Tuesday, March 04, 2014
New River Gorge National River (WV) Rangers Capture Hit And Run Suspect
On Tuesday, February 25th, a 58-year-old man crossed into the oncoming lane of Gatewood Road in Fayette County and hit a utility company truck. He then fled the scene and drove into New River Gorge National River, where he abandoned his badly damaged truck in the driveway of a park neighbor.
The man continued on foot and headed into the extensive trail system around Fayetteville. The park neighbor dialed 911 to report the wrecked truck; this was relayed by a 911 operator to NPS rangers and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.
Rangers began working the trail system and monitoring roads between the last known location and the suspect's house. They intercepted the man near the New River Gorge Bridge and turned him over to the sheriff's office without further incident.
[Submitted by Jeff West, Chief Ranger]
NEWS AND NOTES
Office of Communications Annual Park Visitor Spending Report Released
Boosted by an additional four million visitors in 2012, national parks across the country continued to be important economic engines, generating $26.75 billion in economic activity and supporting 243,000 jobs, according to a peer-reviewed report released yesterday by Secretary Jewell and Director Jarvis.
“National parks like Yellowstone and Gettysburg are places of unimaginable beauty and powerful history that help tell America’s story while connecting us with nature,” said Jewell. “At the same time, our national parks help propel our nation’s economy, drawing hundreds of millions of visitors every year who are the lifeblood of the hotels, restaurants, outfitters, and other local businesses that depend on a vibrant and reliable tourism and outdoor recreation industry supported by our public lands.”
“In 2012, the National Park Service welcomed more than 280 million visitors to their national parks. For nearly 100 years we have helped people discover places to explore, learn from and enjoy,” said Jarvis. “These places of history, culture and natural wonder offer unparalleled experiences and return $10 for every $1 American taxpayers invest in the National Park Service. That’s a successful formula we can all embrace as we prepare for the next 100 years of the National Park Service.”
More than 200,000 of the jobs supported by national parks in 2012 were in local neighboring communities. These range from big parks like the Grand Canyon, which attracted 4.4 million visitors and supported 6,000 jobs, to smaller parks like the Lincoln Boyhood Home, which had 133,000 visitors and supported 93 jobs in local communities.
This 2012 analysis is a revision from previous reports. Many of the hallmarks of the past model are preserved, but the new model makes significant strides in accuracy and transparency of the analysis. Key changes include new software, updated assumptions about the nation’s economy based on 400 different characteristics, and new estimates of spending and visitor trip characteristics.
The figures in the report are based on spending by nearly 283 million visitors in communities near national parks in 2012. An in-depth analysis of the 2012 figures found an increase in local visitor spending and a correlating increase in economic activity and jobs in local communities.
Jewell and Jarvis also announced estimates of the government shutdown’s impacts on national park gateway economies. Overall, the16-day shutdown resulted in 7.88 million fewer national park visitors in October 2013 compared to a three-year average (October 2010-12), and an estimated loss of $414 million in visitor spending in gateway and local communities across the country when comparing October 2013 to a three-year average (October 2010-12). These losses are part of an economic analysis of the shutdown’s effects on parks and neighboring communities that was released today. While the shutdown figures do not affect the 2012 economics report, they will weigh on the 2013 economics report due out later this year.
The annual economic report, with information by park and by state on visitor spending, jobs and other impacts, and the shutdown report are available online at: http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm
According to the 2012 economic analysis, most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).
For more state-by-state information about national parks and how the National Park Service is working with communities go towww.nps.gov/[statename], for example: ttp://www.nps.gov/virginia.
[Submitted by Jeffrey G. Olson, Public Information Officer]
Office of the Comptroller New Computer Based Training Courses Available
The NPS FBMS training team is creating a series of five computer-based training (CBT) courses which cover various elements of FBMS Master Data from an NPS perspective.
Four of these CBTs have been completed and are available in DOI Learn. The newest CBT, “NPS FBMS Master Data: Work Orders,” covers master data elements relevant to work orders in FBMS, the relationship between FMSS and FBMS, and the importance of correct and thorough reporting to work orders in FBMS. The length of time to complete this course is estimated at two-and-a-half hours.
