Thursday, March 06, 2014
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (OH) Barn On Park Land Burns To Ground
On Tuesday, March 4th, the large barn associated with the Spicy Lamb Farm on Akron-Peninsula Road burned to the ground. Three local fire departments responded to the fire, which was discovered around 6 p.m.
There were no personal injuries. Most of the animals were able to escape to safety, but there were some animal losses, including rabbits, chickens, and sheep. The dogs were freed by the quick action of first responders. Rangers made arrangements for one of the sheep dogs to be taken to a veterinarian. The dog suffered significant burns but is expected to make a full recovery.
Rangers secured the scene throughout the night. The fire is being investigated through the Valley Fire District, with the park participating in the investigation. It may have been caused by a heat lamp used to keep lambs that were born that day warm.
The Spicy Lamb Farm, which is on park-owned property, focuses on sheep, grazing services, and education. It is one of 11 farms in the park that are part of a special program called the Countryside Initiative.
Ranger Lois Neff was IC.
[Submitted by Chris Ryan, Chief Ranger]
Everglades National Park (FL) Kansas Murder Suspect Arrested In Park
Ranger Steve Mullett contacted a woman sleeping on the backseat of her vehicle in the Ernest Coe Visitor Center parking lot on the night of Saturday, January 25th. While approaching the vehicle, Mullett saw an axe lying on the floorboard within her reach.
The woman, who provided a Kansas driver’s license, was run through NCIC. She was reported as a missing person and as a person of interest in a homicide and was also to be considered armed and dangerous.
Dispatch confirmed that she was wanted in Lawrence, Kansas, for a murder in Douglas County. She was accordingly placed under arrest. Numerous weapons were discovered during a search of the vehicle.
[Submitted by Mike Michener, Chief Ranger]
NEWS AND NOTES
Office of Communications National Park Week 2014 Set For April
National Park Week this year will take place from Saturday, April 19th, to Sunday, April 27th. This year, the Service is inviting employees, partners and fans to “Go Wild!” for all aspects of America’s national parks - Go Wild for history, Go Wild for nature, Go Wild for trails.
Please check out the Office of Communications National Park Week planning page on InsideNPS for more information and templates.
With the “Go Wild!” theme in mind, your photos of NPS fans “going wild” for parks are needed. The goal is to get at least one photo from every state (including Washington D.C. and territories with parks) showing someone going wild for national parks. These images will be used for internal and external National Park Week promotions.
If you have photos that would work, post them on your website and tag them “National Park Week” in CMS.
If you need information about how to add photos to the CMS, see the Photo Gallery Element instructions on the Web Community site. National programs that are not yet in the CMS can enter photos and videos into the system at http://nricms.nps.doi.net/siteadmin/promos/login.cfm. Login with your Active Directory username and password.
If you have questions about National Park Week, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Submitted by Suki Baz]
White Sands National Monument (NM) Klondike Derby Returns To White Sands
The sun shone through beautifully clear skies on February 22nd as a line of cars began filing into White Sands National Monument. Cub Scouts and their families from all over southern New Mexico and the El Paso, Texas, area were coming to participate in the Klondike Derby, an annual scouting event geared towards the younger members of the Boys Scouts of America.
The Klondike Derby has been held on the last Saturday in February every year since 1994. It’s designed to give Cub Scouts in first through fifth grades an experience of self-reliance and problem solving in a unique environment—and White Sands certainly provides that.
One might wonder, however, exactly why anyone would have a Klondike derby—a name which suggests a need for snow—in a dunefield. It’s because the sand mimics snow so well that it provides an excellent place for the younger boys to practice their cold-weather survival skills without actually dealing with cold weather.
Nathaniel Jones, the chairman of the Cub Scout Klondike Committee, who has been in charge of the event for the last two years, stated that “all of the events are presented as if they were in the snow in the Klondike of the Alaska and Yukon regions.”
The sheer number of people swarming over the dunes, setting up their stations and preparing for the day’s events was amazing. There were a thousand participants in total and about half of those were the Cub Scouts themselves, ranging ranged in age from seven to eleven years old. The rest of the throng consisted of parents, other family members, and scout leaders. The boys were grouped into three categories: Tigers (age 7), Wolves and Bears (ages 8 and 9), and Webelos (ages 10 and 11).
