Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Yosemite National Park (CA) Missing Hiker Found After Extended Interagency Search
Park dispatch received a report of an overdue hiker in the Foresta area around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23rd.
The hiker, a 60-year-old long-time resident of Foresta, a small community along the western portion of the park that can only be accessed via Highway 120 through the park, left her residence early that morning to hike a portion of the Old Coulterville Road, planning to return later that morning. When she failed to show up, her family reported her missing.
Immediately upon receiving the call, a small hasty team was sent to the location to conduct an initial search of the area. Search teams discovered the woman’s jacket on the side of the trail, but found no other sign of her.
Nighttime temperatures over the weekend hovered near freezing, with daytime temperatures remaining in the mid 50’s, so a full-scale search was launched the following morning when the hiker still had not returned. Search personnel including Yosemite National Park rangers, several dog teams, a California Highway Patrol helicopter out of Fresno, and search and rescue personnel from the Madera, Fresno, Tuolumne, Kern, Merced, and Mariposa County Sheriff’s Offices.
Search efforts continued into the morning hours of Monday, November 25th, with approximately 70 people looking for the missing hiker. At approximately 11 a.m. dispatch received a telephone call from a family member who was searching within the search area, reporting that they’d found the woman about a mile and a half from the trailhead.
Less than a half an hour later, rangers and park medics Ed Visnovske, David Pope and Aaron Smith and SAR crew member Cheyne Lempe arrived on scene and determined that she should be hoisted from the rocky slope on which she was found and transported to a local hospital.
Although the exact cause of the accident remains unclear, her injuries indicate she fell down a cliff, causing her to become immobile. Suspected injuries included a collapsed lung, broken ribs, a contusion to her head, and possible hypothermia.
Matt Stark, Mather subdistrict ranger, served as the incident commander.
[Submitted by Matt Stark, Mather Subdistrict Ranger]
NEWS AND NOTES
Missouri National Recreational River (SD) Missouri NRR Designated National Water Trail
Missouri National Recreational River has been designated as one of the newest additions to the National Water Trail system. Paddlers and boaters will now have the chance to explore wild and scenic stretches of the Missouri River, as well as view scenery that Lewis and Clark recorded in their journals more than 200 years ago.
The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail carries visitors through some of the last natural stretches of America’s longest river. The portion of the National Water Trail that is also part of the national park covers 98 miles of the 147-mile-long stretch of the water trail. These are the 39 mile district from Fort Randall to Running Water, South Dakota, and 59 mile district from just below Gavins Point Dam to Ponca State Park in Nebraska. The rest is either part of Lewis and Clark Lake or is just downriver of the park from Ponca State Park to Sioux City, Iowa.
Park staff are gratified that this stretch of the Missouri River received the designation. “It's a very rigorous, very competitive process. And to be considered, and then to be accepted, is truly an honor for us,” said park biologist Lisa Yager.
Yager grew up beside the river and is familiar with the power and potential of the Missouri River to draw paddlers, nature lovers and history buffs from all over the nation.
“More people are going to be aware that the Missouri National Recreational River is truly of national significance. And the National Water Trail designation opens it up to a whole new wave of recreation that will be coming to South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa to experience this wonderful river.”
National Water Trails are designated by the Secretary of the Interior and are part of the National Trails System, administered by the National Park Service in partnership with a wide range of federal agencies. Designation of national water trails helps to strengthen local efforts for recreation, conservation and restoration of America’s waterways and surrounding lands.
National water trails are the pathways of rivers, lakes and bays, providing a connection for current and future generations to the nature, history and adventure that can be found on the water. Explore the entire National Water Trails System online through a dynamic collection of videos, stories and pictures at www.nps.gov/watertrails . While you’re there, check out the online toolbox to learn more about best management practices from national water trails across the country.
[Submitted by Chris Wilkinson]
Gettysburg National Military Park (PA) Superintendent Bob Kirby To Retire
Secretary Jewell, Director Jarvis, and Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach presented Superintendent Bob Kirby with the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award shortly after the close of the November 19th program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg.
Kirby was honored for his leadership, vision and planning efforts for the 150th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
According to the citation, “Mr. Kirby’s exceptional interpersonal skills and deep understanding of visitor expectations laid the foundations for the three-year planning effort for both the July commemorative events and the November 19 Dedication Day ceremony of the Soldiers' National Cemetery.”
The award commends Kirby for his work with the Gettysburg Civil War 150th steering committee, his vision and vigilant support for Freedom Transit’s key role in providing public transportation during special events, and his devotion to public service.
“His commitment to sharing the meaning of Gettysburg and that of the National Park Service is a stellar example of the meaning of our mission to provide for the enjoyment of present and future generations,” said Reidenbach.
