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Ranger Rendezvous 42

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Last Updated: October 14, 2019 20:28

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Join us at the 42nd annual Ranger Rendezvous in Everett, Washington -- with Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Parks; San Juan Island National Historical Park, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Seattle Unit), and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial (Minidoka National Historic Site, all nearby.

Mentoring, training, job networking, conversation and socializing opportunities will abound at this event. We will have our traditional photo contest (get published!), silent auction (donate and/or buy cool stuff!), raffle (earn prizes) ... and more. Sign up today if you're not already registered!

Schedule highlights:

Wednesday October 16: Board of Directors Meeting. Evening entertainment: NPS Trivia Contest
Thursday October 17: Interpretive and Resource focus. Keynote: Attorney John Ruple, "Lessons Not Learned in Downsizing National Monuments"
Friday October 18: Personal Career Development focus: Workplace Performance Management, Getting the Job You Want; Resume Peer Review. Address from Mike Gauthier
Saturday October 19: Resource and Visitor Protection, Search/Rescue, Emergency Medicine focus. John Muir Living History Performance.
Sunday October 20: Soaring to New Heights to create 21st Century Art.

Come for a day or stay for 5 days.
We can hardly wait to see you there!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The annual in person board of directors meeting will take place in the library of the event property, immediately adjacent to the hotel lobby. All ANPR members are welcome to attend. If you’d like to submit topics for discussion please use the from on our website: Board Submission Form.

If you're arriving in Everett early, ANPR is working to provide multiple day trip guides personally curated by our members from the local area!

Collect your welcome packets and t-shirts if you ordered them from the regisration desk.

To help unwind from your travels to Everett, join your fellow attendees to take part in a fiercely competitive trivia match.

The Hospitality suite is located just to the right of the lobby, down the hallway towards the pool. Chat with old friends and meet new ones!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Let the Mayor of the City of Everett Cassie Franklin and ANPR's Board welcome you to Everett and share with you what you have in store over the coming days.

John Ruple
Professor (Research)
M.S., Michigan State University
J.D. University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

John Ruple conducts research on public land and water resource management, including efforts to improve management efficiency and collaborative resource management between the federal and state governments. Prior to joining the Stegner Center, John worked as a Fellow with the University of Utah’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, where he addressed land and water issues involving energy development in Utah’s Uinta Basin. John also worked as policy analyst in Governor Jon Huntsman’s Public Lands Office, as an environmental attorney, and a NEPA contractor specializing in permitting for projects involving ski areas operating on National Forest System lands.

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This is a discussion video conference which will be led by Gil Lusk. Calling all NPS authors to share their experiences, means of preparation, and the trials and tribulations of writing and publishing in the realm of being an author while still being a government employee. This session is for all writers, interpreters and scientist who want to learn more about the processes and options for publishing your works. What are some of the tricks of the trade in selling your idea into becoming a published book and then the marketing of your book. This workshop is to provide professional skills insights for authors-in-development or as may apply to practical applications in promoting viewpoints within scientific, interpretive, or historical projects for broad general public distribution. Learn some of the risks and the ins and outs of developing and publishing in the realm of being either an active government employee, former employee or a retiree.

Parks are no longer a destination people visit on summer vacations and long weekends. Times have changed. Visitor expectations have changed. Parks have an opportunity to connect with visitors in a new way.

People no longer want to just visit a park. They want to know more. They want to be aware of the challenges and accomplishments of their favorite parks. They want to know the people who serve them. In short, they want to belong to the park community.

Individual Parks can use this as an opportunity to reach out to build stronger relationships with their local community as well as visitors from elsewhere. Using social media, email newsletters, audio content, surveys, and concentrated outreach, a park can build a devoted following of fans.

What is the difference between fans and park visitors? Visitors generally consume the services of a park (visitors are still important. It is why we do what we do). Fans are involved. Fans are devoted. Fans contribute, participate, and contribute. Fans belong to the park community rather than consider a park a place to visit.

We will discuss steps to build a fan base, how to reach out, and how to keep them engaged.

Brian Ettling will be speaking about his background seeing climate change in the national parks. He will emphasize the importance of interpreting climate change more as story telling rather than just giving facts.

Brian will highlight the 4 Key National Park Service (NPS) Messages for Speaking to park visitors about climate change: Human activities are changing Earth's Climate, Climate change affects national parks and the treasures they protect, NPS is addressing climate change, and the choices you make today make a difference.

He will also share tips he learned from to handle occasional park visitors who disagree strongly with the science of climate change, and other tips he learned how National Park Service rangers can better communicate about climate change in a national park setting.

