Volunteer Newsletter Page 3

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The park’s research group creates one-page summaries of recent research projects. The most recent include:

  1. Dr. Willard’s Alpine Tundra Research Plots - A review of the successful listing of Dr. Willard’s alpine tundra research plots to the National Register of Historic Places, the first ecological research plots in the country to be so recognized.
  2. Bighorn Genetics - Preliminary results of recent non-invasive genetic work on bighorn sheep show the population is not "bottlenecked," but there are not any new immigrants into the park population.
  3. Cutthroat Trout - A study revealed that colder streams may be necessary for translocation success.
  4. Rock glaciers - A model examines the existing permafrost locations and how climate change might effect park permafrost.
  5. Temperature trends - A long-term study of temperatures at nearby Niwot Ridge is likely comparable to temperatures in our park.

Link to 36 science summaries at: nps.gov/romo/parkmgmt/research_publications.htm

Help Wanted:

Attention hearty hikers! We need 40-50 hikers to collect water during the park’s first Water Blitz to be held in late August. We will sample lakes and streams all over the park in one day. There will be something for everyone: driving routes, driving-hiking routes, short and long day hikes. Some routes require staying overnight in the backcountry the night before. Most hikes are on trail. Each route will have two people assigned to collect up to 10 samples. You will need to attend one of several training sessions in July and August. Call or e-mail Cheri Yost to sign up or for more information at 970-586-1394 or e-mail

Alpine Visitor Center-Alpineers
There is an opening on Thursdays this season. It starts May 29 and ends October 13. The position involves helping out at the visitor center and staffing the desk when the rangers/EMTs are tending to medical requests. For more information call or e-mail Leanne Benton at 970-586-1226 or e-mail.

Sheep Lakes Information Station-Big Horn Brigade
There are openings on the following shifts this season: Monday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The season starts May 17 and ends August 16. There is mandatory training on the afternoon and evening of May 16. For more information call or e-mail Jean Muenchrath at 970-586-1336 or e-mail.

Information Office
There is an opening on Saturday mornings. The morning shift is 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information call or e-mail Katy Sykes at 970-586-1336 or e-mail.

Wild Basin Ranger Station
There are openings on the following shifts: Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information call or e-mail Charley Davies at 303-443-2350 or e-mail.

Volunteer Office
Kathleen will be in Denver for Volunteer Supervisor Training April 22-25. Would anyone be available to cover the Volunteer Office from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 22, 24 or 25? The duties would be to answer phones, talk to folks who drop by the office, etc. Call or e-mail Kathleen at 970-586-1330 or e-mail

People News:

Ferrel Atkins, long-time interpretation volunteer, underwent spinal surgery. Please keep him in your thoughts as he recovers. If anyone would like to send him well-wishes and needs his mailing information, please contact the Volunteer Office at 970-586-1330 or e-mail.

Also I know many of you are sad that Dan Ostrowski (Dano) will no longer be leading the Friday trails crew, however, please congratulate him, he has been selected for the permanent Maintenance Mechanic position on the Colorado River District.

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Last updated: February 24, 2015

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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