On January 3rd, Kirby will retire from the National Park Service after 40 years of federal service. He has been superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site since March, 2010. He previously served as superintendent of Petersburg National Battlefield and assistant superintendent at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. He also held positions at Lowell National Historical Park, with the Defense Logistics Agency in Utah, with the Department of the Army in West Germany, and at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Kirby has a bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies and a master’s degree in recreation and park management, both from San Francisco State University. He is married to Beth, his wife of 28 years, and has two grown children currently living in California.
[Submitted by Katie Lawhon]
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network (MD) Chesapeake Youth Corps Intern Team Graduates
On November 5th, the Service's Chesapeake Bay Office hosted youth partner organizations for a graduation ceremony and working session for the Chesapeake Youth Corps (CYC).
Three year-round NPS interns and one NPS summer intern completed their first year of service with partners James River Association (Richmond, Virginia), Parks & People Foundation (Baltimore, Maryland), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Annapolis, Maryland), and Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks (Annapolis, Maryland).
In that first year, 2012-2013, interns Georgia Busch, Anne Gilbert, Katherine Berube, and Alex Lloyd developed 14 grant applications and received seven awards, recruited 14 partnership organizations as their hosts, conducted 76 educational events, created 33 educational publications, and helped to coordinate 17 NPS-related summer crew projects. They collectively worked a total of 6,670 hours, excluding overtime, received 318 training hours from youth partners and the NPS, and provided 351 training hours to colleagues and youths.
Innovations in the 2012-2013 season included:
- Intern-hosted “Field Experience” days for host organization staff and fellow interns,
- Development of CYC manuals sharing best practices with all partner organizations,
- Mentors at partner organizations to work with each intern, and
- Capstone projects allowing each intern to develop and manage a unique project.
Mentors reported that work capacity was increased and the partnership was strengthened. At the graduation ceremony, mentors as well as interns were recognized with special award certificates.
The CYC Intern Team is expanding in its second year with five year-round interns. The Anacostia Watershed Society was added to the CYC network and will host intern Paul Ryberg, and the NPS Chesapeake Bay office will host year-round intern Lucy Smith to support the growing network.
At the November 5th graduation ceremony and working session, Kat, Georgia, Paul, Lucy, and Michael Buasen (replacing Anne at Parks & People Foundation) participated with host organizations and NPS staff in the selection of Chesapeake Youth Corps projects for the 2013-2014 season.
With an expanded program, partners and interns anticipate more development this year of universal access to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner national historic trails. Supplemented with environmental education, cultural context on the Chesapeake Bay and recreational activities like paddling, hiking, and camping, more youth participants ages 14 to 21 have opportunities to learn about careers in conservation, and parks and recreation.
[Submitted by Cindy Chance, email@example.com, 410-260-2492] More Information...
Southeast Region Two Selected For Regional Leadership Positions
Southeast Region has filled two regional positions – Darrell Echols has been selected as regional chief of natural resources and David Horne has been named regional chief ranger.
For the past six years, Darrell has served as deputy superintendent for the Outer Banks Group, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh Nationals Historic Site. He has broad experience in managing natural resource programs with over 24 years of service in the NPS.
Darrell’s credibility as a leader and resource steward is well known throughout the Service. His creative problem-solving skills and ability to work with differing stakeholder interests will serve the Southeast Region well.
Prior to his assignment at the Outer Banks, Darrell served as the chief of resource management at Padre Island National Seashore. Darrell has a B.S. in marine biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. His EOD is scheduled for mid-January.
David will oversee law enforcement, emergency services, fire, special park uses and fees. He moves to Southeast Region from Intermountain Region, where for the last four years he’s served as regional branch chief for law enforcement and ranger activities.
David has extensive field experience, with over 20 years of NPS service. He has worked in Yosemite National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Big Bend National Park, and Pinnacles National Monument. David is viewed as an NPS leader in ranger activities and his seasoned experience and outstanding professionalism will add great value to the Southeast Regional Office team.
David has a B.S. from Humboldt State University and holds advanced credentials in law enforcement, emergency services, search and rescue, and firefighting. He will EOD in late January.
Hopewell Culture NHP/Administration
Bonnie Murray To Retire At Month's End
After over 41 years with the National Park Service, Bonnie Murray is retiring on November 30th. She started with the National Park Service at Perry's Victory and then moved to Hopewell Culture NHP as a park ranger and then became the administrative officer for the park. Her expertise and knowledge will be sorely missed. We do know where you live.
[Submitted by Laura Long, Laura_Long@nps.gov, 740-773-1126]
National Capital Region WG-3502-3 Laborer
Dates: 11/26/2013 - 12/26/2013
Rock Creek Park has issued an announcement for a laborer. This position is only open to special appointing authorities and career and careercConditional employees of the National Park Service.
Click on the "More Information" link below for a copy of the announcement. It closes on December 26th.
[Submitted by Gwendolyn Barnett, 202-619-7045] More Information...