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Rendezvous 43.0

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October 15-18, 2020

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Welcome to Rendezvous 43.0! We're ready to invite you in!
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We might not be heading to Jacksonville, but that's no reason not to come together from afar to discuss the things we're all passionate about, the National Park Service and promoting the careers of her Rangers!

ANPR has put together a great program and unlike years past you don't even have to travel to attend. This year more than ever we need your support to make this a success!

Event Schedule
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Speakers & Panelists
Featured Keynote Speakers Include

Shawn Benge, NPS Deputy Director for Operations

Jennifer Flynn, NPS Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection

Kerry Olson, NPS Acting Associate Director for Interpretation, Education and Volunteers

Deb Liggett, Author of the soon to be released Ranger Chronicles: Tales from a Life in the National Parks

“One’s destination is never a place,” Henry Miller wrote, “but rather a new way of looking at things.” Deb would argue that it is both—a place and a new perspective. Deb’s wealth of NPS experience includes Great Sand Dunes, Grand Canyon, Big Bend, Dry Tortugas, Voyageurs, Everglades, Devils Tower, and finally Superintendent of Lake Clark National Park and Katmai National Park and Preserve.

She is an ANPR life member and has been a presenter at several past Ranger Rendezvous.

Ranger attitudes towards COVID-19

Preliminary results from a global survey
Dr. William Moreto

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the world. National economies have been adversely affected, travel and tourism has declined, and our daily social lives have been disrupted. It is believed that COVID-19 has had considerable ramifications for global conservation efforts, particularly as it relates to the management and monitoring of protected areas. This presentation will provide the preliminary results from a survey that collected frontline rangers’ attitudes towards the impact of COVID-19 on their professional and personal lives from around the world, including Australia, Bhutan, Ecuador, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the United States, amongst other nations.

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William D. Moreto, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he is the coordinator for the graduate crime analysis certificate program. He is also a faculty fellow at the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at UCF. He received his BA in Criminology from Simon Fraser University (Canada) and his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. His research centers on applying environmental criminology and crime science concepts to wildlife crime, as well as examining wildlife law enforcement from a criminal justice and policing perspective. He has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, and the Philippines. He has collaborated with World Wildlife Fund (WWG), Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), the International Ranger Federation (IRF), the Ranger Federation of Asia (RFA), and DAI. His research can be found in leading journals, including Justice Quarterly, British Journal of Criminology, Deviant Behavior, Qualitative Research, and Oryx: The International Journal of Conservation. He is the lead author of Wildlife Crime: An Environmental Criminology and Crime Science Perspective (Carolina Academic Press) and editor of Wildlife Crime: From Theory to Practice (Temple University Press).

One Planet, One Park

Shelton Johnson

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"Planetary changes impact national parks everywhere, but by sharing our challenges with national parks in other parts of the world we also increase the likelihood of sharing solutions too! What can we do individually and collectively to make those conversations a reality today rather than tomorrow? How can we identify those sister parks that really are part of our extended family? How can regular communications with rangers all over the world help us fulfill our mission to protect and preserve that sacred ground beneath our feet? What are the benefits of establishing such ties? How can we use today's technologies to bridge the gap of having those vital conversations tomorrow with other rangers that are facing similar challenges? Why is this important to the sustainability of all of our planet's protected lands? Finally, how do we create a future that we desire, and avoid one that we might otherwise inherit if we fail to act decisively right now?"

Featured Presentations
Yosemite Riot - 50 Years Later

A Sea Change weekend you maybe never heard of!

This country in the late 1960s, early 1970s …social, cultural, racial, and political pain and turmoil ‘as far as the eye could see.’ To name but a few: Vietnam. Woodstock. Kent State. Race Riots. Bra burning. Sexual Revolution. Counter-Culture. Hippies. LSD. Watergate. The ill-fated incident in Yosemite’s Stoneman Meadow that weekend was really but a blip on our country’s national radar at the time, but its fallout might just be singular in the often-checkered chronicle of the NPS.

