The Morning Report

Friday, April 25, 2014

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Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Visitors Rescued From Raft Stuck In Colorado River

During the morning of April 21st, one of the 37-foot rafts being used on a commercial river trip got caught on rocks in Badger Rapids.  

River guides worked unsuccessfully for several hours to free the stuck raft before requesting assistance around 4 p.m.  Given the potentially dangerous situation of the raft coming off the rocks in the middle of the night due to fluctuating river levels, Grand Canyon’s helicopter crew removed ten people from the raft via helicopter short-haul.   

Later that night, with additional resources and reduced weight on the raft, guides were able to free the vessel. 

Badger Rapids is the first set of rapids on the Colorado River. They’re located approximately eight miles downstream from the launch site at Lee’s Ferry.

Ranger Cori Conner served and the incident commander.  A short NPS video of the rescue operation can be viewed at http://youtu.be/3S_uIg1d7k0.

[Submitted by Brandon Torres, Branch Chief of Emergency Services]


Presidio of San Francisco (CA)
Traffic Stop Leads To Seizure of Drugs, Explosives

On Tuesday, April 22nd, Park Police officers from the San Francisco Field Office conducted a traffic stop in the Presidio for an expired registration. On scene investigation led to the seizure of a significant amount of marijuana and an explosive device. 

The immediate area was evacuated and the San Francisco Police Department emergency ordinance disposal team responded to safely detonate the device. 

Further investigation by the Park Police led to the seizure of additional narcotics and drug paraphernalia from the suspect’s residence.    

[Submitted by Captain Gregory T. Monahan, San Francisco Field Office]


NEWS AND NOTES



Office of Communications
Interior Designates Four New National Landmarks

Secretary Jewell and Director Jarvis marked National Park Week yesterday by announcing the designation of four new national historic landmarks, ranging from a ground-breaking mural in the heart of the Motor City to the farm of a prominent 20th century statesman who played a major role in the Cold War.

The four sites join 2,540 other sites across the country recognized as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

The announcement was made as part of National Park Week, an annual event honoring the natural beauty and cultural heritage contained in America’s national parks. The National Historic Landmarks Program is one of more than a dozen programs administered by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve our nation’s shared history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.

“These four new national historic landmarks are as diverse as our American heritage, telling stories of triumph and tragedy, of dedicated public service and artistic beauty,” Secretary Jewell said. “As part of a nationwide network of unique, historic sites, they help ensure the journey we have taken as a nation is remembered and interpreted both now and for future generations.”

“As the National Park Service approaches its Centennial observance in 2016, we are seeking ways to highlight and share the breadth of the American experience,” said Director Jarvis.  “These new national historic showcase the rich, diverse, and complex history of our nation’s story, as well as drive tourism and boost local economies.”

The national historic landmarks announced today include:

