The Morning Report

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
Injured Solo Climber Rescued From Butte

On the morning of April 5th, the park received a 911 phone call reporting that a man had fallen about 30 feet while solo climbing Gregory Butte and that he was hanging about 600 feet above Lake Powell.

The climber's camming anchor saved him from falling further. Because of injuries sustained in the fall, he was unable to move from his location.

A technical rescue was conducted by rangers Matt Werner and Kean Mihata, assisted by personnel from Kane County Search and Rescue, the Utah Highway Patrol, and Classic Lifeguard and Guardian Air helicopters.

He was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he is being treated for head injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Ranger Chris Schreck was IC for the incident.

[Submitted by Denise Shultz, Public Affairs Officer]

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Body Of Missing Man Found In Park

The body of a Pennsylvania man was found near Lake Lenape around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3rd.

Thomas Stewart, 51, had been missing for over a week. He was last seen exiting his vehicle at Resort Point Overlook on Route 611 on Tuesday, March 25th. 

The park’s search and rescue team began a search of the area around Resort Point and Mount Minsi on Friday, March 28th, and continued through the weekend with assistance from the New Jersey State Park Police, New Jersey Search and Rescue, and canine teams from Ramapo Rescue Dog Association. A New Jersey State Police helicopter also assisted. 

Search efforts yielded no leads and were hampered by weather conditions. The search was called off on Monday, March 31st, but NPS rangers continued to investigate Stewart’s disappearance. 

Stewart’s body was discovered by a visitor who was hiking in the Lake Lenape area. He’d evidently fallen face down into a creek. The coroner has ruled that his death was accidental, a result of drowning and hypothermia.

[Submitted by Kathleen Sandt, Public Affairs Officer]


Department of the Interior
Park Poster Exhibition Opens At Interior Museum

From 1938 to 1941, the National Park Service employed artists via the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to produce silk screened promotional posters for national park sites. The artists worked out of the NPS Western Museum Laboratories in Berkeley, California, and the 14 designs they created were well received.

With the onset of World War II, however, production ceased and the posters were lost to history until the early 1970s, when a seasonal park ranger named Doug Leen happened upon an original at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Fascinated with the artwork and the story behind it, Leen set out to learn more.

Just over 40 of these exceedingly rare national park posters have since resurfaced and are in NPS archives, the Library of Congress, and private collectors. Through the course of two decades and extensive research, Leen and his company, Ranger Doug’s Enterprises, have not only painstakingly reproduced the 14 original WPA designs, but have also – working in collaboration with individual parks – created  and screen printed more than 25 new designs “in the style of” the WPA artists.

The iconic prints sustain a rich artistic tradition and resonate with park and vintage graphics enthusiasts worldwide.

The Department of the Interior Museum has united for the first time six WPA originals and a full complement of Leen’s contemporary editions for this visually stunning retrospective. Featured are nearly 50 classic posters associated with 36 national parks, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the Interior Museum.

The exhibit, entitled “POSTERity,” will be on view to the public from April 8th through spring 2015. The Interior Museum is located inside the U.S. Department of the Interior at 1849 C Street, NW. in Washington, DC. Museum hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but building access requires visitors to present a photo ID and pass through a security checkpoint. 

For more information, go to or call 202-208-4743.

[Submitted by Tracy Baetz, Curator, Department of the Interior Museum]

Missouri National Recreational River (SD)
Park’s New Mobile Ranger Station Ready To Roll

On Tuesday, March 18th, elementary school students from Menno School in rural southeastern South Dakota spilled outside and were met with quite the surprise. Standing before them was the Missouri National Recreational River’s new Mobile Ranger Station.

This “visitor’s center on wheels” introduced the students to the park that protects one of the last free flowing stretches of the Missouri River.

The Mobile Ranger Station literally brings the park to the people. Without any visitor facilities, the park has faced challenges with connecting with visitors. The brainchild of Ranger Dugan Smith, the Mobile Ranger Station developed from a concerted park effort to meet visitors all along the river corridor.

“This is a real game changer for the park,” says Smith, who has spent twelve years connecting people with the park. “We are no longer asking visitors to come to us; instead, we are taking a giant step forward out into the community.

“The mobile ranger station is both an affirmation and a revelation. An affirmation of everything the park stands for today – public outreach, community involvement, and a focus on future generations. And by the same token a revelation that this wild and scenic river is truly one of our nation’s great natural wonders.”

