The Morning Report

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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INCIDENTS



New River Gorge National River (WV)
Employee Injured In Rollover Accident

A park maintenance heavy equipment operator was driving a service truck in a remote part of the park yesterday afternoon when it rolled over while he was descending a steep section of road that was muddy from recent rains.

The employee was able to radio for help. NPS rangers and a maintenance supervisor began responding to the remote location just after  2 p.m. The injured man’s partner was able to quickly locate him and rendered aid until other units arrived. Responding rangers called for local EMS and rescue units to respond as well.

The emergency medical evaluation indicated a back injury. He was stabilized in a KED, placed on a backboard, and carried up the steep hill in a Stokes basket. He was then transferred to a waiting ambulance, taken to a Health Net Life Flight helicopter, and flown to a Level 1 trauma center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he is currently being evaluated.

The injured man is in good spirits and being well cared for. The family was notified prior to air evacuation and the injured man’s wife and a close family friend drove to the hospital. At the time of the report yesterday evening, an NPS maintenance supervisor was on scene at the hospital with the injured man; another NPS maintenance supervisor was driving to Charleston with OWCP paperwork.

The F-250 service truck is a total loss. There was a 40 to 45 gallon off-road diesel spill and a one gallon anti-freeze spill. Resource management personnel were notified and responded; the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection was also notified. A spill kit was deployed for initial stabilization of the spill. During the cleanup operation, a heavy rainstorm passed through the area.

Rangers are investigating the accident.

[Submitted by Jeff West, Chief Ranger]


Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO)
Staff Respond To Flash Flooding

Over six inches of torrential rain fell on a small concentrated area of the Current River watershed on the afternoon of Sunday, June 29th. 

At 3:30 p.m., the Carter County Sheriff’s Department requested emergency assistance to rescue threated and trapped residents in the Fremont, Missouri, area (population approximately 125) from flash flooding. Park staff responded with a Type 4 incident commander, eight rangers, and four park boats. 

Several dozen rescues were performed as the flash flood waters passed through the rural town west of the park. At 6:30 p.m., the flash flood waters moved from the tributaries into the main channel of the Current River above the town of Van Buren, Missouri, and caused extensive localized flooding. The Big Spring Campground was evacuated, but no water affected the campground facilities.  Multiple rescues were performed in Carter County until midnight. 

On June 30th, the waters receded and Big Spring Campground reopened at 9 a.m. Two  unaccounted for families were located and rescued at 10:30 a.m.

The Lower Current River remains closed from Paint Rock to the southern park boundary due to flood waters. State Highway M in Carter County is closed beyond Mill Creek due to road damage caused by the flooding. This impacts travel to the Waymeyer River Access. 

The park is working closely with MODOT to get the road repaired and reopened by the July 4th weekend.

[Submitted by Faye Walmsley, PIO]


Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
Two Saved Through Effective EMS Responses

It is rare to have a successful outcome to a medical incident requiring CPR and the use of an AED, but to have two such rescues in two days is highly unusual. Golden Gate park rangers had just that happen earlier this month.

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 8th, lifeguards on busy Stinson Beach in Marin County responded to the report of an unconscious 70-year-old woman on the beach. A lifeguard called Stinson Beach Fire Department for assistance and headed to the scene. When he arrived, he found two off-duty Marin County Fire Department paramedics providing CPR.

Park lifeguards arrived on scene and transferred the needed equipment, including an AED, to the paramedics. NPS rangers soon joined them and assisted with crowd control and setting up a helicopter landing zone. One took over chest compressions for one of the paramedics just before the AED advised to provide a shock. The woman’s pulse returned after the AED administered one shock, and she was transferred to a medevac helicopter and flown to Doctor's Hospital in San Pablo. At last report, she was awake and speaking to doctors. It’s expected that she will recover from this incident.

Then, on Monday, June 9th, rangers responded to the Point Bonita YMCA to a report of a 46-year-old woman who was unconscious and not breathing. She was visiting Point Bonita Lighthouse with her husband when she slumped over in their vehicle and stopped breathing.

