Thursday, March 13, 2014
Independence National Historical Park (PA) Rangers Assist In Managing Demonstration
On Monday, March 10th, rangers from Independence National Historical Park received a call for assistance from the Federal Protective Service and the US Attorney’s Office in dealing with a group of demonstrators protesting the proposed construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which will stretch from Canada to Texas.
The group, which numbered approximately 200 people, had blocked all public entrances to the William J. Green Federal Building in downtown Philadelphia. Rangers assisted two members of the park’s maintenance division in setting up bicycle rack barricades opening one access door. When the group reentered the secured area, they were warned by FPS and Philadelphia Police Department officers to clear the area or face legal action.
After the demonstrators refused the order and locked arms, they were arrested by rangers and FPS officers and taken into the building for processing. Most were charged with CFR violations for disorderly conduct or disobeying a lawful order and released. Approximately twenty demonstrators were arrested and released, with one protestor arrested and held in jail for throwing a bottle at a US marshal attempting to exit the building.
Rangers and maintenance staff from Independence have gained a significant amount of knowledge in managing protests and public gatherings due to the large number of special events and First Amendment demonstrations regularly occurring in the park and also from the numerous Marijuana Smokedown protests which occurred in the park last year promoting the legalization of marijuana.
For more information on this event, click the following link to view local media coverage.
[Submitted by Trouper Snow, Chief of Law Enforcement Operations] More Information...
NEWS AND NOTES
Visitor and Resource Protection Mourning Bands Authorized For Fallen USFS Officer
The following memorandum, entitled “National Mourning Band/Ribbon Authorization – USFS Officer, Jason Crisp,” was issued this morning by Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection Cam Sholly:
We are saddened by the news that a United States Forest Service (USFS) officer was killed in the line of duty on the afternoon of March 12, 2014. Officer Jason Crisp was shot and killed in Burke County, North Carolina, while participating in a manhunt for a murder suspect. Officer Crisp was 38 years old and is survived by his wife and two children. Additional information can be found at the Officer Down Memorial Page (see the “More Information” link below).
The Deputy Director for Operations has authorized mourning bands and ribbons to be worn nationally through the date of his memorial (which has not been determined – details will be posted on InsideNPS). Mourning bands for badges should be black elastic, up to 3/4-inch wide, and placed horizontally across the middle of the badge or shield. Employees not issued badges may wear a 3/8-inch black satin ribbon, folded in a 1-inch loop pinned above the name tag.
We have a long history of working with our USFS partners. Please share in this expression of support to honor Officer Crisp and his sacrifice.
New Film Out On Woman Civil War Soldier
This month, in select parks throughout the nation, visitors and employees will have the opportunity to view “Secret Soldier”, a 15-minute educational film created from the longer documentary, “Rebel: Loreta Vazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War,” by Maria Agui Carter.
Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the remarkable story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. Velazquez was a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans who fought in the Civil War under the alias “Harry Buford.” Buford fought in the battle of First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a secret agent for the Confederacy.
While the United States military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Velazquez was fighting in battle 150 years ago ? one of the estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War.
Loreta Velazquez’s life cannot be defined by lumping her in one category. Looking at her through the eyes of women’s history, she will resonate as an example of the commonality of women pushing to change societal norms and laws to reach civic and political inclusion.
As an American Latino, her life will help amplify American Latino stories inextricably woven throughout American history. And, seen through the horrors of the American Civil War, her story will bring further to light the national divisiveness of that war and the personal resolve of each to fight on the side their conscious dictated.
It is no coincidence then that this film will be showcased in March, Women’s History Month, during the 150th commemoration of the American Civil War and in light of the commitment the National Park Service has in connecting and amplifying American Latino stories.
Through these types of projects, the American people can reconnect with their collective experiences and rich historical and cultural heritage which is embodied in the great places that the National Park Service protects and preserves.
The website www.rebeldocumentary.com contains additional educational shorts on women soldiers, information on women's roles in the American Civil War, the free streaming of "Secret Soldier" for educators, essays, a media gallery, and more.
In support of the American Latino Heritage Initiative, the National Park Service worked with the American Latino Heritage Fund, PBS, and other funders to support the production of both films.
