is willing to grow and change with us as we try new things and implement new partnerships and initiatives in the San Antonio community. We fully support career development and can promise to prepare an employee for the next step!

Relocation benefits are not authorized for this position. Park housing is not available.  An abundance of rental housing and homes for purchase are available in the San Antonio area. Recreational and cultural opportunities are abundant, as San Antonio is a large metropolitan area. Much of San Antonio can trace its roots to the park’s four missions, which are active Catholic parishes. Visitors from around the world come to experience Spanish Colonial mission life and learn how the Spanish transformed native cultures through language, religion and a new way of life. The missions serve as reminders of how native people adapted and succeeded in their new world, creating the culturally diverse San Antonio of today. Learn more at

Applicants should submit the following no later than COB July 6th. Please send application packages via email to

  • Resume with references
  • Current SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action)
  • Current performance evaluation (EPAP)

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Supervisory Park Ranger Tom Smith,, 210-932-1001 or Chief of Interpretation Lauren Gurniewicz,, 210-534-8875, ext. 227.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
GS-0401-9/11 Biologist (GIS)

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has issued an announcement for a biologist.

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 July 17th.
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Intermountain Region
GS-1102-12 Contract Specialist

Dates: 06/26/2015 - 07/07/2015

The Intermountain Region MABO office is seeking to fill a contract specialist position at its Grand Teton National Park location. The announcement closes on July 7th.

For more information on description of duties, area information, qualifications required and how to apply, click on the link below. If you have questions, email Tracey_Stills@NPS.GOV

TIP: Don’t forget your SF50 when applying. 

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

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
GS-1601-13 Facilities Manager

Dates: 06/27/2015 - 07/13/2015

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Division of Facility Management has posted an internal announcement for a facilities manager. This is open to all NPS current permanent career and career-conditional employees. Closes Monday, July 13th.

This position is permanent and full-time. For more details, click on the link below.

[Submitted by Todd Brindle,, 928-608-6210]

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Yosemite National Park (CA)
WG-2810-8/10 High Voltage Electrician

Yosemite National Park has issued an announcement for a high voltage electrician. 

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 July 15th.
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