Thursday, February 20, 2014
Rangers Rescue Child Locked In Hot Vehicle
Rangers received a report that a two-year-old child was locked in a car at a park trailhead late on the morning of February 16th.
The child had been sitting in the back seat of the vehicle for about 25 minutes. The outside temperature at the time was in the 80s.
A ranger utilized lockout tools to unlock the driver’s side door and free the child. The temperature inside the car was found to be between 85 and 90 degrees. The child was treated for minor heat issues by a ranger and released without further complications.
The child’s grandparents told authorities that they got out of the car to walk around and forgot that their granddaughter was still in the back seat.
[Submitted by Chief Ranger's Office, Southeast Arizona Group]
NEWS AND NOTES
Cultural Resources Latino Legacy Summit Held In San Antonio
On Saturday, February 15th, the National Park Service, along with many local partners, hosted the San Antonio Latino Legacy Summit at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Theater, located in the historic Westside neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas.
The well attended and successful event was planned by a collaborative committee from the Washington and Intermountain Region cultural resources offices, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and numerous national, state, and local partners.
Partners included the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Latino Heritage Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, Texas Historical Society, Center for Cultural Sustainability at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Institute of Texan Cultures, City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions, Westside Preservation Alliance, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Without a strong partnership between all parties the event would not have been possible.
The purpose of the summit was to publicly present the National Park System Advisory Board publication, American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study, and to engage in a conversation about preservation and Latino heritage. The theme study, produced with guidance from the American Latino scholars expert panel, provides a national context for Latino history in the US, with a particular focus on the twentieth century. This historic context is intended to assist with the preparation of National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark nominations for properties associated with Latino heritage.
The theme study was produced as part of the American Latino Heritage Initiative. Information about other projects under this initiative as well as an online copy of the theme study can be found at www.nps.gov/latino.
The 200 attendees included local citizens interested in Latino heritage and historic preservation, local and state historic preservation professionals, and educators. Director Jarvis gave the keynote address, in which he underscored the important role Latinos have played throughout the nation’s history and highlighted some of the NPS’s efforts at telling a more inclusive history. The director emphasized that partnerships and conversations between the National Park Service and the Latino community are needed to make sure that Latino stories are told.
Well known entrepreneur, designer, philanthropist, and National Park Foundation Board member, Henry Muñoz, also spoke at the summit. Muñoz, a strong advocate of the initiative, praised the National Park Foundation’s American Latino Heritage Fund’s support of NPS efforts to tell a more inclusive story and encourage Latinos to visit national parks and public lands. Although the NPS is making strides in preserving America’s shared heritage, Muñoz reminded the audience that the strength of the historic preservation movement in this country is rooted in grassroots advocacy, memory, and scholarship.
Four participatory-style workshops were held after lunch and were led by local preservationists and historians and staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Topics discussed included approaches to historic preservation in working class communities, community based tools for establishing significance for sites and structures, and case studies to broaden the understanding of laws, players, and approaches to preserving Latino heritage.
After the summit, about 50 attendees participated in a Paseo por el Westside, a walking tour of the Westside of San Antonio, hosted by the Westside Preservation Alliance.
[Submitted by Paloma Bolasny]
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (KY) Thomas Lincoln Jr. Gravestone Donated To Lincoln Birthplace
On February 12th, Superintendent Bill Justice and local attorney Carl Howell announced the donation of the Thomas Lincoln Jr. gravestone to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. Howell and Justice unveiled an exhibit of the stone at the park visitor center as part of the park's Abraham Lincoln birthday events.
“This stone is an extraordinary window into the Lincoln family’s life on the frontier at a time when childhood death was common,” said Justice. “It tells a story of grief and loss, feelings Abraham Lincoln experienced many times. We are delighted to be able to introduce our visitors to that story through this exhibit.”
Thomas Lincoln Jr., Abraham Lincoln’s younger brother, was born around 1811 or 1812, but lived only a short time. He was buried in the Redmon family cemetery near the Knob Creek farm the Lincoln’s rented from 1811 to 1816.
The stone is a flat fieldstone typical of those found in the area. The initials “TL” were probably carved into the stone by Thomas Lincoln Sr., Abraham and Thomas’s father. Lincoln historian R. Gerald McMurtry, wrote that the letters bore “a striking resemblance” to the lettering found on furniture made by Thomas Lincoln, Sr.
In 1933, a crew from the Public Works Administration rediscovered the small grave and stone while clearing the long neglected cemetery. After the discovery the owner of the Redmon property removed the headstone to protect it from souvenir seekers. Successive landowners also held the stone in safekeeping. Howell purchased it in 1976 to preserve it and to keep it in Kentucky.
