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Contact: Wade Jones, 701-623-4466
Park Poised to Accept Volunteer Applications for Elk Herd Reduction
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is preparing to accept applications for volunteers to assist with the second year of its elk reduction program.The application itself will be posted on July 9, 2011 but prospective volunteers are highly encouraged to read through Frequently Asked Questions, What to Expect If You Are Selected, and Comments From Last Year's Volunteers that are now posted on the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/thro.Potential volunteers may apply either as an individual or as part of a group of up to four people. Applications will be accepted only through the on-line process.
"Last year's success indicates that we can expect a continued strong interest in volunteering for this program," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor."Participants will be pleased to see that by starting reduction activities two weeks earlier this year, we will avoid the more extreme weather conditions in January.We will continue to use an automated and streamlined application process to ensure the selection of volunteers is fair."
As each application is received, it will automatically be assigned a unique identification number.Soon after close of the application period, successful applicants will be determined by a computer-generated random selection process. Twenty volunteers will be selected for each week of the ten week reduction period, which will run from October 17 to December 23, 2011.Successful applicants can expect to be contacted by the park within three weeks after the close of the application period.Because of the large number of applicants (over 5,200 last year), unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.As many as 200 people will be able to participate as elk reduction volunteers during the upcoming effort.
"This is a volunteer work opportunity, not an elk hunt," Naylor continued."It's important that the potential volunteers understand the conditions under which they would be working before they apply."
Applications will be accepted from July 9, 2011 through July 23, 2011.Questions regarding this volunteer opportunity should be directed to Theodore Roosevelt National Park Elk Reduction Program Coordinator Wade Jones or Chief of Resource Management Bill Whitworth at 701-623-4466.