This panel presentation will take you 50 years back in time and walk you through the Yosemite Riot, and the impacts that this event had on the National Park Service as a whole.

Featured speakers will include:

  • David Vassar, writer and director of Documentary Films and Television. Academy Award Nominee, Documentary Feature Film, “Generation on the Wind” (1980), Three Emmy nominations, one Emmy win, "River in Disguise” (1986), and winner of the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival - Best Non-Broadcast Program, "Spirit of Yosemite” (2001). As well as producer, writer, director of a great many other notable films, principally relating to the environment and national parks. David was also a seasonal ranger-naturalist in Yosemite for several summers immediately following the "riot." If not for David, the importance of this incident would not have been realized since it was he who captured much of it on film and thus soon seen by the NPS Director, resulting in the aftermath that Melody Webb (see below) will be able to speak to. He and his wife own a film-production company, Backcountry Pictures
  • Melody Webb, PhD., National Park Service Historian and park superintendent who has been researching a book on the riot and its aftermath.
  • Owen Hoffman, PhD. who was a seasonal interpreter interviewed by David Vassar in the meadow that day.
  • Butch Farabee Panel Moderator
How to Engage Deaf and Hard of Hearing Visitors in Your Park

Kara Stella

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Would you like to connect with deaf visitors, but you don't know the first thing? Come along to learn about the Deaf World - culture, language, tradition, discrimination and the law. Kara will use stories from the parks to illustrate what these visitors are looking for, what we are required to provide, and how you might offer it.

Kara Stella is an Interpretive Specialist in Yosemite National Park. She serves as the park's Interpretive Coach and Trainer, as well as the park's Deaf Services Coordinator. Her B.S. is from Humboldt State University in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation, she is a Certified Interpretive Trainer with NAI and is a nationally certified American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter. Kara has been working in the fields of natural resource interpretation and American Sign Language interpretation for 22 years. Her current focus is how to bring play, empathy and dialogue into our personal and professional lives.

Lessons from Operational Leadership
Part I: Fatigue, Performance Decline, and You Don't Even Realize It
Part II: Connecting the Dots Between Employee Viewpoints and Employee Casualties

Mark Herberger

Human error is the leading cause of workplace incidents and near misses, and continues to be the #1 cause of accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the NPS. NPS Operational Leadership is the behavior-based component to the NPS Safety, Health, & Wellness Management System. It focusses on reducing the human factors that lead to poor judgment, inattention, and ineffective supervision. It is a personal invitation to help employees increase their awareness of human factors and risk management in day-to-day situations.

Careers in the National Park Service
A Menu of Options

Ken Bigley
Deputy Superintendent

There is no one path to an NPS career. It's more like choosing from an array of highly enticing options on a menu. Ken Bigley will share a bit of his career story, and provide an overview of some of the different routes that one can follow in pursuit of an NPS career. Topics will include hiring authorities, strategies, and crafting the successful resume.

Ken Bigley is the Deputy Superintendent at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA. Ken started his career as a volunteer and SCA in Interpretation at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 1991 and subsequently spent several years traveling around the country as a seasonal. Since his first permanent job at Grand Canyon National Park in 1997, Ken has held a variety of positions in Interpretation and Administration. He currently lives in Herndon, VA, with his wife (also an NPS employee) and 3 teenagers, and therefore is always happy to talk about the challenges of balancing career and family!

A Conversation with ANPR’s Partners

This session will feature John Garder, Senior Director of Budget and Appropriations at the National Parks Conservation Association; Phil Francis, Chair of the Executive Council of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks; and Maureen Finnerty, CEO of the Park Institute of America. Each will provide a short summary of their organizations’ key goals and the current critical issues they are working on. They will also share their thoughts about how their organizations and ANPR might work more closely together toward common interests.