YMCA staff called 911, attached an AED, and initiated “hands-only” CPR. Rangers arrived on scene and took over CPR. In addition to being in cardiac arrest, she had severe hemorrhaging from the mouth which complicated CPR efforts. During CPR, the AED advised and delivered five shocks. By the time Southern Marin Fire Department paramedics arrived on scene, she had regained a pulse. The woman was transported to Marin General Hospital, where she was admitted to the ICU. Doctors expected her to recover.

[Submitted by Alexandra Picavet, Public Affairs Specialist]


Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Search In Progress For Man Missing In River

On the afternoon of Friday, June 27th, the park received a satellite phone call from a commercial river trip reporting a missing passenger at Havasu Rapids.

Victor Tseng of Phoenix reportedly fell from a ledge into the river in mid-afternoon. Tseng was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time and was last seen by members of his party below Havasu Rapids.

Searches have been conducted by air and boat, but no sign of Tseng has so far been found.

[Submitted by Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, Public Affairs Officer]


NEWS AND NOTES



Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (GA)
Battle Of Kennesaw Mountain Commemorated

Over the four-day period from June 26th to June 29th, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain with ceremonies, interpretive programs and living history demonstrations.

On June 27, 1864, Union General William T. Sherman attacked Confederates under Joseph Johnston who were strongly entrenched along Kennesaw Mountain, the last natural obstacle between Sherman’s army and the strategic rail hub of Atlanta.

Although the Union attack was repulsed, the Confederates were forced to pull back from their position at Kennesaw Mountain.  This allowed Sherman to capture Atlanta by the end of the summer, a strategic victory that contributed to the election of Abraham Lincoln two months later.

After the commemoration kicked off with an opening ceremony on Thursday evening, the park held a three-day living history and anniversary weekend. More than 150 living history volunteers, representing civilians, medical officers, and Union and Confederate infantry and artillery, provided demonstrations at four venues around the park.

Other programs included children’s activities, featuring a 150th anniversary Junior Ranger program and badge; “real-time” anniversary hikes, allowing visitors to follow the events of the battle in the time and place they occurred; a reading of the names of the more than 3,000 casualties of the battle; and a variety of musical performances.

On Saturday evening, the park rededicated the Illinois Monument following an extensive renovation by the Historic Preservation Training Center. The event, occurring on the centennial of the monument’s 1914 dedication, was marked by a wreath laying, remarks, music from the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, and the lighting of over 3,100 luminaria in honor of the fallen from the battle.

The planning and execution of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was under the direction of the NPS Eastern Incident Management Team, with Jim King (SERO) as the incident commander.  Among the many agencies that provided assistance for the event were the Cobb County Police Department, Georgia State Defense Force, Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Marietta Fire Department. 

More than 100 NPS personnel assisted with the event – 17 from Kennesaw Mountain, 34 from the Atlanta metropolitan area, and 50 from elsewhere.

[Submitted by Mike Litterst, Information Officer]


Intermountain Region
75th Anniversary Of Old Santa Fe Building To Be Held Today

Seventy-five years ago this summer, in the depths of the Great Depression, hundreds of young Civilian Conservation Corps workers completed the largest adobe office building in the United States in the heart of  old Santa Fe.

On Tuesday, July 1st, the National Park Service, caretaker and original occupant of the Old Santa Fe Trail Building, marks this milestone with an open house.

The celebration begins at 3:00 p.m. with a program of brief speeches hosted by Sue Masica, regional director for Intermountain Region, which includes New Mexico and its 13 parks and monuments. A public open house will follow until 6:00 p.m., including music, light refreshments and self-guided tours of parts of the historic, 24,000-square-foot adobe structure.

“We look forward to celebrating with our New Mexico neighbors this milestone for the building where our Park Service colleagues in Santa Fe are privileged to work,” Masica said. “The Old Santa Fe Trail Building is a beloved architectural gem, and we are proud to be its stewards for the American people.”

Considered a masterpiece of Spanish-Pueblo Revival architecture, the Old Santa Fe Trail Building is home to an outstanding collection of regional art – significant examples of Pueblo pottery, Navajo rugs, and paintings and etchings by members of the renowned Santa Fe art colony of the 1930s. It also contains historic original furniture, fixtures and other furnishings fabricated by the CCC and Works Progress Administration (WPA) at the time of construction.