  • Adlai E. Stevenson II Farm, Mettawa, Illinois –The Adlai Stevenson II Farm was the home of the twice-nominated Democratic candidate for the presidency and Ambassador to the United Nations.  As U.N. Ambassador during the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Adlai Stevenson, Stevenson played a major role in Cold War politics during the mid-20th century. The farm was Stevenson’s home for most of his adult life and is closely associated with many of his important activities.
  • Detroit Industry Murals, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan – Between July, 1932, and March, 1933, Diego Rivera, a premier leader in the 1920s Mexican Mural Movement, executed the Detroit Industry mural cycle, considered the United States’ finest, modern monumental artwork devoted to industry. It depicts the City of Detroit’s manufacturing base and labor force on all four walls of the Detroit Institute of Art's Garden Court. Considered by many scholars to be Rivera’s greatest extant work in the United States, Detroit Industry is an exemplary representation of the introduction and emergence of mural art in the United States between the Depression and World War II. 
  • George Nakashima Woodworker Complex, Bucks County, Pennsylvania – Internationally-renowned furniture designer and woodworker George Nakashima is recognized as one of America’s most eminent furniture designer craftsmen. Nakashima’s work expresses a worldview that is based upon a unique set of circumstances, including his formal education in architecture, his exposure to European Modernism, Eastern religious philosophy, and traditional Japanese craft traditions, including instruction from Issei carpenter Gentaro Hikogawa while both were confined at the Minidoka Relocation Center, one of 10 internment camps established for Japanese Americans during World War II (and whose site is today administered by the National Park Service). As a self-proclaimed “woodworker,” Nakashima became an important voice for the artist craftsmen helping to create a new paradigm for studio furniture production in the postwar period.  The George Nakashima Woodworker complex is significant for its innovative Japanese-influenced International Style structures designed by Nakashima and built under his direct supervision. 
  • Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines 1956 Aviation Accident Site, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – On June 30, 1956, a Trans World Airlines Super Constellation L-1049 and a United Airlines DC-7 collided in uncongested airspace 21,000 feet over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, killing all 128 people onboard the two flights. The tragedy spurred an unprecedented effort to modernize and increase safety in America’s postwar airways, culminating in the establishment of the modern Federal Aviation Administration. Other improvements that resulted from the crash included nationwide radar coverage, a common military/civilian navigation system, and the development of technologies such as collision avoidance systems and flight data recorders.

The National Historic Landmarks Program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. The agency works with preservation officials, private property owners, and other partners interested in nominating properties for National Historic Landmark designation. Completed nominations are reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the Secretary of the Interior. If selected, property ownership remains intact but each site receives a designation letter and technical preservation advice.

Additional information on the designations can be found at http://www.nps.gov/nhl/news/intro.htm.

[Submitted by Mike Litterst]


Park Facility Management Division
Most Recent Edition Of Divisional Newsletter Now Out

The March/April issue of Park Facility Management Division Update is now available online. Included in this issue are:

  • Feature Story – A Look at the Repair/Rehabilitation Program
  • Sustainability Corner – The 2013 Green Parks Performance Brief
  • SMAC Safe – Risk Management for Mowing and Trimming in NPS Park Operations
  • FM Career Builder – The 2014 Facility Manager Leaders Program
  • Continuous Improvement – PFMD Hosts a Meeting to Discuss Improvements to the Asset Management Program
  • Bridges in the FMSS and the Roads Portal
  • FY 2013 Accessibility Award Winners

Click on the link below for the website with both current and past editions of the newsletter.

[Submitted by Steven J. Olig, Communications Analyst]

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Gulf Islands National Seashore (FL,MS)
Park Holds Paddling Event In Florida District

In celebration of National Park Week, Superintendent Dan Brown invited the public to join him for an End-to-End Seashore Paddle of the Florida District, observing that “more than 80% of the seashore is water and there is a wealth of sea life to discover in the sea grass beds.”

Brown will be leading a series of eight paddles. The first began on Saturday, April 19th, at the western end of the seashore’s Florida boundary and will end on Saturday, April 26th, at the eastern end of the seashore’s Florida boundary. Participants may paddle the entire 58 mile length of the seashore or choose any number of the individual segments. 

Brown encouraged visitors to join him in exploring the often overlooked parts of the seashore and experience wildlife such as juvenile fish, blue crabs, flounder, sea stars, and dolphin which live in the sound. Bald eagles, osprey, and great blue herons may also be observed overhead.

“The paddle features the inland waters of the park,” he said. “The seashore boundary actually encircles Santa Rosa Island, extending mid-Sound to the Intracoastal Waterway, and one mile into the Gulf. Except when crossing the Pensacola Pass and the north side of Santa Rosa Sound at Liza Jackson Park, the entire paddle will be within national seashore waters. The entire length of Big Lagoon, Pensacola Bay, and Santa Rosa Sound all the way to East Pass near Destin is within the seashore.”

The superintendent was the lone kayaker on the second leg of the paddle, as choppy water and overcast skies likely kept other paddlers at home.