The intended audience for this fourth CBT includes FBMS users in the real property and fleet functional areas as well as budget/finance employees, administrative officers, and facility/fleet managers. Some FBMS roles require this training. Since the course discusses business practices for the property and administrative areas of the NPS, however, all of these individuals are encouraged to take this CBT regardless of whether or not they have FBMS roles. Additionally, any frontline staff that deal directly with work orders in either FMSS or FBMS are encouraged to take this CBT.
The NPS FBMS Training Team will release its final master data CBT on user product codes (UPCs) this spring. As a reminder, CBTs are a perfect training method to use at any time during the year since they do not rely on an instructor or the ability to access the FBMS system. Please contact your NPS FBMS learning management system (LMS) coordinator if you are interested in taking any of the Master Data CBTs.
NPS FBMS LMS coordinators must enroll trainees because of the need for a learning plan in addition to the course. If you have questions or comments about these Master Data CBTs, please send an email to the NPS FBMS training email box (email@example.com).
[Submitted by Ellen Bullock, Ellen_Bullock@nps.gov, 703-487-9085]
Office of the Comptroller Jason Gibson To Lead Business Management Group
Comptroller Bruce Sheaffer has selected Jason Gibson to serve as program lead for the Service’s Business Management Group (BMG).
"Working for the comptroller is no easy task, yet Jason has not only met, but excelled in meeting the challenge,” said Sheaffer. “He brings to the team a wealth of business acumen, derived from nearly ten years of consulting experience, six of those as a management analyst for the NPS. His dedication to the Business Management Group and to the mission of the National Park Service gives me complete confidence that he is ready to lead and inspire this team as they continue to bring sound analysis to bear on myriad complex issues facing the NPS."
Jason joined the BMG as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2007. As a management analyst, Jason has worked with more than twenty parks and programs on business planning and management consulting projects. Since 2011, Jason has managed the national parks business planning internship program, now in its fifteenth year.
Last year, Jason spent three months as a management analyst at Yosemite National Park, helping the park create an updated budget cost projection. In the past year, Jason has managed a business plan project and supported both parks and NPS leadership through several other targeted analysis projects.
The BMG supports the mission of the National Park Service through activities designed to assist park and program managers in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. The BMG develops tools, conducts internal reviews, and provides management consulting services to NPS park units and programs in a variety of subject areas, including cost/benefit analysis, program evaluation, and organizational analysis.
To that end, Jason will oversee BMG operations, including the national parks business plan initiative, the NPS Scorecard, and other special assignments from the comptroller.
“I feel extremely lucky to work with such a great team on projects that contribute directly to the NPS mission,” he says, “Getting to work with parks and programs directly – to understand the challenges they face and develop the data and analysis they need to make sound decisions in a constrained budget environment – makes this an incredibly challenging and rewarding opportunity.”
Jason earned a BBA from the University of Michigan in 2001 and an MPP from Duke University in 2007. In the interim, he worked as a consultant and senior consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s strategy and operations practice. Jason has also worked with the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva and the Department of State’s climate change negotiation office.
Jason lives in DC, where he devotedly follows University of Michigan sports, competes as an amateur triathlete, and enjoys planning his next national park and/or international adventure.
[Submitted by Lindsey Kurnath]
Pacific West Region GS-0025-13/14 Park Manager
Dates: 02/28/2014 - 03/24/2014
An announcement has been issued for a superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park.
The full copy of the announcement can be obtained by clicking on the "More Information" link below. Further inquiries may be directed to Deputy Regional Director Martha Lee via email or phone.
This announcement closes March 24th.
[Submitted by Martha Lee, Martha_Lee@nps.gov, 415-623-2106] More Information...
Pinnacles National Park (CA) GS-0025-12 Chief Ranger
Pinnacles has extended the closing date for its announcement for a chief ranger to March 11th.
Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.
Inquiries can be directed to Superintendent Karen Beppler-Dorn at (831)389-4486, ext. 233 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Human Resources Assistant Lori Frusetta at (831)389-4486, ext. 227.