[Submitted by Stacy Humphreys]
Northeast Region Architectural Conservator Barbara Yocum Has Retired
Architectural Conservator Barbara A. Yocum retired from the Northeast Region’s Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center at the end of January after a 35 year career with the National Park Service.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Yocum began her career with NPS in 1978 as a program assistant at the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, DC. She joined the North Atlantic Historic Preservation Center in Boston as an architectural conservator in 1979 and remained in this position during realignments as the Building Conservation Branch in 1992, the Historic Architecture Program in 2003, and the Historic Structure Research & Documentation Branch of the Center for Historic Architecture, Conservation and Engineering in 2012.
During her 35 years with the Service, Yocum authored more than 50 historic structure reports and an equal number of architectural materials analysis reports for the parks of Northeast Region. Among her notable projects were historic architectural studies on the African Meeting House in Boston, the Hyde Park home of Eleanor Roosevelt, the home and laboratory of Thomas A. Edison, the National Landmark fortifications of Governors Island in New York harbor, and the Wesleyan Chapel in Women’s Rights National Historical Park.
Other NPS regions and federal agencies also employed her expertise at various historic sites throughout the country, such as the fortifications of San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico, the Russian Bishop’s House in Alaska, and the White House and Treasury Building in Washington, DC.
Her materials analysis of historic paints, wallpapers, mortars, and hardware provided information for many an accurate restoration in compliance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Yocum also prepared contract documents and oversaw various restoration projects. These included the replication of historic wallpapers at the African Meeting House in Boston National Historical Park, the home of Martin Van Buren at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, and the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Women’s Rights National Historical Park.
Yocum has already begun volunteering her tremendous talents to HACE and plans to stay involved in the realm of NPS architectural conservation for years to come. She and her husband Jim also plan to continue their work with beagle rescue (www.bonesbeagles.org), explore the National Parks, and broaden their culinary and gardening skills.
[Submitted by Eric Breitkreutz, firstname.lastname@example.org, (978) 970-5131]
Park Facility Management Division Mammoth Cave Hosts Climate Friendly Parks Workshop
Mammoth Cave National Park hosted a Climate Friendly Parks workshop from February 4th through February 6th. During the three-day training workshop, park staff and invited guests learned about potential effects of climate change at the park and within the region and discussed strategies and action items to respond to these challenges at the park level.
Climate change sessions featured guest speakers from the U.S. Geological Survey, National Weather Service, and NPS South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative and Integrated Pest Management Program.
Participants also discussed Mammoth Cave’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory, brainstormed mitigation efforts, and gained valuable insights on servicewide sustainability initiatives, including hearing success stories and lessons learned from Yellowstone National Park, the Propane Education & Research Council, and Forever Resorts. Other guest speakers and facilitators included NPS staff from the WASO Air Resources Division, Park Facility Management Division and Wilderness Stewardship Division, and from Southeast Regional Office.
The Climate Friendly Parks workshop is one of the four milestones within the Climate Friendly Parks Program and offers a unique opportunity for NPS staff at park, region and national levels and stakeholders to work together toward a common goal while encouraging interdisciplinary brainstorming. With the information shared at the workshop as well as additional support from regional and national staff, Mammoth Cave National Park staff plan to integrate CFP sustainability and greenhouse gas mitigation actions into their environmental management system.
To find out how your park can become a Climate Friendly Park, click the "More Information" link below.
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Intermountain Region GS-0401-7/9 Biologist
Dates: 02/19/2014 - 02/25/2014
Amistad National Recreation Area is seeking qualified applicants to fill a full-time, permanent GS-0401-7/9 biologist position. The announcement closes on February 25th. For additional information, click on link below.
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Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs GS-0301-12/13 Legislative Affairs Specialist
The Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs has issued an announcement for a legislative affairs specialist.
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 4th.
Air Resources Division
GS-0028-12/13 Environmental Protection Specialist
Dates: 02/11/2014 - 03/04/2014
The Air Resources Division is currently recruiting for a GS 12/13 environmental protection specialist.
The person in this position provides expertise to all National Park Service offices and field areas regarding analyses of air pollution impacts of federal, state, and local air quality programs and needed measures to protect park resources, including visibility. She/he will work closely with other federal land managers, organizations and industries, and with high level federal, state, and local air pollution officials to cooperatively develop effective air quality control 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 March 4th. For additional information, please contact the ARD Policy, Planning, and Permit Review Branch Chief, Susan Johnson, 303-987-6944.
For more information and to apply please refer to the USAJobs announcements:
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