Sunshine, gentle breezes, and calm water welcomed the third leg of the adventure. Santa Rosa County Commissioner Grover Robinson IV and Marine Resources Manager Robert Turpin joined the paddle atop their stand-up paddle boards. Several other kayakers also paddled with the group to enjoy a lovely day on the waters of the Seashore. 

The journey continues through April 26th with the final leg of the paddle ending on the eastern boundary of the Seashore.

[Submitted by Susan Teel, Chief of Resource Education]


Pacific West Region
Bernadette Lovato Selected As Manzanar Superintendent

Bernadette Lovato has been selected as the new superintendent for Manzanar National Historic Site. Lovato is currently the district manager for BLM's Carson City District Office, overseeing 4.8 million acres in northwestern Nevada.

She will begin her new position in June, replacing former superintendent Les Inafuku, who retired.

“Bernadette’s experience will be a great asset for the park,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. “Her background managing many different types of resources and familiarity with the area make her an excellent choice to oversee the varied and complex issues at Manzanar.”

Lovato began her federal career in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the National Park Service Division of Interpretation and Visitor Services.

She then worked at Grand Canyon National Park and Glacier National Park in the concessions management program before transferring to the Bureau of Land Management in 2002.  

In 2007, she completed BLM’s year-long emerging leader program and moved into management, serving as associate district manager for the Colorado River District, providing oversight for over 5.1 million acres.  In 2009, she moved to Bishop, California, and was the field manager for BLM’s Bishop Field Office, before taking her present position in Carson City.

“I have strong ties to the Owens Valley and am looking forward to joining the Manzanar team. I have had a life-long interest in inclusiveness and social equality, so this assignment is especially important to me”, said Lovato.

During her career she has had opportunities to work on protecting cultural resources, including preserving the Red Bus experience at Glacier National Park in 2001. She has a strong record of collaboration and coordination with tribes, counties, federal, state and local agencies, and the public.

Lovato attended New Mexico State University. She has been an active member of Rotary International since 2010, and enjoys hiking and camping.

Canyonlands National Park (UT)
Assistant Superintendent Paul Henderson Is Retiring

After a career spanning some 40 years, Paul Henderson, assistant superintendent for the Southeast Utah Group (Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep), has announced his retirement, effective May 3rd.

Paul began his career on a trail crew at Mt. Rainier in 1973 – although his history at Mt. Rainier dates to 1959 when his father first reported for duty there. Subsequent assignments included Craters of the Moon NM, the Pacific Northwest Regional Office, Klondike Gold Rush NHP,  Great Basin NP, Petroglyph NM, Nez Perce NHP, and, for the past 17 years, the Southeast Utah Group.

Paul was very active in employee development for many years, as both an instructor and regional coordinator for the interpretive skills and team resources programs, as well as serving as a coach and mentor in several other training programs. He’s seen a lot come and go during his career and fondly remembers when there were no fax machines, computers, or email.

“Mail came from region just once a week; we usually had telephone service although we could always pretend that we didn’t,” he says. “We actually got to be outside in the park, working to protect resources and serving park visitors.”

“I wouldn’t trade a minute of it – I’ve spent almost my entire life getting to live and work in the cherished places under the care of the NPS, and nobody could ask for more. I thank my family for enduring our vagabond lifestyle for much of my early career.”

He and his better half, Betsy, will continue to live in Moab, Utah, at least for the foreseeable future. His plans include travel, gardening, reading, sleeping in, exploring the great outdoors, and taking in both sunrises and sunsets on the back deck.

Servicewide
Upcoming Training Calendar

All training offerings – webinars, online courses and training sessions in the field – appear in this listing only, updated each Friday. Entries must be received by midday Thursday at the latest for the following day’s update. Send them to Bill_Halainen@contractor.nps.gov.