Parks from Women’s Rights National Historical Park to San Juan National Historic Site to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to Lincoln Boyhood National Historic Site will all soon be showing “Secret Soldier”. If your park, program, or office would like to host a screening of either film, please contact Margie Ortiz (Margie_Ortiz@nps.gov).
[Submitted by Margie Ortiz]
Bandelier National Monument (NM) Bandelier Completes 3D Laser Scan Of Long House Pueblo
Bandelier National Monument has joined a number of parks in completing 3D laser scan documentation for a significant cultural site – in this case, the western half of Long House Pueblo, a 15th-century communal cavate pueblo that is managed as a display archeological site in the monument’s Frijoles Canyon visitor area.
The three-year project began with field data collection, consisting of laser scanning 120 lineal meters of the ground level architectural remains and cliff face up to 14 meters above the ground surface. Following data reduction, the project developed planimetric views, ortho-photomosiac elevations, petroglyph analysis, and 3D animations. Tribal consultation occurred at the outset of the project, and results are being shared with affiliated pueblos for incorporation into tribal education programs.
A high density of petroglyphs follows the prehispanic roofline of Long House Pueblo, but most are not discernible due to erosion of the soft native tuff geology. The petroglyph analysis benefitted from the 1-to-3mm resolution of the laser scan in combination with iterative modeling techniques that enhanced the visibility of these poorly-defined elements. A total of 241 petroglyphs were documented, approximately sixfold more than had been expected by park staff.
Animations were developed that depict current-day conditions of the archeological remains and then transition to a reconstructed visualization of the cavate village at the time of occupancy, with comprehensive architectural detail. The intent of the animations is to aid visitor, staff and scholarly understanding and interpretation of the site.
Reconstruction of Long House Pueblo animation can be viewed at this link. Cavates of Long House Pueblo animation can be viewed at this link.
Special thanks are due to Shannon Dennison Wallat for originating the project and to Paul Chattey for assistance in funding the work. The contractor for the project was 4G Consulting; the key subcontractor was Western Mapping Company.
Contact Barbara Judy, Sarah Stokely and Rachel Adler at (505) 672-3861 for additional information about the project.
[Submitted by Barbara Judy, Chief of Resources]
Big Cypress National Preserve (FL) Members Of Park Staff Become Certified UTV Trainers
In December, six Big Cypress National Preserve staff members completed the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association's (ROHVA) DriverCoach training course, becoming the first certified trainers in the NPS and among only 50 trainers in the country.
In accordance with NPS guidance in DO-50B, the park intends to train staff on the safe and proper use of UTVs (utility task vehicles, also known as ROVs or recreational off highway vehicles) in order to provide guidelines to employees on safety, clarify limitations on impacts to park resources and the visitor experience, and ensure that necessary and appropriate uses of all terrain and utility vehicles are consistent with park and NPS management goals and objectives.
The ROV basic driver course consists of an ROHVA e-course and closed range exercises. The Big Cypress classes also include seven optional open trail experiences. Students participate in both discussion and driving lessons, acquire general safety information, and learn basic techniques for driving a recreational off-highway vehicle responsibly. The lessons include starting and stopping, normal turns, swerving, and quick stops.
In order to efficiently provide field experiences and test the students' skills in a safe, controlled environment, the park maintenance team created a permanent training track on previously disturbed land, replicating local conditions, including driving on rocky terrain, sandy terrain, through water and muddy terrain, driving near trees, on inclines, and side-hills.
The new instructors have taught five classes providing training for 31 Big Cypress staff, volunteers and cooperators. Eight more classes are scheduled through 2014, and plans are to provide the course once a month in 2015.
[Submitted by Christine Clark]
Yosemite National Park (CA) Yosemite Hosts California Parks Conference
Last week, Yosemite National Park hosted the California Parks Conference at the Yosemite Lodge. More than 200 representatives from over 30 different park agencies attended the historic conference.
Rangers from the National Park Service, California State Parks, Santa Cruz County Parks, Orange County Parks, Marin County Parks District and many other agencies attended the gathering. Yosemite was chosen due to the shared heritage as both a national park and its significance to the California State Park System.
Highlights of the conference included a special ceremony at the Yosemite Cemetery (see this article in the Tuesday edition), a welcome address by Superintendent Don Neubacher, a variety of instructional sessions, guest speakers, and a banquet at the Ahwahnee Hotel.