The building’s origins were simple and necessary. The expansion and reorganization of the two-decade-old National Park System in the 1930s created the need for a central administrative office for a new Southwest Region. The building served six decades as regional headquarters. In 1987, it was named a National Historic Landmark, the nation’s highest historical designation.

After the National Park Service was reorganized in 1995, the Southwest Region was integrated into the new Intermountain Region, based in Denver, and the Old Santa Fe Trail Building became part of the region’s administrative offices. About 70 NPS employees work there in human and cultural resources, facilities management, contracting, budgeting and fire protection in support of Intermountain Region, which includes 90 national park sites. The building also is regional headquarters for the NPS National Trails System, which includes the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

In conjunction with the NPS Santa Fe event team, artist Tyler Nordgren has designed an anniversary poster in the style of the historic WPA Federal Art Project. Between 1938 and 1941, the project produced iconic posters of 14 national parks. Nordgren has worked with the Park Service over the past decade to promote astronomy education in the national parks with a series of more than 30 national park astronomy posters in the same WPA-art style.

For additional information contact Tammy Gallegos, 505-988-6085 phone, tammy_gallegos@nps.gov

[Submitted by Judy Chetwin, PIO]


Director/Deputy Directors
Tim Reid Selected As Albright Fellow

Tim Reid has been selected as the National Park Service’s 2014 Albright Fellow.  As Albright Fellow, he will work out of the office of the deputy director, performing a variety of special projects and assignments during this six month developmental detail.

Tim comes to the position from Yellowstone National Park, where he has been chief ranger since 2009. Prior to Yellowstone, Tim worked at Badlands, Pinnacles, Theodore Roosevelt, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks in visitor and resource protection and resource management positions. He also worked as a refuge officer for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  

Tim is active in the all hazard and wildland fire arenas as a Type 2 incident commander. He attended undergraduate and graduate school at Oklahoma State University in wildlife biology and environmental education and has completed the executive leadership program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument (ID)
United States And Kenya Join In Sister Park Agreement

On June 27th, officials from the NPS and Kenya’s Wildlife Service and National Museums of Kenya signed a sister park agreement between Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument and Sibiloi National Park and the National Museums of Kenya to promote international cooperation and collaboration. 

This is the first time the National Park Service has established a sister park agreement with an African nation.  

The signing ceremony took place during the Smithsonian Museum’s annual Folklife Festival, which is highlighting the country of Kenya this year. 

National Park Service Deputy Director Christy Goldfuss and Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument Superintendent Judy Geniac joined Kenyan Ambassador Jean Kamau, Deputy Director for Strategy and Change Edwin Wanyonyi from the Kenya Wildlife Service and Dr. Ahmed Yassinof of the National Museums of Kenya for the signing ceremony.  Scott Miller, Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support for the Smithsonian, moderated the event.

“These two sites have significant fossils, history, and current-day resources,” said Geniac.  “Research in both locations is helping the world to understanding past climate fluctuations and species’ responses, something that may help us address the world’s future.”

“We are happy to be associated with U.S. National Park Service for this historic signing of the sister parks relationship between Sibiloi National and Hagerman,” said Wanyonyi. “The sister parks agreement we are signing today will go a long way in strengthening relationships between Kenya Wildlife Service and US National  Parks Service and reaffirms our commitment to conserve the last great species and places for posterity.”

The five year agreement between the sister parks will increase information sharing and direct park-to-park contacts to address issues the parks share in common. Both parks are known for their important terrestrial paleontological localities and have produced fossils that represent a large diversity of species.

The agreement resulted from a Kenyan delegation’s visit to the 2013 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) wanted to observe and learn what was expected from focus countries. While in Washington, KWS met with staff from the NPS Office of International Affairs to discuss possible collaborative ventures. Establishing a sister park was suggested as a simple way to get the two agencies working together. Following their visit, OIA was contacted by Hagerman Fossil Beds, which expressed an interest in partnering with Sibiloi National Park. 

