Thursday, November 21, 2013
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NEWS AND NOTES
Natural Resource Stewardship and Science State Of The Park Reports On Track To Meet 2016 Goal
The National Park Service has begun the development of State of the Park reports to communicate complex information about the condition of priority park resources and values to visitors, the general public, NPS managers and staff, and partners.
Each report provides short summaries of the condition of the park’s natural resources, cultural resources, visitor experience, and park infrastructure. The goal of Call to Action item 28, “Park Pulse,” is to produce 50 State of the Park reports by the time of the Service’s centennial in 2016 in order to “assess the overall status of park resources and use this information to improve park priority setting and communicate complex park condition information to the public in a clear and simple way.”
The new State of the Park reporting effort was launched in October 2012. Since that time, scoping workshops have been completed and reports are being developed for 27 parks. Eight State of the Park reports have been published and are publicly available after being reviewed and approved at the park and regional levels.
The goal of producing 50 reports by the centennial is on track and likely to be exceeded. Resource Stewardship Strategies (RSS) are also being developed for three parks as part of a new streamlined approach for developing an RSS in conjunction with a State of the Park report.
The purpose of the State of the Park report is to:
- Provide visitors and the American public a snapshot of the status and trend in the condition of a park’s priority resources and values;
- Summarize and communicate complex scientific, scholarly, and park operations factual information and expert opinion using non-technical language and a visual format;
- Highlight park stewardship activities and accomplishments to maintain or improve the state of the park; and
- Identify key issues and challenges facing the park to help inform park management planning.
Additional information about the State of the Parks effort, including guidance documents, templates, example reports, training materials, and a schedule for completed and upcoming workshops, is available on the State of the Parks Intranet site and on the State of the Park SharePoint site.
[Submitted by Steve Fancy, State of the Parks Program Lead] More Information...
Gulf Islands National Seashore (FL,MS) Marine Debris Removed From Park Waters
A large dilapidated barge which had languished for 40 years in the sparkling and clear shallow waters of a wilderness island just off the coast from Pascagoula, one of Mississippi's largest cities, was removed in an effort that spanned the last two weeks of September.
Marine debris remains a pervasive issue for all coastal ecosystems, including Horn Island, the second largest and federally designated wilderness barrier island of Gulf Islands National Seashore.
The success of this removal project provides a template for further cooperation among state and federal agencies in addressing marine debris issues in the Gulf of Mexico.
To read more on this story, please visit NOAA’s Marine Debris Blog at the link below.
[Submitted by Monica Patel, Wilderness Specialist] More Information...
Fire Island National Seashore (NY) Paula Valentine To Retire
Paula Valentine will leave her position as public affairs specialist at Fire Island National Seashore at the end of November, bringing to a close a career with the National Park Service that has spanned nearly four decades.
Paula will be joining husband Wayne Valentine, who retired as chief ranger at Fire Island in 2006, at their new home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
“We look forward to spending more time with family and friends after we get settled in,” said Paula, who has already started planning and planting a fragrant perennial garden at their new home. More travels and sailing with Wayne are also on the horizon.
Both Paula and Wayne began their careers with seasonal positions in Gulf Islands National Seashore’s Florida District in 1974. Each of them was eventually selected for a permanent position in that park. They also started their family along the Gulf Coast, with the arrival of Michael, then Meredith.
The Valentines’ NPS careers and adventures took them to Buffalo National River (1984-86), Rocky Mountain Regional Office for Paula (1986-88), and Rocky Mountain National Park (1986) and Curecanti National Recreation Area for Wayne (1986-88), Everglades National Park for Paula and Biscayne National Monument for Wayne (1988-1990), Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area for Wayne (1990-2002) and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River for Paula (1992-2002), and, finally, Fire Island National Seashore in 2002.
A farewell for the Valentines is planned for Thursday, November 21st, in Sayville, New York. They can be reached at email@example.com or Paula.Valentine2@verizon.net.