The exterior of the Mobile Ranger Station is covered with a graphic wrap that contains strikingly scenic images of Bow Creek Recreation Area and an aerial shot of the mighty Missouri near Goat Island. There is also a colorful map of both park districts.

The back door to the trailer contains an invitation transmitted via both words and image to “Come Explore a National Park Near You!” Passers-by or those waiting in traffic will become aware of this wild and scenic river awaiting discovery.

The interior contains interpretive display panels, interactive exhibits and multimedia programs that allowed the students to get a more intimate look at the park. They learn how this mighty river has sculpted not only the landscape, but also the lives of those who have fallen under the spell of its shimmering waters.

The park has made an all-out effort to get the Mobile Ranger Station to as many special events, schools, and festivals as possible. The mobile unit is already strongly in demand.

“We had an article on Ranger Smith’s construction of the Mobile Ranger Station in the Norfolk, Nebraska, newspaper,” said Chris Wilkinson, the park’s chief of interpretation. “From that article we were able to schedule five different summer festivals in rural Nebraska towns that want to visit the mobile unit and learn more about the park. This is just the beginning of many great partnerships to come.”

Support and development ideas for the unit were spearheaded by the park’s interpretive division with major encouragement and assistance from the park’s superintendent, Steve Mietz (now the superintendent at Great Basin National Park), park biologists Lisa Yager and Brian Korman, hydrologist John Macy, and administrative staff Laurie Wise and Heidi Enge.

Midwest Regional Office was instrumental in providing assistance and funding for the unit. The park would like to thank Kevin Kohlhapp, Roberta Wendell and Kelly Anderson for their vital support. Without them, this project would not have happened.

[Submitted by Chris Wilkinson and Tom Richter]

Northeast Region
Lowell Celebrates Kids Week 2014

Lowell Kids Week, Lowell's annual mid-winter celebration of family fun and learning, began Monday, February 17th, and wrapped up Sunday, February 23rd. In spite of several snowy days and cold February weather, attendance at programs offered by the park rose 22% in comparison to 2013.

The tradition of Lowell Kids Week originated well over two decades ago as a partnership between Lowell National Historical Park, local museums, social service organizations, city agencies, and downtown businesses, all dedicated to providing opportunities for area families to explore their city during school vacation week.

This year's broad focus on celebrating Lowell's global cultures brought a diverse group of new and existing partners together to make possible the biggest Lowell Kids Week yet. The Park's offerings allowed youngsters to try their hand at storytelling, become inventors, "work" on an assembly line, share cultural experiences such as Cambodian dance, and so much more.

Lowell National Historical Park staff coordinated programming among 18 different groups and organizations that hosted nearly 50 free events during the week.

Ranger Emily Levine said that "Kids Week fills a real need for local families and community groups who seek affordable options for spending time together during school vacation week." She said it's also about building community. "Kids Week fosters connections among a wide variety of local organizations, agencies, businesses, and families. Families are always telling us that they're amazed by how much their city really has to offer, and they're excited to take part in that."

By combining the resources with partners ranging from the American Textile History Museum, the Lowell Recreation Department, Lowell General Hospital, the Angkor Dance Troupe, and many others, the park was able to coordinate and cross-promote the numerous happenings throughout the city.

By week's end over 1,250 people attended programming offered in the park, while Kids Week attendance citywide rose to over 2,300 kids and their family members. For the second year in a row, the park is planning additional events for April Play-cation, working with many of the same partners to provide more free, interactive learning during April vacation week.

[Submitted by Philip S. Lupsiewicz,, 978-275-1705]

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park (CA )
LGBT WWII Civilian Home Front Stories Being Collected

Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front recently launched a campaign to collect stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender World War II era civilians. 

On March 24th, over sixty people gathered in Rossmoor, a large senior community in Walnut Creek, California, to celebrate the park’s effort and reach out to anyone who can contribute information or artifacts from this era.

A highlight of the event included honoring Bev Hickok, 95 years old, a former riveter/inspector at Douglas Aircraft from 1942 to 1943, as well as a “WAVE” (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from 1944 to 1946.  She published a novel based upon her experiences, entitled, Against the Current, Coming Out in the 1940’s.  

As a “WAVE” with the U.S. Navy, she had to hide her lesbian identity since she would have been dishonorably discharged if she had been discovered.  Bev’s publicist read excerpts from her book describing her first day at the aircraft factory:  “It was like stepping into an inferno, filled with the intermittent roar and thud of guns and the high-pitched shrieking of drills, sounding like maddened insects”.

