The Morning Report

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

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Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Pilot Seriously Injured In Plane Crash In Park

A 54-year old man was injured when his single-engine airplane crashed in the park on Monday morning.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., several callers reported that a small plane had crashed just north of the Gardiner Cemetery and east of Yellowstone Trail inside Yellowstone National Park. The accident site is south of the publicly-owned Gardiner Airport, which is outside the park boundary.

The seriously injured pilot was removed from the wreckage and transported by ambulance to Gardiner Airport, then transferred to a Summit Air Ambulance helicopter and taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.

The plane is an Aero Commander agricultural aircraft, which is designed to carry a single pilot and no passengers.  The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the accident, which is under investigation.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office and Gardiner Ambulance joined Yellowstone National Park law enforcement rangers, firefighters, and EMS personnel in a park ambulance in responding to the incident.

[Submitted by Public Affairs]

Biscayne National Park (FL)
Three Injured In Boat Collision

Two vessels collided near Elliott Key around 10 p.m. on the evening of Sunday, May 25th.

Three people were rushed from the accident scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and transported to local hospitals. One person died and the other two were seriously injured. 

Biscayne National Park rangers responded to the accident along with personnel from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue, the United States Coast Guard, Coral Gables Police and City of Miami Fire Rescue. 

[Submitted by Matt Johnson, Public Information Officer]


National Interagency Fire Center
NIFC Issues Updated Summer Fire Outlook

The National Interagency Fire Center has updated its significant wildland fire potential forecast for the months of June through September.

Here’s a summary of the fire potential by month – maps and additional information can be found in a PDF file available at the “More Information” link below.


Above Normal – Much of California, southern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and central and southwestern interior Alaska will have above normal fire potential. Portions of Northern California, Oregon and Nevada will increase to above normal fire potential as well.

Below Normal – Below normal fire potential will continue for much of the eastern half of the United States, with the notable exception of the Great Lakes, Northeast and south Atlantic states.


Above Normal – Above normal fire potential will continue over most of California, Nevada and Oregon. Portions of Washington and Idaho will also experience above normal fire potential. Above normal fire potential will reduce to near normal conditions in Alaska and the Southwest. Fire potential will become above normal in the eastern Great Lakes states.

Below Normal – Below normal fire potential will develop over northern Idaho, Montana and portions of Wyoming and Colorado. Portions of Texas and the southeast will also continue to see below normal fire potential.


Above Normal – Above normal fire potential will remain over most of California, Nevada and Oregon. Portions of Washington and Idaho will also continue with above normal fire potential. Fire potential will expand to cover most of the Northeast.

Below Normal – Below normal fire potential over the northern Rocky Mountains will return to normal, while portions of the south central U.S. remain lower.
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area - NV
Young Girl Thanks Rangers For Saving Her Life

A five-year-old girl who nearly drowned at Lake Mead last month recently returned to the park to thank the rangers who saved her life.

Samantha Romero-Lopez was playing on a knee board at Boulder Beach when the wind carried her approximately 200 yards from shore and blew her off the board. She wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

“It probably came down to seconds,” said Ranger Joel Hyzer. “When we got there, she was on the surface, and within about four seconds she started to sink. Initially, she was unconscious, so we started CPR efforts, and she was able to come back pretty quick.”

Samantha and her parents stopped by the Boulder Beach Ranger Station to deliver candy and a card to Hyzer and fellow rangers Jeff Glossop and Charles Otto. She has made a full recovery thanks to their efforts.

Samantha’s mom, Barbara, is now working with a Las Vegas Elementary School principal and Lake Mead NRA rangers to organize a drowning awareness presentation for students and parents. 

[Submitted by Christie Vanover]

Aztec Ruins National Monument (NM)
Students Wrap Up Productive Year Of Service Learning

Bloomfield High School students from two National Park Foundation-sponsored programs – Park Stewards and Adopt a Class – recently completed a productive year of service learning at Aztec Ruins. 

The students planted cottonwood trees, built a new native plants trail, and planted corn in the park’s heritage garden.

High school special education teacher Kate Dunlap regularly heard the refrain, “When are we going to Aztec Ruins again?” from the students in her career readiness class.  The class took three field trips to the monument and completed a large-scale service-learning project. 

The park envisioned a weedy piece of land in the corner of the picnic area as an interpretive native plants trail to complement the new heritage garden.  Dunlap’s students made it happen.  They built the trail in one long day using paving stones and wood chips carefully placed over landscaping cloth.

“This is a Herculean accomplishment,” said Dana Hawkins, the park’s biological science technician, while talking with beaming students standing on the new trail for a photo. “It would have taken me a month or more to do this by myself.”

The career readiness class focuses on learning job skills and the trail project gave Park Stewards students lots of practice following instructions and working as a team.  They also demonstrated a strong safety ethic.  They received a safety presentation from the maintenance division and built the new trail without one injury or close call.  

The Adopt a Class of 2016 finished the trail a few weeks later by planting 72 native shrubs.  The Adopt a Class of 2016 represents the gifted program at Bloomfield High School, and the students have been studying park resources since ninth grade.  Last year they learned about the New Deal, and this fall they planted cottonwood trees in the picnic area to replace the CCC-era trees that are dying off.

“All these students are excellent stewards of Aztec Ruins NM, and I’m glad they’re sharing the unique park experiences with their peers,” says Superintendent Larry Turk. 

Over the course of the school year, the field trips grew in size from a dozen students to over forty.  Next year, thanks to the continued support of the National Park Foundation, the students will have the opportunity to visit neighboring parks and apply their restoration skills.  They will also work on developing innovative interpretive content for the new native plants trail.

[Submitted by Lauren Blacik, Chief of Visitor Services]

Outdoor Recreation Information Center
ORIC Staff Distribute Military Passes At Local Base

The Outdoor Recreation Information Center (ORIC) in Seattle, an interagency public lands office comprised of staff from the NPS, USFS, and Washington State Parks, had another successful outreach event this year at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 17th.

David Minaglia represented the NPS and was joined by Kai Bauer from Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Kai is a former soldier who was once at stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The pair issued 132 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Military Passes at the event and had over 300 direct contacts for the seven hours they were there. At last year's event they issued 200 passes.

In conversations with soldiers, Minaglia and Bauer found that many of them already had their interagency military pass from recent visits to other national parks and forests.  

Everyone was happy to see the team from ORIC and talk about the many public lands in Washington State.  The State Department of Fish & Wildlife also joined the event and provided excellent information on hunting and fishing opportunities, along with some information on state park passes.  

The turnout at the event was high, estimated to be about 15,000 people.  The venue had a great variety of diversity across generations, genders, and ethnicities.  

The recreation staff at the base were very accommodating and generous, offering their tent canopy space and providing tables and chairs.  They continue to help spread the word about the military pass on a day-to-day basis with the work they do.

[Submitted by Jacqueline Ashwell]


Pacific West Region
GS-0408-11 Ecologist

Dates: 05/30/2014 - 06/12/2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park has issued an announcement for an ecologist.

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 June 12th.

[Submitted by Dave Worthington,, 530-595-6180]

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