The boys and their parents worked together to get through 21 challenging obstacle courses and competitions. As one might guess, these competitions are all snow and Klondike themed. At one station, Tiger Scouts were preparing for a three-legged snowshoe race. At another, Wolf and Bear Scouts prepared to brave the blizzard, a zigzag course that required them to follow a guide rope while blindfolded. The older boys participated in activities that included the “Great Snow Trek,” an obstacle course that required dodging, crawling, balancing and jumping. By the time the awards were given out at the end, the boys and their families were exhausted.
With the current trend being that children spend much of their time indoors playing video games or watching television, it was great to see so many young people and their families out and enjoying one of nature’s many wonders.
White Sands National Monument was thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event.
[Submitted by Tara Cuvelier]
Brown V Board Of Education National Historic Site (KS) Youth Council Provides Feedback To Park
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site's first Youth Leadership Advisory Council, made up of local high school students, is actively engaged in helping the park chart out a course to success in reaching new audiences.
Following up on Director Jarvis' Call to Action, the park has looked for new ways to engage local youth in the future of their national parks. Recent demographic research shows that the majority of park visitors tend to be older and less economically, ethnically, and racially diverse than America's population is at large. To confront that, many parks have formed youth councils to help provide direction on how the NPS can best meet the needs of America's next generation.
The Youth Leadership Advisory Council has been providing park staff with crucial feedback on the effectiveness of park programs and exhibits. They are also helping to plan and design an event to help commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Ranger Joan Wilson has taken the lead in engaging with the council.
[Submitted by Justin Sochacki, BRVB_Interp_Ranger@nps.gov, 785-354-4273]
Southeast Region GS-0340-15 Deputy Regional Director
Southeast Region has issued an announcement for a deputy regional director for its Appalachian-Piedmont Cluster.
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 26th.
Pacific West Region
GS-0025-13/14 Park Manager
Dates: 03/05/2014 - 03/25/2014
An announcement has been issued for a superintendent for San Francisco Maritime National Historical 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 25th.
[Submitted by Martha Lee, Martha_Lee@nps.gov, 415-623-2106] More Information...
Pacific West Region WG-5409-8 Water Treatment Plant Operator
Dates: 03/04/2014 - 03/13/2014
Whiskeytown NRA has an opening for a water treatment plant operator. Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement. It closes on March 13th.
[Submitted by John Arroyo, John_Arroyo@nps.gov, 503.242.3422] More Information...
Acadia National Park (ME) GS-1101-11/12 Concessions Management Specialist (Detail)
Acadia is seeking candidates for a detail of up to 120 days as the park’s concessions management specialist. The detail will begin within two pay periods of the date of selection.
The person selected will oversee four concession contracts:
- Two Category III contracts for narrated bus tours that begin and end outside the park with gross receipts of approximately $250K and $500K.
- One Category II contract for narrated horse-drawn carriage tours, overnight stabling, an equestrian campground, and day use parking with a gross of about $500K.
- One Category II contract that provides full service, upscale casual dining, three gift shops and an employee dormitory with gross receipts exceed $5M. The concessioner has been selected and the contract is now under the 60-day review by Congress, as a bid protest has been filed by the current concessioner.
There is a park commercial use program manager who handles all CUAs. CUAs represent a wide range of businesses at several locations, but the main service provided under CUAs is motor coaches.
The person selected may be required to wear the prescribed NPS Class A uniform. She/he may be subject to changes of lieu days and may be required to work weekends, overtime and holidays. Travel expenses will be paid. Park housing will be available. During this detail, salary will be paid by Acadia National Park.
Applicants will be evaluated on:
- Experience handling multiple contracts at the category 3 and 2 level.
- Experience coordinating work with various park divisions.
- Experience launching a new concessionaire providing dining and retail sale services.
In order to apply, applicants should submit their OF-612 or resume, a copy of latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and responses to the above three evaluation criteria by March 7th to Acadia National Park, PO Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Attn: Kevin Langley. Application information may also be emailed: ( email@example.com).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kevin Langley, the park’s administrative officer, at 207-288-8710.