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A luncheon discussion with retired Ranger Keith Hoofnagle will offer opportunities to learn about Keith’s experiences and the career dangers of being a cartoonist and illustrator for the National Park Service. Renowned and beloved for his contributions to the 1970’s “In Touch” newsletter, many a seasonal and employees remember the spot-on cartoons that were the must read of its times and the joy they brought. What may be lesser known is the contributions he made in having weekly cartoon articles in local newspapers featuring characters such as Clearcut or that Keith was fundamental with the original Earth Day efforts that are now the kick-off for annual National Park Week. Then of course there are the Rangeroons, which a nudist group wanted to co-opt for their mascot or at one-time, Disney entertained the idea of making product as well. But all of this was not without some threats to Keith’s professional career when some lacked the ability to understand the value of the satire and ability to laugh at ourselves.

Keith will have on hand to sell copies of his 50-year anniversary book “The Story of Linda Lookout”, which is a naturegraph re-published in 2016. It is a reminder to the vigils of being a fire lookout. This book provides a history of fire lookouts through cartoons, humor, and information that provides a knowledge of what living high on a fire lookout was like.

Join ANPR president-elect, Paul Anderson and board member for strategic planning, Jonathan Shafer to learn the results of ANPR's membership surveys and how they helped shape our new strategic plan.

After seeing a presentation, ANPR board members will facilitate listening sessions so that you can share your input about how ANPR should prioritize the many needs of its members. We want to know what is most important to you.

We also hope you'll share your ideas about how we should accomplish these goals in the years ahead.

Check your tickets! It's time for the first raffle of Ranger Rendezvous 42!


The National Park Service’s first director, Stephen Mather, introduced a paradigm to build stewardship for national parks—build facilities and infrastructure so people could enjoy the wonder of parks. Their enjoyment and experiences will inspire stewardship. Through roads and trails, campgrounds and lodges, visitor centers and parking lots, the National Park Service provided access for people to visit in relative comfort and convenience. The paradigm worked. For over 100 years, national parks have been consistently among the United States’ most popular and revered landscapes. This paradigm, however, can fail to build the same level of stewardship among people who experience barriers to visiting national parks. Webcams and online interpretation offer a meaningful way to break the paradigm.

Webcams Inspire Stewardship and Meaningful Connections:

Since 2012, explore.org has partnered with Katmai National Park to host live streaming webcams (bearcams) at Brooks River, showcasing brown bears fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls. The bearcams are extremely popular, watched by tens of millions of people annually. They are more than a novelty as well. Survey results of bearcam viewers indicate that the webcams not only increase viewer interest in national parks and wildlife conservation, but also that the connections people make to wildlife through the online “visit” is on par with on-site visitors.

By combining the webcam experience with interpretive programming, webcams become powerful tools to increase public awareness and appreciation of wildlife. This presentation discusses survey results of bearcam viewers and the interpretive methods used to reach online audiences. When combined with effective interpretation, webcams increase public awareness of wildlife, extend conservation messages to a broader audience, and expand messaging to pre and post on-site visitors. Webcams are powerful interpretive tools with great potential to increase awareness, understanding, and stewardship of national parks.

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As an integral part of the user’s entire recreation experience, Recreation.gov serves as a source for travel ideas, trip planning, booking, and social storytelling across America’s public lands, waterways, monuments and more. Recreation.gov provides the valuable tools to reserve public land locations, permits and tours that enable users to have meaningful experiences.

Everyone involved with Recreation.gov is committed to helping visitors experience our National treasures in meaningful ways that help them create lifetime memories. We are just as committed to helping public land managers with tools that allow them to more easily manage these special places for which they are charged with caring.

Recreation.gov representatives will provide highlights for the first year of operating with a completely redesigned platform, some lessons learned along the way and a look at what is coming in the future. To help inform the roadmap for the future, we invite participants at the Ranger Rendezvous to provide their experiences with the Recreation.gov platform and any insights that will contribute to evolving the service to better meet manager and visitor needs.

At the end of the day what really matters is that our visitors have amazing experiences across the special destinations we manage and “Bring Home a Story.”

Over the past 15 years, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (formerly the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees) has become an increasingly powerful voice for those who care deeply about the well-being and the future of the National Park System. The organization continues to grow and adapt effectively to a changing political, social, and fiscal environment. It continues to proactively identify and address challenges facing the national parks and work to protect park resources. Though some aspects of the Coalition have changed, such as its organizational structure, its fundamental mission has not. It continues to place high priority on the importance of maintaining its credibility and being the voice of experience.