All entries must be brief and should have the following:

  • Beginning and ending dates.
  • Name and location of course.
  • A short one- to two-line description.
  • The closing date for application or registration.
  • Name(s) and number(s) for more information.
  • Most importantly, a link to a website where full announcements or detailed information can be found.

New listings and revisions to this week’s calendar are in bold face. They are removed from the calendar once the application deadline has passed.

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Training and Webinars

April 29 – April 30 – NEPA/NHPS Section 106 Workshop: Intermountain Region, Grand Teton NP. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Eckhart; cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

April 29 – May 1 – Introduction to Section 106 and NHPA: Northeast Region, Franklin Roosevelt NHS. See full announcement here. Contact: Cheryl Sams O'Neill; cheryl_sams@nps.gov or 215-597-5822.

April 29 – May 1 – Compliance with Section 106 and NEPA: Southeast Regional Office.  See full announcement here. Contact: Beth Byrd; beth_byrd@nps.gov or 404-507-5793.

May 5 – May 8 – Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop, Anchorage, AK.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information. Contact Steve Archibald, 406-243-4653, srarchibald@fs.fed.us, or Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

May 12 – May 15 – NPS Fundamentals V: Building Trust, Teams and Leaders, Washington, DC. Free - all travel/tuition is paid for by WASO Learning & Development. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website (http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm) and/or contact the Fundamentals V staff at npsfundamentalsdc@nps.gov or 202-354-1903.

May 19 – May 22 – Interagency Regional Wilderness Stewardship Training Course, Anchorage, AK.  Sponsored by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov, with any questions.

June 5 – June 6 – ACA Swiftwater Rescue Training: Level 4, New River Gorge NR, WV. This class is designed as an intermediate swiftwater rescue workshop teaching recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress.  Emphasis is placed on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills.  Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced.  Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.  Participants should be prepared to be in the cold, wet river environment for skills practice and to swim in Class II – Class III whitewater. Experience on whitewater rivers up to class III is a prerequisite. Equipment needed: PFD for whitewater use in good condition(Type III or Type V), whitewater helmet, protective footwear, protective clothing for cold water/weather (wetsuit, splash gear, synthetic under layers), throwbag, whistle, knife,  three locking carabiners, and two prusicks. For registration and additional information, contact Matt McQueen at matt_mcqueen@nps.gov.

June 24 – June 25 – NEPA/NHPA Section 106 Workshop: Intermountain Region, Canyonlands NP Headquarters. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Rckhardt at cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

July 7 – July 10 – NPS Fundamentals V: Building Trust, Teams and Leaders, Washington, DC. Free - all travel/tuition is paid for by WASO Learning & Development. For more information, go to the NPS Fundamentals website (http://www.nps.gov/training/fund/index.htm) and/or contact the Fundamentals V staff at npsfundamentalsdc@nps.gov or 202-354-1903.

July 22 – July 23 – NEPA/NHPA Section 106 Workshop:  Intermountain Regional Office, Denver, CO. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Eckhardt at cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

August 4 – August 8 – Fundamentals of Special Park Uses, DOI University, Albuquerque, NM.  This course covers all aspects of special park uses, including First Amendment activities, commercial filming, still photography and rights- of-way. DO-53/RM-53 are covered in depth, as well as 36 CFR and NPS Management Policies 2006. A draft agenda is posted on the special park uses page at http://inside.nps.gov/waso/waso.cfm?prg=185&lv=3  Minimum class size 15 participants.  For more information contact Lee Dickinson, Special Park Uses Program Manager, WASO at 202/513-7092.  Enrollment deadline is July 5th.

August 5 – August 7 – Compliance with Section 106 and NEPA: Southeast Regional Office. See full announcement here.  Contact: Beth Byrd; beth_byrd@nps.gov or 404-507-5793.

August 26 – April 27 – Fundamentals of Section 106: Midwest Region, Minneapolis, MN. See full announcement here.  Contact: Stephen Rogers; stephen_rogers@nps.gov or 402-661-1912.