The parks will exchange technical and professional knowledge, collaborate, and share experiences.  Shared information may include best practices and advancements in park management, customer service, conservation, data collection techniques, and tourism development.  Initially, information exchanges will occur through the use of email, fax, and the Internet. With special arrangements, future staff exchanges may be possible.

Hagerman Fossil Beds, located in the Hagerman Valley of south central Idaho, is a site of one of the world’s richest fossil deposits.  Assemblages date from the early to middle Pliocene epoch.  It is best known for its preservation of several hundred individuals of Equus simplicidens, which is the earliest example of the modern horse genus. Over 60,000 specimens are housed in collection facilities on-site with additional specimens at museums across the United States and around the world. 

Sibiloi National Park is on the northeastern shore of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, approximately 800 kilometers from the capital city of Nairobi. The fossiliferous Koobi Fora region contains sites of paleontological and paleoanthropological significance with over ten thousand fossils, including hominin fossils, recovered.

For more information on Hagerman Fossil Beds, go to http://www.nps.gov/hafo/index.htm

For more information on Sibiloi National Park, go to http://www.sibiloi.com/

[Submitted by Judy Geniac, Superintendent]


North Cascades National Park (WA)
Retired Ranger Bill Fitzpatrick Killed In Plane Crash

Bill Fitzpatrick, retired NPS ranger and former district ranger at Stehekin in North Cascades, died in a plane crash in Africa early last week.

An intensive search was launched on June 23rd when Fitzpatrick, who was flying a Cessna 172 for African Parks, an NGO that helps manage parks in Africa, failed to arrive as scheduled in Doula, the capital of Cameroon, after taking off from Kano in Nigeria late that afternoon.

Cameroon and US authorities, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, were all involved in the search. The plane was eventually found; Fitzpatrick did not survive the crash.

For additional information, go to the “More Information” link below and see the updates on the search on the left side of the page. They were not current at the time of this report, but do provide further details.
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Women's Rights National Historical Park (NY)
House Minority Leader And Congresswomen Visit Women's Rights

On June 1st, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswomen Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Martha Robertson, candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional District seat,  visited Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the site of the First Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848.

Recognizing the importance of this event to the women’s rights movement in the United States, the Congresswomen chose Seneca Falls to kick off their “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” national tour.

The group toured the park visitor center exhibit and then traveled by bus to the nearby home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They were accompanied by Superintendent Ami Ghazala and Chief of Interpretation and Education Kimberly Szewczyk.

Szewczyk pointed out the Stanton house and recounted  Stanton’s life in Seneca Falls as the group peered out the windows and discussed with staff and each other the similarities of the choices that women faced then and now.

Congresswoman Pelosi previously visited the Park in 2000 and during the 150th anniversary of the convention in 1998 when she signed the rededicated Declaration of Sentiments.

[Submitted by John Stoudt, john_stoudt@nps.gov, 315.568.2991]

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



San Juan Island National Historical Park (WA)
GS-0341-9 Administrative Officer (Lateral)

San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington state is looking for someone interested in a lateral transfer to an administrative officer position.  

The park’s administrative officer manages budget, human resources, acquisition and property and performs an array of administrative services to support park staff.

San Juan Island NHP has nine permanent and six seasonal employees and an annual base operating budget of $982,500. The park consists of 2300 acres of historic landscapes, shoreline, forest and trails on a small island north of Seattle.  The start date would be in mid-August.

Applications are due by July 11th.

For more information, contact Superintendent Lee Taylor 360-378-2240 x 2223 or Administrative Officer Marin Karraker at 360-378-2240 x 2221.  

Denver Service Center
GS-1105-7/8 Purchasing Agent

Denver Service Center has issued an announcement for two purchasing agents.  The announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens.

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 7th.
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Glacier National Park
WG-4206-9 Plumber

Glacier National Park has issued merit promotion and all source announcements for a plumber.

Click on the links below for copies of the announcements with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

Both close on July 3rd.

Pinnacles National Park (CA)
WG-4749-8/9 Maintenance Mechanic

Pinnacles National Park is currently recruiting for a maintenance mechanic. The closing dates for both announcements have been extended to next Monday.

This is a full-time, permanent position. A current and valid Class A license is required. Government housing is not available.

Both close on July 7th.