The event also included a panel of speakers representing many park partners, including Marsha Mather-Thrift, the executive director of the Rosie the Riveter Trust, Donna Graves, public historian and coordinator of the SF LGBTQ project, Virginia McPartland of Kaiser Permanente, and David Dunham of the Regional Oral History Office at UC Berkeley. 

The keynote speaker was park volunteer Therese Ambrosi Smith, who wrote the novel Wax, a fictional account of two lesbian shipyard workers in the Richmond Kaiser WWII Shipyards.

Due to the prejudice and severe legal, economic and social consequences of revealing sexual orientation in the 1940s, much of this history has been forgotten or never documented.  The park’s museum collection has very limited primary source information about LGBT civilians.  The National Park Service has set up a confidential phone line for LGBT stories to make it safer for people to contact us if they wish to remain anonymous. 

In 2015, the National Park Service and the Rosie the Riveter Trust will produce a traveling exhibit from the primary resources received from the collection effort.  Please help us spread the word about our project. 

LGBT confidential phone line: 510-232-5050 x 6631.

[Submitted by Mary Elizabeth Tucker, Lead Park Ranger]

Morristown National Historical Park (NJ)
Sarah Minegar Achieves Academic Honor

Sarah Minegar, archives technician and museum educator at Morristown National Historical Park, has completed her doctorate from Drew University's Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, successfully defending her dissertation, “Literary Utopias as Explorations in Human Ecology: Five Modern Works, 1880-2005.” 

Dr. Minegar has worked at Morristown since 2007, processing the Lloyd W. Smith Archival Collection and developing numerous archives-based education programs for teachers, high school students, and undergraduate and graduate interns.

Minegar credits the park’s unique archival and library holdings as providing inspiration for her graduate work.

“I have always been drawn to the idea of museums as alternative classrooms and my experiences with the park collections have made me a more perceptive and conscientious historian,” she says. “Not only have I grown as a scholar, but I have also had the opportunity to provide collections access and meaningful and engaging experiences for others.

“These formative years, spent learning and growing as a museum professional, have been instrumental in my decision to pursue a career in public history,” she added. “Being immersed in so much history and working with such diverse collections kept me focused and energized as I completed my graduate work."

"Sarah's pursuit of educational excellence and knowledge serves as a model and inspiration to us all," said Tom Ross, the park’s superintendent.

Dr. Minegar will continue her work with the park’s collections and education initiatives. Most importantly though, she will continue to engage with the public, especially young students, about the advantages and delights of researching and studying history through the documents that make history come to life.

[Submitted by Judd Pfister]


Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX)
GS-0025-11 Chief Of Interpretation

Lake Meredith NRA has issued an announcement for a chief of interpretation.

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 April 17th.
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Air Resources Division
GS-0028-11/12/13 Environmental Protection Specialist

Dates: 03/28/2014 - 04/17/2014

The Air Resources Division is currently recruiting for a GS 11/12/13 environmental protection specialist.

The person in this position provides expertise to all National Park Service offices and field areas regarding park planning and management needs related to air resources. Topics covered include visual resources, analyses of air pollution impacts of federal, state, and local air quality programs, and needed measures to protect park resources.

He/she will work closely with other NPS programs, management and staff as well as federal, state, and local officials, and other stakeholders to advance understanding of air and visual resources issues. Further, the selectee will work collaboratively toward the adoption of measures for addressing air and visual resources issues through park planning and management and the development of  effective air quality control and visual resource management programs.

This position is permanent, full time; the person selected will be duty stationed in Denver, Colorado. Relocation expenses are authorized.

The announcement closes on April 17th.  For additional information, please contact the ARD Policy, Planning, and Permit Review Branch Chief Susan Johnson at 303-987-6944.

For more information and to apply please refer to the USAJobs announcements:

[Submitted by Susan Johnson,, 303-987-6694]

Gettysburg National Military Park (PA)
GL-0025-9 Protection Ranger (Lateral)

Gettysburg National Military Park is seeking protection ranger applicants with Level I commissions interested in a lateral reassignment. 

This is a permanent, full-time position with enhanced annuity retirement. At this time there is one position available, but this certificate may be used to fill other open positions in the future.

Primary duties include the full range of law enforcement, resources protection/archeological resources protection, visitor services, and fire duties related to the protection of historic structures.  The ranger selected will serve as the park EMS coordinator, so a minimum EMT-B and National Registry EMT certification is required. Other duties may include public use management and support for an extensive volunteer park watch patrol program.