Phil Francis retired in 2013 as Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway after serving 41 years in the NPS in a variety of positions ranging from Park Ranger to Administrative Officer, Associate Regional Director, and Superintendent. He received a Meritorious Service Award and completed the SES Candidate Development Program. Phil is now Chair of the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks."

Maureen Finnerty currently serves as the CEO of the Park Institute of America. She is a well-respected leader in the National Parks Service, with a 30 plus year career. Maureen served as Superintendent for both Everglades and Olympic National Parks, and served as the Regional Associate Director, Operations in Philadelphia. She also served as the Associate Director, Operations at WASO. Outside of the NPS, Maureen served as the President of ANPR from 1985 to 1986 and has been heavily involved with the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, spending 12 years on the Executive Council and also serving as the Chair from 2012-2017.

Let's Talk! Promoting Cultural Humility in Parks

The National Park service is dedicated to conserving unimpaired the natural and cultural resources of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. Parks can serve to remind us of some of the more challenging times in our history, and as a people, our quality of life depends on the protection of nature, the accessibility of open space and recreation opportunities. Our nation is at a crossroads as our country grapples with the challenges facing our democracy. The park service is charged with providing equitable access to parks and creating opportunities for people to amply their voices to enhance and challenge the collective narrative. Through conscious and compassionate consideration, we can prepare for and adhere to the inevitable changes in society. By practicing cultural humility and caring for the parks we care for ourselves and act on behalf of the future. Let’s talk.

Stress and Resilience Training Presented by Blue Courage

Note, for this event only you must also register separately at the following link:

The Blue Courage Resilience Training is a two hour block of instruction designed to introduce the student to a new philosophy of resilience that includes easy to learn self-regulation/resilience building skills to be applied in daily life. Moving from a state of overwhelm to flow is possible through application of this evidence based training that is backed by science. Improvement with sleep, creativity, situational awareness and ability to handle challenge while at the same time decreasing depression, fatigue and anxiety are among the outcomes possible through the integration of this training into daily life.

About Blue Courage: Blue Courage provides a variety of quality training to local, state, and federal law enforcement, public safety, and other government agencies, and community-based organizations. The Blue Courage mission is to illuminate a path forward so that we ignite transformation in the individuals and organizations that we engage through our ground-breaking educational and consulting services. Transformation occurs with the small, consistent, incremental changes that amplify and reset current benchmarks of performance. Capacity continuously grows by enhancing our ability to execute, experience, and understand practical applications and tools that can be effectively used to ritualize capacity building practices — both professionally and personally.

Adventure of a Lifetime

Highlights from the 9th World Ranger Congress in Nepal

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Attending a World Ranger Congress can be a life-changing and eye-opening experience. Join several ANPR members who were among the 500 plus Rangers from around the world who attended the 9th World Ranger Congress in Sauraha, Nepal in November 2019. This was the first World Ranger Congress held in Asia!

You will hear about adventures traveling to Nepal, exploring Chitwan and Sagarmāthā National Parks, the primary issues of concern from the Congress, and the meaningful connections made along the way.

ANPR Member Updates
State of the Association

Updates from Your ANPR Board of Directors

Please join ANPR President Paul Anderson and your Board of Directors to learn about the most significant ANPR updates from 2019 and 2020. This is your opportunity to ask questions and engage directly with your Board.

Some highlights will include:

  • ANPR’s successes and priorities for the coming year
  • The 2020 Treasurer’s Report
  • Updates on the ANPR Mentorship Program and the Oral History Program
  • Changes in Ranger Magazine
  • and more!
ANPR Membership Meeting

Continuing a long-standing tradition, ANPR members from across the United States will join together to discuss issues with the ANPR Board of Directors. All ANPR members are welcome to engage with the Board. Share your thoughts on the State of ANPR and help strengthen the ANPR community for current and future Rangers.

Supported By

Pilot Rock is a proud supporter of Rendezvous 43.0

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