Join Emily Thompson as she gives you an overview of the Coalition's Mission and Objectives.

Managing visitor use in national parks is an ever evolving task, balanced between experience and preservation. This presentation will briefly discuss the history of visitor use management within the context of the NPS and more thoroughly delve into recent social science research case studies that have been sponsored by the NPS to better carry out its dual-mandate.

Join us as we put on an assortment of classic park films from the Harpers Ferry Media Collection.

The Hospitality suite is located just to the right of the lobby, down the hallway towards the pool. Chat with old friends and meet new ones!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Welcome to Day 2 of Rendezvous

The Association of National Park Rangers is pleased to help facilitate an information system on retirement benefits through Foster Financial Services. Join us Friday, October 18th, 2019 for an information session to help you understand your financial future.

If you'd wish to register solely for this session, visit anpr.org/retire.

How to deliver effective feedback and appraisal to your direct reports, and deliver effective feedback to your co-workers and to your boss. And how to effectively receive feedback from others.

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The Association of National Park Rangers is pleased to help facilitate an information system on retirement benefits through Foster Financial Services. Join us Friday, October 18th, 2019 for an information session to help you understand your financial future.

If you'd wish to register solely for this session, visit anpr.org/retire.

Research shows that a leadership “strength” is often not a strength at all, and can be a significant weakness - without its complementary paradoxical behavior. Lessons learned from “out-of-balance” paradoxical behaviors.

Break for Lunch

Join in on the learning or just the fun of one or all three consecutive field sessions that will be presented and hosted by the City of Everett Parks and Community Services department. The field sessions will all be held at one of their busiest city parks for an afternoon of 1) canoeing, 2) orienteering, and 3) volunteer Service Project. This will be an informal “Teaching Adventure Skills” discussion while experiencing activities. Local park rangers will lead a guided canoe tour around Silver Lake located in South Everett. Ranger staff will also have an orienteering course set up to test your skills navigating through unfamiliar territory. Whether a first-time beginner or well experienced and accomplished at these skills, this field session is for you. Join in on the fun or just a chance to get a little exercise instead of sitting in a building all day. Share your skills with those who haven't had the opportunity to learn such skills. Please come prepared for all types of weather.

Activities will allow participants to exchange professional experiences between colleagues while participating in a growing demand in park interpretation & tourism, which is activity and adventure-based experiences.

The specifics of the service project will depend on how many people are interested in working on a project that will determine if a service project is done or not. The Service Project will be located at Silver Lake.

Lee Taylor, formerly Mount Rainier's chief of interpretation and superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, supervises the interpretation, facilities, natural/cultural resources, visitor and resources protection, and most administrative staff of Olympic NP. Among her other roles as park manager, Lee serves as Incident Commander in the multi-year, multi-agency, collaborative effort to translocate mountain goats from Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest (where they are non-native) to national forest areas in the North Cascades mountains. Lee delivers our Friday afternoon "superintendent's welcome" at the 42nd annual Ranger Rendezvous.

Mike Gauthier (pronounced "go-tee-ay," but whose nickname is "Gator") was sold on the National Park idea as a youth. He began his NPS career as a teenage backcountry volunteer at Olympic NP. Soon thereafter, he worked as an NPS fee collector, campground custodian, interpretive ranger, backcountry ranger, climbing ranger, firefighter, emergency medical technician, aviation manager, and search and rescue coordinator. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1992 (B.A., History). As supervisory climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park from 1990-2009, he led a team of climbing and rescue rangers on Mount Rainier and managed climbing, upper mountain rescue operations, and high camps, involving over 200 rescues. In 2009, Mike was accepted to the two-year Bevinetto Congressional Fellows program, a mid-career training program based in Washington, D.C., where he worked as aide to a U.S. Senator. In 2010, he served as liaison to the National Park Service for the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. Gauthier went on to become chief of staff (assistant to the superintendent) at Yosemite NP from 2010-2017. Since June 2017, Mike has been the superintendent of Nez Perce National Historical Park, located in ID, MT, OR, and WA.

Mountaineers Books reported that Mike was named a Wilderness Rescue Hero in 1998 by the American Red Cross, and in 2004, Men's Journal named him one of the 25 Toughest Men in America. ANPR is delighted to welcome a gentleman, photographer, climber, guidebook author, ranger and superintendent Mike Gauthier.