August 26 – August 28 – Fundamentals of Section 106: Pacific West Region, Fort Vancouver NHS. See full announcement here. Contact: Cari Kreshak; cari_kreshak@nps.gov or 808-228-5334.

September 9 – September 10 – Distance Education Technology Transfer Workshop, Cabrillo NM, San Diego, CA. This course is designed to provide end users (interpreters, education specialists, resource managers, fire managers or information technology staff) with the resources and knowledge necessary to assemble a Telexploration backpack and present a real-time distance learning program to a remote audience and to design and deploy a basic wireless systems sufficient to present real-time live Telexploration programs in your park. The closing date for applications is August 15th. For more information, contact Amanda Gossard at amanda_gossard@nps.gov.

September 9 – September 11 – Structural Firefighter Recertification and Refresher Course, Grand Canyon NP, AZ. This three-day class satisfies the refresher requirements for NPS Structural Firefighters as outlined in Chapter 12 of Reference Manual 58, NPS Structural Fire Management. The course is designed to refresh the skills, knowledge and competencies of previously certified structural firefighting personnel through the utilization of live fire scenarios. NPS live fire qualified instructors direct the training in compliance with NFPA 1403 and OSHA requirements. Application deadline is August 11th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

September 15 – October 17 – National Search & Rescue Academy, Camp Navajo, Bellemont. AZ. The National Park Service in conjunction with the Department of Defense will conduct this year’s fall session of the National Search & Rescue Academy at Camp Navajo, which is ten miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona. NSARA provides an intensive five-week comprehensive SAR training program for federal employees. This program will provide participants with a venue to efficiently attain basic field rescuer skills in a single condensed format which typically requires several years of career development. This core program provides participants with essential field rescue skills in ground search operations, ICS, swiftwater rescue, technical rope rescue, search management, basic aviation safety, helicopter rescue techniques, and remote/austere EMS techniques. This program is delivered in the classroom and various physically challenging outdoor environments. To broaden interagency cooperation, allied and federal agency personnel will jointly attend this academy. NSARA participants will be housed in shared military barrack style quarters during the training and are required to adhere to all local policies of the hosting facility. On-site lodging and meals during the academy will be provided at no expense to NPS participants. En route travel and per diem costs, as well lodging and meals associated with three days of off-site swiftwater training, will be borne by the benefiting work unit. This is a very physically demanding course and participants are required to perform at an arduous level without physical, mental, or emotional limitations. Participants will be involved in physical fitness training, which will be completed through the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test, and participants are required to achieve a “First Class PFT Score” by the end of the academy. Prerequisites: In addition to completion of independent study classes on Basic ICS and SAR, candidates must possess a current minimum certification at the First Responder or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level. For further information on this training, refer to the announcement and nomination form at this link. Submit completed nomination forms to NSARA Coordinator Ken Phillips, NPS Branch Chief of Search & Rescue, at ken_phillips@nps.gov or 928-606-3862 (cell). Nominations are due by August 15th.

September 16 – September 17 – NEPA/NHPA Section 106 Workshop: Intermountain Region, Grand Canyon NP. See full announcement here.  Contact: Cheryl Eckhardt; cheryl_eckhardt@nps.gov or 303-969-2851.

October 6 – October 10 – Structural Firefighter I (Defensive Firefighter) Course, Gateway NRA (Sandy Hook Unit), NJ. This 40-hour course is designed to provide basic training at the NFPA 1001, Firefighter I level with the minimum skills necessary to function safely and effectively as a member of a structural firefighting team under direct supervision. Course emphasis is on individual and engine company manipulative skills essential for personal safety and efficiency in support of defensive (exterior) operations with limited offensive skills targeting trash and vehicle fires and indirect attacks in the suppression of structural fires. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is September 8th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