Historian Tommy Jones Has Retired
Tommy Jones, historian and Section 106/110 compliance coordinator for Southeast Region, retired from federal service on September 30th.
Tommy had worked for Southeast Region since 2001, but he’d also completed several years of similar work as a contractor prior to joining the NPS. Always professional and thorough, Tommy applied his work experience and academic training to support parks and partnership programs to ensure standards in the National Historic Preservation Act were met.
Tommy holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia and a masters of heritage preservation from Georgia State University. A proud Atlanta native, he worked as the preservation officer for the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, served as a planner for the Olympic development project in conjunction with the 1996 Summer Olympics, and prepared numerous condition assessments and other preservation plans for various historic structures in Georgia, including the Bethany Congregational Church, the Margaret Mitchell House, Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House, and Hammonds House Museum, to name just a few.
For the NPS, he wrote a history for Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Wright Brothers Memorial Visitors Center, as well as projects at Carl Sandburg NHS, Cane River Creole NHP, and Cape Lookout NS.
Tommy also taught a graduate level course on the conservation of historic building materials for Georgia State for 13 years, training dozens of historic preservation and architecture students.
[Submitted by Paul Hatchett, firstname.lastname@example.org, (404) 507-5781] More Information...
National Capital Region Blazing Bison Runners Complete 10K Race
A group of over 30 employees from parks and offices in Northeast Region, National Capital Region, and the Washington Office completed the “Run for the Parks” 10K on November 3rd.
The group, registered as the “Blazing Bison Runners,” included seasoned runners, run-walkers, and friends of the National Park Service. Several members had been training together since September on weekly walk-runs after work from NCRO, located in East Potomac Park. Many members of the team drove several hours on race weekend from Fort Monroe NM and Shenandoah NP to participate in the run.
Race day was perfect, with cool morning temperatures, clear blue skies, and a breeze off the Potomac River to ruffle the fall foliage on the famous cherry trees.
The Blazing Bison Runners created team shirts – which were sprinkled throughout the pack of nearly 2,000 runners. “It was the team spirit that kept me going!” said one runner.
For some, this marked the completion of their first race. For others, it was a great excuse to get out in the park and run with friends (Let’s Move! Healthy Parks, Healthy People!). One Bison even won first place in her age category. Several runners have gone on to register for their next race – a local Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K in their hometown.
[Submitted by Jennifer Talken-Spaulding]
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (IA) GS-0341-11 Administrative Officer
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in conjunction with Effigy Mounds National Monument, has issued an announcement for an administrative officer.
The AO, duty-stationed in West Branch, Iowa, serves as the administrative lead for both parks and supervises the administrative staff at both locations.
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 December 3rd.
Padre Island National Seashore (TX)
GS-0303-6 Administrative Support Assistant/OA (Lateral)
Padre Island National Seashore is seeking an experienced individual for a lateral transfer into the position of administrative support technician.
The person selected will work directly for the chief of visitor and resource protection. Duties include budget and financial management, travel, payroll, park special uses, fee remits and other assigned office duties.
The person selected will:
- Work with various accounts and use AFS and FBMS.
- Collect data for division’s operating budget, set up controls to monitor expenses, recommend budget adjustments, and research accounting problems, unobligated commitments, and invoices/late payments.
- Serve as primary time keeper and advise supervisors and employees on pay, hours of duty and leave.
- Serve as travel manager for the division, prepare travel documents and make travel arrangements.
- Serve as park special use permit specialist, review requests and permit application forms, consult with division chiefs and regional office to determine needs and issue permits.
- Perform weekly remit for fee collection operations and park donations.
- Perform other office duties as assigned by chief ranger.
- Successfully complete an MBI background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
Submit the following requirements to email@example.com by close of business Friday, December 13th. Questions may also be directed to Chief Ranger Travis Poulson at his email address.
- Resume or equivalent. Please include all experience, training and/or education related to the position.
- Copy of SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action indicating GS-06 or higher.
- Copy of most recent performance appraisal.