Experienced employees discuss meaningful conservation-oriented work, and how one may strive toward and (hopefully, one day) obtain a dream position. Topics can include: Hiring authorities; planning your career; what does it mean to "color your own parachute;" job search strategies; comparison of permanent/seasonal benefits; other agencies and organizations besides NPS where you can find available positions and gain necessary experience.

Facilitators: Nicole Koeltzow and Tom Banks

Listen to P.J. Ryan read from his favorite excerpts from his new book The Gospel According to Thunderbear followed by a Q and A session with Mr. Ryan. You might even relate to the circumstances and political environment when Thunderbear went from being an underground newsletter to that of a new “religion”, thus the Gospel of Thunderbear was born. For those of you who don’t know, Thunderbear is a 2,000 pound, ten foot tall beer drinking flying bear whose job is to protect the protectors of the environment: park rangers, forest rangers scientists, managers, and others engaged in defending public lands against rapacious developers, special interest groups and their politician friends. The first issue of Thunderbear some 41 years ago was released in April-May 1978. It is the oldest alternative newsletter in the Federal Government. It shares some of the traits as may be found the satirical “The Onion” articles. Thunderbear is a light-hearted take on the “behind the scenes” of American public land management by P.J. Ryan, a 30+ year veteran of the National Park Service.

This session will be video conferenced as Mr. Ryan will not be able to appear in person. However, he is very interested in hearing from you and responding in real time during the Q and A session. ANPR will not have any of his books for sale at the Rendezvous, but his book can be ordered directly from Mr. Ryan at thunderbear123@gmail.com

The nitty-gritty on resumés, cover letters, USAJOBS applications. Bring multiple copies of a current, targeted resumé or resumés (1-4 pages max.) and cover letter (1 page max.) Get critique and advice 1:1 from one or more senior ANPR members or other Rendezvous attendees. Optionally, bring one (1) comprehensive USAJOBS application (they call it a resume on USAJOBS) for reference.

After the workshop, optionally revise your resumés, make multiple copies, and pin a copy (or copies) to a bulletin board in the exhibitor room (or elsewhere) for others to see or take with them during the remainder of Ranger Rendezvous 42.

Your resumé and cover letter may inspire others, or they just might land you a job offer.

Facilitators: Tom Banks, Nicole Koeltzow, and TBD

ANPR is working to provide multiple day trip guides personally curated by our members from the local area!

Join us in the exhibitor hall for hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Starr Wright USA.

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The Hospitality suite is located just to the right of the lobby, down the hallway towards the pool. Chat with old friends and meet new ones!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Welcome to Day 3 of Rendezvous

This is an open forum panel discussion. Even though the emphasis will be on Law Enforcement (LE) functions, the panel discussion is not just for the LE minded as it will likely cover subjects that have wide ranging application affecting agency operations. Led by Rick Mossman and Mark Maciha, get the most current information with what is happening in the world of LE academies that serves as a pipeline to staffing demands in multiple federal, state, county and local land management agencies in fulfilling their enforcement needs. The changes that have been proposed by agencies and within the academies have been numerous this past year. Learn the difference of what is rumor, proposal that have failed before being initiated (leading to rumors) or actions that have merely been delayed for a variety of reasons but are still in the pipeline to possibly or probably occur. What does the future of LE academies look like in meeting changing demands and reorganizations of natural resource management agencies. All are welcome to participate and learn the latest.

Join Ramie Lynch from WASO as he takes you through the always engaging updates to the NPS uniform program.

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Newly selected NPS WASO National Chief Ranger John Leonard will update us on happenings within the Washington Office and broadly throughout the National Park Service. According to a colleague, "John remembers what it's like to work in the field, and is always thinking of what's best for the field. His candid manner is refreshing and helpful."


What are teams and what do they do? What positions need to be filled and how to get on a team and more will be covered in this important session related to a critical need in the National Park Service.

Chief Ranger Jeff Filosa will present and overview of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program and discuss when and how it's used and contrast it to other programs offered to park employees.

Is there a bear in the lodge? Is there a new wildfire by the visitor center? Is there a dignitary en route for a visit? Then there's probably a reporter who wants to talk about it.

Attend this session to learn tips and tricks from current NPS PIOs that help them prepare communications plans, media releases, and provide interviews. Come prepared to discuss and briefly practice communications techniques.

Watch feats of daring-do on famous rock walls and rivers in Butch Farabee’s slide show on his experiences in Yosemite (1 hour). Following this a workshop with discussion on preventing emergencies through planning, proper equipment, decision-making, experience, and leadership; and “self-rescue” vs. “when to stay put and call for help.” Weather permitting, for the last hour, participatory stations will be near the trees in the hotel’s east side parking lot (the highway side).