October 13 – October 24 – Structural Firefighter I/II Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1001 training standards to be qualified as a Structural Firefighter I and II. Participants will be able to perform both interior and exterior attacks during structural fire events. The course presents students with a strenuous hands-on curriculum that includes extensive training scenarios and live-fire drills. Students will be afforded numerous opportunities to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed serve as a structural firefighter.  Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. For formal accreditation through the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board), participants must complete all associated courses and pre-requests. Application deadline is September 15th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

November 3 – November 14 – Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class fulfills NFPA 1002 training standards to be qualified as Fire Apparatus Driver Operator. The class is designed to provide persons with the technical information and skills essential for the safe operation and proper maintenance of fire apparatus. Emphasis includes hands-on training of pumping and driving skills critical to support personnel assigned to all hazard response. Personnel will become proficient in troubleshooting, hydraulics, drafting and providing water through multiple pumping evolutions. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules, class assessments and evaluations. Application deadline is October 6th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

November 4 – November 5 – Remington 870 Armorer, Lake Meredith NRA, TX. The park will be hosting a Remington 870 armorer class. Class cost is $450 and registration is done through Remington, http://www.remingtonle.com/training/14schedule.htm. There is a Holiday Inn Express in Borger that has a government rate. For more information, contact Dale Culver at Dale_Culver@nps.gov  or via phone at 806-865-3874 ext. 261

November 6 – November 7– Remington AR15 Armorer, Lake Meredith NRA, TX. The park will be hosting a Remington AR15 armorer class. Class cost is $450 and registration is done through Remington, http://www.remingtonle.com/training/14schedule.htm. There is a Holiday Inn Express in Borger that has a government rate. For more information, contact Dale Culver at Dale_Culver@nps.gov  or via phone at 806-865-3874 ext. 261

December 8 – December 12 – Fire Officer and Instructor Course, National Structural Fire Training Center, Glen Canyon NRA, AZ. This class includes certification in both Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I. These classes have been combined as fire instructor is a required prerequisite for fire officer. The combined class is a combination of online activities with job performance skills being demonstrated in a class or field setting. Fire instructor is designed around classroom lectures, group activities, and individual presentations. Topics include learning theories, use of instructional materials and media, maintaining student records and techniques for effective communication. The fire officer portion of the class focuses on technical knowledge and leadership skills which are essential for command and control of engine company personnel during fire emergencies. Participants will be introduced to the skills of preplanning, fire attack strategies/tactics and logistical support functions. Skills are reinforced and evaluated through dynamic group sessions and video simulations. Certification is based upon completion of all on-line modules and class assessments. Access to the on-line class is available on December 9th. Application deadline is November 10th. For further information, contact Mark Gorman at 208-387-5244 or check the website at http://famshare.inside.nps.gov/structural/operations/default.aspx.

Online Training

Cultural Resources

Nationwide Programmatic Agreement Toolkit. To help guide NPS staff on implementing the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement, which governs Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the NPS has developed a “toolkit.” The toolkit is mandatory training that provides guidance to NPS superintendents and Section 106 coordinators, division chiefs, and facilities staff at region and park levels on using the programmatic agreement during Section 106 review. NPS employees may earn a certificate for their review of the toolkit through DOI Learn by taking a final assessment. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the toolkit website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The toolkit website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/howto/PAToolkit/index.htm. For more information about the NPS nationwide programmatic agreement toolkit, please contact: Jeffrey Durbin, NPS Section 106 compliance program officer, at 202-354-1816 or Jeffrey_durbin@nps.gov

