Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (TX) Recovery Continues From Last September’s Flooding
Progress continues in making emergency repairs to the serious damage inflicted by last September’s heavy rains and flash floods. Particularly hard hit were park trails.
A weather station located near the park’s fire cache registered 15.73 inches of rain between September 9th and 14th, including 13.50 inches over a 24 hour stretch during that period.
The park recently reopened the Bear Canyon and El Capitan trails and the Shumard Canyon backcountry campground. With the exception of Williams Road, which leads from Dell City to the Salt Basin Dunes and the Salt Basin Dunes day use area, all park roads, trails and facilities are now open. Park trail crews continue to work on Williams Road, much of which remains under Linda Lake; once they are able to reach it again, they will continue work on the Salt Basin Dunes day use area and Salt Basin Dunes trail.
The park released the ten members of the elite Mexican firefighting crew, Los Diablos, who’ve been providing assistance in the recovery. The crew has enjoyed a strong relationship with the National Park Service for more than 20 years. Also assisting have been temporary AD trail crew members hired to supplement the park’s trail crews in the aftermath of the storm.
For more information, see the park’s webpage or Facebook page.
[Submitted by Karl Pierce]
NEWS AND NOTES
Grand Canyon National Park (AZ) Major Donation Received For Trail Endowment
The Grand Canyon Association, the park’s official nonprofit partner, has received a $1 million donation from Arizona Public Service that will establish an endowment to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon's trails. This is one of the most significant private, philanthropic gifts in Grand Canyon's history.
The Trails Forever endowment will provide ongoing funding that will be vital in helping to maintain approximately 350 miles of trails, 126 miles of which receive scheduled maintenance. The park has a current maintenance backlog of over $300 million; $44 million of that backlog is associated with the trail system.
This endowment will help Grand Canyon's trail crew maintain and improve many more miles of backcountry trails in addition to the popular main corridor trails like the Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails and the River Trail. A portion of the APS gift was used to help renovate the Bright Angel Trailhead.
Ninety-eight percent of Grand Canyon's 1.2 million acres are in the backcountry and only accessible by the trail system. In 2013, Grand Canyon National Park hosted over 37,000 overnight backcountry users.
"This generous donation from the Arizona Public Service Company is the lead gift that establishes an endowment for trail maintenance at Grand Canyon National Park," stated Dave Uberuaga, the park’s superintendent. "APS have long been known for their philanthropic work in the state of Arizona and their commitment to community. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this donation establishes a path that will ensure those generations to come enjoy one of our nation's most precious gifts – the Grand Canyon, for the next 100 years and beyond."
APS has a long history of giving back to the Arizona community and has become an important partner for the Grand Canyon, participating in large volunteer projects, donating photovoltaic solar equipment for use and education, and providing power to the park since 1955.
"APS is proud to be part of this historic partnership to preserve and protect the Grand Canyon." said Don Brandt, chairman and CEO. "It is my hope that the public-private partnership forged today between APS and the Grand Canyon Association encourages businesses around the country to take an active role in preserving and protecting our national treasures."
This gift is one of the more significant gifts to Grand Canyon Association in support of Grand Canyon National park in its history.
"This generous $1 million donation to the Grand Canyon is an example of how committed APS is to the community and shows the importance of public private partnerships, said Susan Schroeder, executive director of Grand Canyon Association."In a period of shrinking budgets this donation and endowment will offset budget shortfalls and keep Grand Canyon's trails open for the public to enjoy."
[Submitted by Maureen Oltrogge]
Division of Jurisdiction, Regulations and Special Park Uses Guidance Issued On Managing First Amendment Activities
On January 28th, Director Jarvis signed Policy Memorandum 14-01, entitled “Interpretation of 36 CFR 2.52 – Free Distribution of Message-Bearing Items.” A copy of the memo was sent to all employees on February 5th.
As a result of several court decisions, the NPS also recently revised its regulations concerning First Amendment activities for all park areas Servicewide, except for National Capital Region park areas governed by 36 CFR 7.96. These changes are found in the current versions of 36 CFR 2.51 and 2.52 and include a revised definition of “demonstration” at § 2.51(a), a small group permit exception at § 2.51(b) and § 2.52(b), and a requirement for the designation of First Amendment areas at § 2.51(c).
The Division of Jurisdiction, Regulations and Special Park Uses captured these changes and other First Amendment requirements in an easy-to-use document entitled “Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions” for use by the field (except for § 36 CFR 7.96 park areas). Please familiarize yourself with the new NPS regulations and these other resources in order to properly manage First Amendment activities and requests as they occur.
This information may be found by clicking the “Managing First Amendment Activities” link in the left hand column of the Inside NPS Special Park Uses page.
