The Morning Report

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Missing Hiker Found By Searchers

On the morning of Monday, July 28th, the park received a call advising that a 56-year-old Illinois man was overdue from a climb of Longs Peak.

He’d planned on summiting the peak on the east side on Sunday. Around 4:30 p.m., he called his family and told them that he’d be late getting back to the trailhead. When he failed to show up or call again, they contacted the park.

Members of the park’s search and rescue team began looking for him on Monday morning, retracing what they assumed was his intended route. Just before noon, the man called his family; he said that he was okay, but that he’d had to spend the night on the peak due to severe weather and nightfall. He then resumed his descent in heavy fog in the morning and became lost. He also reported that he might be on Mount Meeker.

A helicopter was brought in to assist in the search and spotted the man below Peacock Pool in the Roaring Fork drainage late in the afternoon. Rangers were nearby and reached him 15 minutes later. He declined medical evaluation and evacuation by helicopter, saying that he wanted to hike out on his own. Ranger led him back to the trail and gave him directions to the trailhead.

[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]


Ocmulgee National Monument (GA)
Ocmulgee Commemorates Battle Of Dunlap Farm

On July 26th, Ocmulgee National Monument commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Dunlap Farm with interpretive programs and living history demonstrations.  This was the first time in the park’s 77-year history that the Civil War battle has been commemorated with a living history program.

On July 30, 1864, Union Major General George Stoneman with over 2,000 men attacked the city of Macon, Georgia, which was a vital supply center for the Confederate army.  Stoneman planned to release Union officers imprisoned at Macon’s Camp Oglethorpe, then move on to Andersonville prison. 

The Confederate army, lead by Major General Howell Cobb, placed 2,000 men in a defensive line between Stoneman’s men and the city. Stoneman failed in his attempt to take the city and retreated from Macon. Macon continued to remain in Confederate control until the end of the war.

During the living history event, artillery was fired for the first time in the 150 years since the war. There were 40 living history volunteers representing civilians, Confederate infantry, Union artillery, Union cavalry, and Georgia militia.

The event was attended by about 800 visitors. Twenty-five volunteers and NPS personnel from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, Stones River National Battlefield, and Timucuan Preserve assisted with the event.

[Submitted by Angela Bates]

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Women's Rights National Historical Park (NY)
Park Hosts First Annual Convention Paddle

On Sunday, July 20th, Women’s Rights National Historical Park held its first annual Convention Paddle as part of the Convention Days 2014 celebration commemorating the first Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848.

National Park Service rangers, avid kayakers, members of Women on Water, and local outdoor enthusiasts paddled through history along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal through New York’s scenic Finger Lakes Region.

The paddle kicked off with a briefing at the Seneca Falls Community Center boat launch by Chief of Interpretation and Education Kimberly Szewczyk. Along the way the group learned about the events that led to the First Women’s Rights Convention, the effects of the New York State canal system on economic growth, and the many social movements, including women’s rights and abolitionism, within the United States.

The kayakers also enjoyed the natural beauty of central New York with sightings of osprey and blue heron, as well as discussions of invasive species within the canal system, and experienced the 49-foot drop as they locked through Canal Locks 2 & 3 of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

The paddle ended with a wine and cheese tasting at the Gould Hotel for the kayakers.

The Convention Paddle was the first one completed under Call to Action #12 “Follow the Flow” and will play a valuable role in fostering an understanding of the importance, significance, and history of the region’s water trails.

[Submitted by Patrick Stenshorn,, 315-568-0024]

California National Historic Trail (CA,CO,KS,MO,NB,NV,OR,UT,WY)
New County Park Opens Along Trail In Wyoming

The Lander Trail New Fork River Crossing Historical Park opened to the public with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21st.

On the following day, National Park Service staff hosted a development concept plan charette for phase II park planning at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Through an unprecedented agreement, the Sublette County Historical Society purchased 82 acres of private property to create the park, using funds from Shell, Ultra Resources, Inc., and PacificCorp. The funds—a stipulation of the corporations’ use agreement on Bureau of Land Management property—helped  mitigate impacts to the setting of the Lander Trail segment of the California National Historic Trail through the Pinedale Anticline gas field in western Wyoming. The historical society purchased an additional 22 acres using private donations.

Sublette County Historical Society developed the park with the support of more than 20 federal, state, local, non-profit, corporate, and private organizations. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience a river setting much as emigrants encountered 150 years ago. The park features nine interpretive exhibits along a one-mile rustic nature trail focusing on the daily lives of the emigrants in their own words.

For more information on the park, go to

[Submitted by Kimberly Finch,, 801-741-1012 x 121]

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North Cascades National Park (WA)
Chief Ranger Kinsey Shilling Announces Retirement

After nearly thirty years of dedicated service to the National Park Service, Kinsey Shilling, the chief ranger at North Cascades, is retiring on July 31st.

Kinsey started out his National Park Service career as a seasonal lifeguard at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and as a seasonal climbing ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. He became permanent at Colonial National Historical Park as a dispatcher and entrance station attendant before working as an interpretive ranger there for two years. 

Kinsey then transferred to New River Gorge National River, where he became the Thurmond Subdistrict Ranger and was awarded the Department of Interior’s valor award for his actions during a river rescue.

After serving as district ranger at Curecanti National Recreation Area and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Kinsey became chief ranger at Ozark National Scenic Riverways before transferring to North Cascades National Park.

Aside from the special places he and his family were able to call home, Kinsey was most impressed by the high quality of people drawn to the National Park Service and is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them. 

Kinsey plans to remain in the northwest and can be reached at

[Submitted by Karen Taylor-Goodrich, Superintendent]


Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
GS-0341-13 Administrative Officer

Golden Gate National Recreation Area has issued an announcement for an administrative officer.

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 August 20th.
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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (GA)
GS-0090-3 Park Guide (Detail)

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is seeking candidates for a detail as a GS-3 park guide. The detail will begin at the earliest date possible and may be for up to 60 days.

The detailee will perform a wide range of interpretive duties for the park, including working the visitor center desk, greeting visitors, leading tours for educational groups and other park visitors, and giving demonstrations at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

The park will pay for all travel costs.

Interested persons should contact Steve Theus at 229-824-4104 ext. 42 or

Applicants should send Steve a one-page resume and a note from their superintendent approving the detail. Submissions are due by August 8th.