Several members of the park staff gave presentations on topics as diverse as the history of Chinese in the park, ranger activities, the history of fire in Yosemite, and a glimpse into the world of public affairs at Yosemite.
Special guests included Major General Anthony Jackson, director, California State Park System, Ernest Chung, chairman, California State Parks and Recreation Commission, and Elizabeth Goldstein, president, California State Parks Foundation.
Also attending were descendants of Galen Clark, Yosemite's first guardian, and descendants of Frederick Law Olmsted. Conference co-chairs were Mike Lynch, superintendent, Auburn State Recreation Area, and Jeff Ohlfs, chief ranger, Joshua Tree National Park. Sponsoring organizations included the California State Park Rangers Association and the Park Rangers Association of California.
[Submitted by Scott Gediman, Public Affairs Officer]
Yosemite National Park (CA) GL-0025-9 Climbing Ranger (Lateral)
Yosemite National Park is seeking qualified candidates interested in a lateral to a permanent, less-than-full-time climbing ranger position.
This offering is open to current Level I or Level II commissioned rangers. Candidates must be able to lead climb at the 5.11 and A2 level. Candidates must also possess an EMT-Basic certification.
Yosemite National Park is a world renowned destination for rock climbers. It is recognized as the birthplace of big wall climbing and is considered one of the finest granite crack climbing areas on the planet. In addition to climbing areas, Yosemite contains a spectacular array of wilderness ecosystems, from rivers to alpine meadows and 13,000 foot peaks.
The person in this position serves as the lead climbing ranger for Yosemite. Major duties include law enforcement, emergency medical services, climbing patrols, supervision of volunteer climbing rangers, and daily oversight of stewardship programs including “Climber Coffee,” “Ask-A-Climber,” and “Climbing Trails.” The ability to provide education and outreach for the climbing community is a key function of this position. Opportunities exist to participate in Yosemite’s search and rescue and fire programs.
Work will be performed on a 5/4/9 schedule that may include nights, weekends, and holidays. Work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, walking, bending, climbing, hiking, and lifting heavy objects. Work is performed on uneven, steep, rough, slippery, and rugged terrain at high elevations. Housing may be available within the park. Permanent change of station (PCS) moving expenses will be authorized.
Yosemite National Park is located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. A variety of amenities are available in local communities including grocery stores, restaurants, churches, day care centers, and schools. Metropolitan areas including Fresno and Merced are located two hours away. Additional park information can be found at: www.nps.gov/yose.
For more information regarding this position please contact Wilderness Patrol Supervisor Kristin Kirschner at 209-372-0549.
Please submit the following documents to Cyndi Mattiuzzi in the Yosemite Human Resources Office by the close of business on Monday, March 31st.
- Resume/application including EMT certification
- Climbing resume
- Most recent performance appraisal
- Personnel Action, SF-50, documenting your competitive service status
Resumes may be faxed or mailed directly to Cyndi at the contact information listed below. If documents are mailed they must be received in the Human Resources Office by the close of business on Monday, Monday, March 31st.
Send to: Yosemite Human Resources Office, Attn: Cyndi Mattiuzzi, PO Box 279-HR, Mariposa, CA 95338 (phone: 209-379-1806; fax: 209-379-1934; email: Cyndi_Mattiuzzi@nps.gov).
Upper Columbia Basic Inventory and Monitoring Network
GS-0401/0408-9/11 Data Management Officer
The Upper Columbia Basic Inventory and Monitoring Network has issued an interdisciplinary announcement for a data management officer. The duty station is in Moscow, Idaho, where the network is closely associated with the University of Idaho.
Moscow is a town of just over 23,000 residents located in northern Idaho. With its small town friendliness and safe environment, Moscow is a great location for higher education, being home to the University of Idaho and adjacent to Washington State University just across the state line in Pullman, Washington.
Moscow is also a great place for those who love the outdoors. With a mild climate, clean air, highly rated schools, and a low crime rate, Moscow attracts a diverse group of residents and visitors. For more information about Moscow, please visit the town’s website.
The two vacancies are currently posted to USA Jobs:
Both close on March 21st.
Pacific West Region
WG-4749-9 Maintenance Mechanic
Dates: 03/07/2014 - 03/17/2014
Oregon Caves has issued an announcement for a career seasonal maintenance mechanic.
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 March 17th.
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