[Submitted by Russel J. Wilson, Chief, Jurisdiction, Regulations and Special Park Uses]
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park (GA) Historian Jim Ogden Receives Prestigious Award
At the annual meeting of the Chattanooga Area Historical Association, Jim Ogden, chief historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, received the James W. Livingood Historian of the Year Award. This award is dedicated to persons who are preserving the history of the southeast Tennessee region.
Jim, a native of St. Mary’s, Maryland, attended Frostburg State College and fell in love with Civil War history. His career with the National Park Service began in 1982 and he became the historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 1988.
Since 1988, Jim has been an instructor for more than 400 groups of U.S. Army officers during their staff rides in the park.
Jim has led countless walking tours covering the history and the stories of the Civil War and has spoken to numerous groups to increase their interest in Civil War history. He travels the country as one of the leading experts on the military events that took place in the region.
[Submitted by Bill Reynolds, Southeast Regional Office]
NPS Alumni Passing Of Donald Heilemann
Donald Lewis Heilemann, 84, audio visual director for National Capital Region for 25 years, passed away on February 7th.
Heilemann was born in Jefferson, Wisconsin, on November 15, 1929. After graduating from high school in 1947, he served in the U.S. Army in the public information division for two years, and then went on to become a photographer for the Janesville Daily Gazette in Wisconsin and for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in Arizona.
His professional career as a photographer began at the Milwaukee Journal and as a news cameraman for WITI-TV and WXIX-TV, both in Milwaukee, in the 50’s and 60’s. He also formed independent Milwaukee TV News to provide footage to news organizations.
Heilemann was past president (1956) and award-winning photographer of the Wisconsin Press Photographers Association, as well as a past member of the National Press Photographers Association and White House News Photographers Association.
In 1966, he moved his family to Washington, DC, when he became a cameraman with WTOP-TV. In 1972, he left television to become audio visual director for National Capital Region, where he remained until his 1991 retirement.
Heilemann covered many historical events, including the 1976 national bicentennial celebration, presidential inaugurations, the U.S. visit of Pope John Paul II, the Washington summit with Mikhail Gorbachev and President Reagan, presidential events, and special events in national parks.
His experience as a news photographer and videographer supported the Washington press corps as well as out-of-town media organizations as they covered events on federal parklands, especially in and around the nation’s capital.
Heilemann and his wife, Caroline, retired to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but eventually returned to Virginia and then to Wisconsin. He is survived by three children – Richard (Barbara) Heilemann of Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina; Todd Heilemann of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tami Heilemann of Oak Hill, Virginia – and four grandchildren.
The family is grateful for the thoughtful attention of his hospice-care nurses. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be sent to his hospice provider, Allay Cares, Inc., 13255 W. Bluemond Road, Suite 100, Brookfield, WI 53005.
For more information, contact Tami Heilemann at 703-328-7067 or email@example.com .
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 February 17th.
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 February 12th, the Senate passed by unanimous consent S. 1254 (Nelson, D-FL), a bill to amend the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998, and for other purposes.
On February 12th, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (Boxer) held a hearing on “MAP-21 Reauthorization: The Economic Importance of Maintaining Federal Investments in our Transportation Infrastructure.” The Department was not asked to testify.
New Bills Introduced
The following new bills of interest to the NPS were introduced:
- H.R. 4029 (Smith, R-MO-8), to require the Secretary of the Interior to transfer all Federal land, facilities, and any other assets associated with the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to the State of Missouri for the purposes of maintaining a State park, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4049 (Duffy, R-WI-7), to amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the State of Wisconsin, and for other purposes, to adjust the boundary of that National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4055 (Norton, D-DC-At Large), to establish the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.
- S. 2018 (Barrasso, R-WY), a bill to provide for the use of hand-propelled vessels in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the National Elk Refuge, and for other purposes.
- S. 2031 (Baldwin, D-WI), a bill to amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the State of Wisconsin, and for other purposes, to adjust the boundary of that National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, and for other purposes.
Upcoming Committee Activity
Nothing to report.
For additional information, please visit the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office website at http://www.nps.gov/legal/
[Submitted by Susan Farinelli]
Cabrillo National Monument (CA) GS-0099-5 Student Trainee (Interpretation)
Cabrillo National Monument has issued an announcement for an interpreter. Candidates must be from the Pathways student intern program.
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 February 24th.
GS-0099-5 Pathways Student Trainee (Protection)
Dates: 02/13/2014 - 02/20/2014
Colorado National Monument is seeking a candidate from the NPS Pathways internship program for a student trainee protection ranger position. It closes on February 20th.
Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties and procedures for applying.
For more job or area information, call Mark Davison, chief ranger, at 970-858-3671 x312. For information on applying, call Rebecca Snavley, HR specialist, Denver SHRO, at 303-969-2630.
[Submitted by Rebecca Snavley, HR Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-969-2630] More Information...