The Morning Report

Thursday, March 05, 2015

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Colonial National Historical Park (VA)
Iraqi Cultural Preservation Specialists Visit Park

A delegation of 10 Iraqi museum directors, archeologists and cultural heritage experts recently visited Colonial National Historical Park and Historic Jamestowne to determine best practices for museum management, sustainable cultural tourism, and cultural heritage preservation and education.

During their visit, sponsored by the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, they met with Chief Archeologist Dr. William Kelso of Preservation Virginia and park staff (Jonathan Connelly, Keely Lewis, Steve Williams and Elaine Leslie).  

Their visit also included meetings with NPS and Preservation Virginia staff to learn more about the management of the site as a public-private partnership, and explore museum maintenance and management of cultural heritage assets in the United States.

The goals of their visit included visiting various private and NPS sites in order to:

  • Familiarize participants with how “open living museums” function in the United States, and how these museums contribute to their community’s cultural and economic development; 
  • Examine the development of funding mechanisms that make historical and cultural sites financially viable; and
  • Explore educational outreach strategies for developing a local support network and educating the Iraqi public about the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Selma To Montgomery National Historic Trail (AL)
Selma To Montgomery Event Highlights Voter Registration Month

As the nation prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March, the National Park Service and communities along the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail gathered to call attention to voter registration month throughout March.

Elected officials, including  Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Selma Mayor George Evans and White Hall Mayor James Walker, joined Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail Superintendent Sandy Taylor and Montgomery, Dallas and Lowndes County officials on February 20th at the Lowndes Interpretive Center at a special kickoff event.

The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail will commemorate the events and people that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with activities throughout 2015.

The annual bridge crossing Jubilee will be held from March 6th through March 9th.  The "Walking Classroom" is the premier week-long event from March 20 through 25 offering an exceptional learning opportunity where young adults walk the iconic 54 miles in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights march.

To learn more go to: www.nps/gov/semo .

[Submitted by Katie Lawhon, Deputy PIO, Incident Management Team]

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Park Holds Wilderness Narrative Workshop

Last week, Yosemite National Park participated in a wilderness basics workshop as a foundation for developing the park’s wilderness stewardship plan.

The workshop was attended by approximately 30 people from all divisions within the park, along with a number of retirees with specialized expertise in wilderness management.

The primary focus of the workshop was to provide for a facilitated dialogue about the unique characteristics of the Yosemite wilderness and what management actions might be needed to preserve those characteristics for the enjoyment of future generations. 

This information is captured in a wilderness character narrative that helps to define important parameters for wilderness stewardship planning.  In addition to building this foundation, products stemming from the workshop will include a summary of legislative history pertaining to wilderness in Yosemite, GIS map products, and a summary of future planning and data needs.  

A recent publication, Keeping It Wild in the National Park Service: A User Guide for Integrating Wilderness Character into Park Planning, Management, and Monitoring, provided structure and definition for the exercise and was helpful in linking the terminology in the Wilderness Act to the observations and experiences of workshop participants. 

The workshop was conducted as a collaborative effort by staff from Yosemite National Park, WASO Planning Division, WASO Wilderness Stewardship Division, Denver Service Center Planning Division, and Pacific West and Midwest Regions.

The two-day facilitated process helped park staff to better understand the concept of wilderness character and to identify the key attributes that make the wilderness experience in Yosemite unlike any other.    

[Submitted by Kari Cobb, Public Affairs Specialist]

National Capital Region
National Capital Region Leaders Receive Patriot Awards

At a ceremony on February 25th, the Department of Defense Office for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve recognized three National Capital Region supervisors with Patriot Awards for their support of Captain Carol Pollio, a US Coast Guard reservist and NCR's chief of natural resources.

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures, including flexible schedules and time off prior to and after deployment.

Associate Regional Director for Resources, Stewardship and Science Perry Wheelock was nominated for her support in allowing flexible hours and work schedules to accommodate Carol’s reserve active duty and drill schedule, allowing Carol’s regional duties to be set aside, often with limited notice. She also supported Carol as professional development opportunities arose.

Deputy Regional Director Lisa Mendelson-Ielmini was recognized for her support of Carol’s reserve responsibilities by demonstrating flexibility during her absences from the office, which allowed for smooth transitions onto and returning from periods of active duty.

Regional Director Steve Whitesell (retired) was honored in absentia for his support of the military and reserve.

Pollio has been the chief of natural resources for National Capital Region for more than three years. Her US Coast Guard career spanned 31 years and included deployments during Operating Enduring Freedom and to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She was promoted to captain (0-6) in July 2014, which she attributes to hard work and the unwavering support provided by Perry, Lisa and Steve. Pollio recently retired from the reserve, but continues her 38-year career with the NPS.

[Submitted by Jennifer Mummart,, 202-619-7174]


Pacific West Region
GS-0401-13/14 Fire Management Officer

Dates: 03/02/2015 - 03/16/2015

Pacific West Regional Office has issued an announcement for a regional fire management officer.

Click on the link below to view the full vacancy announcement, including possible recruitment and/or relocation incentive options.

The announcement closes on March 16th.

[Submitted by Martha Lee,, 415-623-2106]

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Washington Office
GS-0260-15 Equal Employment Manager

The Washington Office has issued an announcement for an equal employment manager.

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 24th.
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Blue Ridge Parkway
GS-0025-11 Supervisory Protection Ranger

Blue Ridge Parkway is seeking candidates for a position as supervisory protection ranger at its Balsam Gap office.

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 17th.
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Canyonlands National Park (UT)
WS-4749-7 Maintenance Worker Supervisor (Detail)

Canyonlands National Park has issued an announcement for a 60-day detail for a maintenance worker supervisor.

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 13th.
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