Candidates should have a strong working knowledge and interest in park resources, the park story, and commitment to a team-oriented working environment.  The person in this position will serve as one of seven permanent GL-9 protection rangers.  The selected ranger will work closely with a variety of local and state law enforcement, and emergency services agencies.  The park has concurrent jurisdiction.

Gettysburg National Military Park encompasses roughly 6,000 acres, and surrounds the Borough of Gettysburg.  Eisenhower National Historic Site, a 690-acre site containing the home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is also administered by the park.  The park has an annual visitation of approximately 1.2 million visitors.  The Borough of Gettysburg is economically dependent upon tourism and the surrounding area is primarily agricultural.  All services are available locally, including educational (K-12, Gettysburg College, and Harrisburg Area Community College), medical, religious, shopping, and recreational.  Larger metropolitan areas, including Baltimore and Washington, are within a 90 minute drive from Gettysburg.

Limited government housing may be available, but not required.  Rental properties are available at variable rates and housing costs are average.  Permanent change of station (PCS) expenses will be covered and available to current federal career and career-conditional employees in accordance with federal government policy.

The tour of duty for this position will be rotating shifts with the possibility of a compressed work schedule of 4 10-hour days per week.

For more information regarding this opportunity please contact Chief Ranger Ryan Levins at 717-338-4490 or

Interested persons should submit the following:

  • A resume, or OF612 (Application for Federal Employment)
  • A copy of your current law enforcement commission along with any other certifications (EMT, structural/wildland fire, Red Card and instructor certifications)
  • Your most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • A copy of your most recent performance appraisal
  • At least three professional references with contact information

Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail.  Faxed applications will not be accepted.  Submit these items to Joan Howard, HR Specialist, NE Region, Central SHRO Office, Gettysburg National Military Park, 1000 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA  17325. You may also submit your applications electronically to   All Applications must be received by Close of Business, 4:30 p.m., on Monday, April 21st. 

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
GS-11 Cultural Resource Management Specialist (Detail)

Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking candidates for a detail of 90 days as the park’s GS-11 cultural resources management specialist. This is strictly a detail opportunity, not a temporary promotion.

Candidates are being sought from the following series:

  • GS-0170-11 Historian
  • GS-0190-11 Anthropologist
  • GS-0193-11 Archaeologist
  • GS-0807-11 Landscape Architect
  • GS-0808-11 Architect    

The detail will begin within two pay periods of the date of selection.

Duties include the following:

  • Oversees Technical Assistance Request (TAR) with the Intermountain Region to assess impacts to 43 archaeological sites damaged by flooding that occurred in September 2013.  Field assessments by IMR personnel are scheduled for the summer of 2014.
  • Manages day-to-day National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 and Section 110 compliance related to the park’s project proposal and clearance process.
  • Supervises one intern.
  • Communicates with the Colorado SHPO as needed.
  • Participates on an interdisciplinary team in developing plans for the renovation of the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and park administrative offices (a National Historic Landmark).

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Experience managing NHPA Section 106 and Section 110 compliance.
  • Experience coordinating work with various park divisions and other entities.
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, the cultural resources common to the region of North America in which the park is located.
  • Experience in planning and carrying out a cultural resource management program so that the resource stewardship needs of the park are met in a cost effective, efficient, timely, and professional manner.

During this detail, the following expenses will be paid by Rocky Mountain National Park:

  • Salary
  • Travel expenses at the start and at the end of the detail
  • Rental cost for park housing (we anticipate that park housing will be available)
  • Per Diem at 55 percent of the normal rate while in park housing (equals $30.80 per day)

This is a detail opportunity and not a temporary promotion.  Selectee’s salary will remain the same.  Please contact Larry Gamble at or 970-586-1320 with additional questions about the detail opportunity.

Interested individuals should discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisors and obtain concurrence from their superintendents or managers prior to applying. Once approval is obtained, interested individuals should submit the following documentation:

  • Resume detailing work history, educational background, and any special qualifications they might possess
  • Latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), indicating your status (box 24) and your grade, and
  • Latest DI-3100 Performance Appraisal.

Submit documentation by electronic mail to: Maria Rivero at, no later than April 18th. Maria Grace Rivero (, Human Resources Specialist/Workers' Compensation Coordinator, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO  80517. Fax: 970.586.1284. Phone: 970.586.1215.