Mr. Muir, sometimes called the “Father of the National Parks,” will make an unprecedented appearance in Everett, Washington to retell stories of his travels to Mount Rainier, Alaska, and other parks and wildernesses around the country. He is willing to talk about his life’s work – as well as his memories of family and his adventures in and out of wilderness. After delivering some prepared introductory remarks, he dearly hopes you will actively participate by asking questions – lots of them – spurring his memory – to which he promises to respond with the biographical details, opinions, and adventure stories that he believes will most interest you.

As should be expected, this anachronistic time traveler is wholly unaware of world events occurring since 1914. (Muir was born in 1838 and died in 1914.) He is, for example, unaware of the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916. You are anachronistic to him, as well. If you are willing to converse, he will be interested to hear your opinions and learn about the adventures you’ve had in the outdoor places that you, and he, both love.

Muir’s spirit lives, and seeks to embrace the natural world wherever it is found – and is excited to meet others in Everett, who have chosen, as he did, a life enjoying, interpreting, maintaining, protecting and administering these special places that have been saved for future generations – Our National Parks.

The Hospitality suite is located just to the right of the lobby, down the hallway towards the pool. Chat with old friends and meet new ones!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Welcome to the final day of Ranger Rendezvous.

Join with Dr. Gil Lusk during his Skype presentation featuring the issues discussed in his new book, National Parks – Our Living National Treasures, A Time for Concern. The National Park Service has become an immensely popular concept with visitation equal to the national population of the United States every year. Along the way, the Service has picked up a few issues and stresses that endanger the mission of the NPS. Issues need to be addressed to allow the NPS to uphold its mission and continue to protect our national treasures for future generations. Dr. Lusk identifies of some of those issues and presents possible solutions, encapsulating experiences over his 35-year career and depicting what working for the Service entails and its challenges. The author will share his concerns for the future and the changes needed today to bring the Service back to its prime.

The presentation may be somewhat of a counterpoint viewpoint from other Rendezvous presentations, thus, allowing for broader and vibrant consideration and discussions for the future of the park services.

Gil’s book is available in paperback or for Kindle download through Amazon.

For the last four years Jonathan Schechter has served 40 day “tours of duty” as a volunteer lighthouse keeper for the National Park Service on South Manitou Island, a 5,200 acre wilderness island in Lake Michigan that is part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In a light and lively presentation he will share images and tales from the wilder side of Sleeping Bear including his pleasurable close-encounters with “brother coyote” that hunted gulls on the breakwall of the 1871 Lighthouse. The island is also home to huge American toads, Piping Plovers, Eastern Hognose Snakes and some of the largest Northern White Cedar trees in the United States. He will include information on rising water levels, the day visitors and campers that cross the Manitou Passage to reach the island and information on the national Volunteers-In-Parks program of the N.P.S, and how to get involved.

Thank you for being a part of this year's Ranger Rendezvous!

This break was made possible by the generous support of:

Lee Werst

Kathryn Murdoch

Tim Moore

Wendy Lauritzen

Jeff Ohlfs

Rebecca Jacobs

Bill Wade

Chris Reinhardt

Rick Erisman

Donna Erisman

Paul Anderson

Ed Rizzotto

Jonathan Shafer

Colleen Derber

Leah Farr

Liz Roberts

Clair Roberts

James Pierce

Meg Weesner

Tim Oliverius

Bill Sanders

Cheryl Hess

JD Swed

Carolyn Swed

Steve Thede

Jonathan Schecter

Butch Farabee

Linda Campbell

Jane Hendrick

Kathy Williams

Mark Herberger

Dick & Mary Martin

Stefan Ramirez

Artists and computers are merging in unexpected ways in the 21st century -- and the results are beautiful. Our presenter, a California painter and computer scientist, is creating interactive murals for world biosphere reserves, world heritage sites and national parks in the United States and around the world. He will guide us (artists and non-artists alike) to create artistic nature journals -- and will update us on the cutting-edge technology that is likely to change, vastly, the way rangers and visitors see and experience visitor centers.

Stearns, a TEDx speaker from Oakland, California, is the principal artist at Google Quantum AI. Currently working on an art project involving Olympic National Park, he has a passion for painting on quantum computers, rockets and endless journal pages.

Join Mount Rainier Chief Ranger Curt Dimmick for an aspirational send off message as you leave Ranger Rendezvous 42.

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