Managing Archeological Collections. Learn about caring for archeological collections and help to overcome the curation crisis. The course is designed to assist those who are interested in, or need to learn more about, preserving and managing archeological collections over the long term. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/collections/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Archeology for Interpreters. Through this training, interpreters and anyone with an interest and need to know – including law enforcement rangers, natural resource experts, and managers -- may gain basic knowledge about archeology. The course provides opportunities to learn about archeological methods and analysis and how to encourage concern for the preservation and protection of archeological resources. A park-based case study provides practice. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/AforI/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Interpretation for Archeologists. Archeologists and other resource professionals can take this training to gain a firm foundation in and understanding of the purpose, philosophy, and techniques of interpretation. The course encourages archeologists to frame their work for the public and to work with interpreters to integrate archeological perspectives into interpretive products and tell compelling stories.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/IforA/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Study Tour of Archeological Interpretation. View interpretation with “fresh eyes” to evaluate choices and strategies for interpreting archeology in parks and historic sites. Download worksheets to assist in evaluating both onsite interpretation and virtual visits.  Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/studytour/index.htm.  For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Assessment of Archeological Interpretation. Use the interpretive analysis model to evaluate the effectiveness of interpreting archeological resources on the basis of visitor experience at the levels of short-term outcomes, long-term outcomes, and audience feedback. Learn more about the National Park Service evaluation strategy. Register for the course in DOI Learn, then review the contents of the course website before returning to DOI Learn to complete a final assessment. The course website is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/aiassess/index.htm. For more information, contact Teresa Moyer (202-354-2124, teresa_moyer@nps.gov).

Wilderness

The Wilderness Act of 1964. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Evaluating a Minimum Requirements Analysis. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Deciding to Keep Wilderness Wild: Four Cornerstones for Wilderness Managers. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework. Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Wilderness Visitor Use Management. A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Strategies, and Monitoring Impacts and Uses.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Natural Resource Management in Wilderness. A suite of twelve courses: Fundamentals, Challenges in Natural Resource Restoration, Monitoring, Evaluating Proposals for Scientific Activity, Fish and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring, Threatened and Endangered Species, Air Quality, Soil and Water, Vegetation, Soundscapes, and Night Sky.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Cultural Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this linkfor course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness.  A suite of three courses: Fundamentals, Inventory and Monitoring, and Evaluating Scientific Proposals.  Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center/Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.  Click on this link for course information.  Contact: Tim Devine, 406-243-4612, tim_devine@nps.gov with any questions.

Retirement

Firefighter/Law Enforcement Officer Retirement Training for Human Resource Specialists, Managers and Supervisors. This course is designed to provide firefighter and law enforcement officer retirement training for human resources specialists, managers and supervisors. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

FERS Retirement Training for Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers. This course is designed to provide firefighters and law enforcement officers with information on FERS special retirement provisions so that they can manage their careers in such a way that they maximize their benefits. Special retirement provisions apply to employees occupying these positions and they have specific responsibilities that are critical to know about and act upon throughout their careers if they expect to qualify for special retirement. Cost: Free. For more information, see DOI Learn website: http://www.doi.gov/doilearn. Registration: DOI Learn Help Desk 1-866-466-1998 or email at doilearn@geolearning.com. FLERT Contact: William (Alan) Sizemore, Alan_Sizemore@ios.doi.gov 208-334-1556.

Supervision

New Supervisor Development Program. This new training and development program, which was begun last year, is designed specifically for first-time supervisors within the 12 month probationary period of their initial appointment. The New Supervisor Development Program (NSDP) is a blended learning program that is delivered both online and in residential (three day) sessions across the country in collaboration with Bureau of Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The online modules (completely free of cost) are available on DOILearn as preliminary work, and include the basics of in knowledge and skills for a first-time supervisor. Completion of these modules is followed by a three day Supervisory Skills Workshop (SSW) that provides synthesis and skills practice. The NSDP satisfies the initial 40-hour new supervisory training required by OPM (5CFR 412.202). There will be no cost to parks and regions in FY 2014 – all costs (tuition and travel) are being funded by WASO Learning and Development. Registrations for the SSW are managed via regional employee development officers by slot allocation.  For more information, please contact Katrina Roberts, NSDP Training Manager, 202-354-1471, or Katherine Callaway, 202-354-1403, or your regional employee development officer.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/training/ - click on Leadership Development Programs.