U.S. National Park Service Conservation Study Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Vermont

University of Vermont

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U.S. National Park Service Conservation Study Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Vermont

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont is pleased to offer the Conservation Study Institute

Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship supports doctoral study in the Rubenstein School and is jointly sponsored by the Conservation Study Institute and the Rubenstein School. The Conservation Study Institute is an entity of the National Park Service that advances innovation in the stewardship of the national park system. The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources offers degrees in higher e

English: Jon Jarvis, Director of the National ...

English: Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ducation at the BS, MS, and Ph.D. levels. In preparation for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, the doctoral fellowship will address “Parks in Their Second Century” and is designed to help inform the National Park Service in ways that will help it meet the opportunities and challenges of its second century. The doctoral student will be housed in the Rubenstein School’s Park Studies Laboratory and will participate in the Lab’s long-term program of research in the national parks. For more information on the fellowship, please contact Professor Robert Manning:

Robert.Manning

(802) 656-3096

CSI Doctoral Fellowship Announcement.pdf


Glen Canyon Dam LTEMP EIS Upcoming Public Meeting to Discuss Alternatives

LTEMP EIS Upcoming Public Meeting to Discuss Alternatives
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The public is invited to participate in a two-day meeting on alternatives being considered for inclusion in the Glen Canyon DamLong Term

Glen Canyon Dam

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Experimental and Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (LTEMP EIS) being prepared by the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the National Park Service (NPS). The meeting will be held on April 4 and 5 at the High Country Conference Center located at 201 West Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The preliminary draft alternatives being considered for evaluation will be presented and discussed at this meeting hosted by Reclamation and the NPS. Stakeholders and other attendees who have alternatives to propose should bring those ideas to the meeting. PowerPoint slides and posters are welcome. To be added to the agenda, register for the meeting as explained below, provide your email address, and indicate that you will be presenting an alternative.

Those wishing to attend the meeting are encouraged to register through the LTEMP EIS Web site at http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/, but registration is not required.
Alternatives to be considered in the EIS must meet the purpose and need of the LTEMP. The EIS will document and evaluate the impacts of the alternatives carried forward for analysis.

For More Information
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To learn more about how you can participate in the EIS process, visit the “Getting Involved” page of the LTEMP EIS Web Site
(http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/index.cfm).

If you have questions or need more information, contact the LTEMP EIS Webmaster at ltempeiswebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the LTEMP EIS.

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Grand Canyon LTEMP EIS Scoping Report Available and Web-Based Meetings

LTEMP EIS Scoping Report Available
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Public comments on the scope of the Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Glen Canyon Dam operations were gathered by the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the National Park Service (NPS) during the Public Scoping Period, which closed on January 31, 2012. A series of public scoping meetings were held in November 2011. During these meetings, Reclamation and the NPS provided the public with information about the LTEMP EIS and opportunities to meet with and ask questions of technical experts.

Reclamation and the NPS have reviewed and evaluated the comments received and developed the “Summary of Public Scoping Comments on the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement” (Scoping Report), which is now available on the Documents page of the LTEMP EIS Web site at http://ltempeis.anl.gov/documents/

Upcoming Web-Based Public Meetings
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Two Web-based public meetings will be held on March 27, 2012 at 1:00pm and 6:00pm Mountain Daylight Time. The public is invited to participate in these meetings, which will provide a summary of public comments on the scope of the LTEMP EIS. The public will be able to watch a live overview of the Scoping Report, and will have an opportunity to ask questions of technical experts and managers involved in the EIS.

Those wishing to participate are encouraged to register through the LTEMP EIS Web site at http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/, but registration is not required. Participants are encouraged to log on to the webcast about 15 minutes before the start of each meeting to ensure they are connected before the meeting begins. For instructions on how to join and how to ask questions during the meetings, see
http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/

For More Information
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To learn more about how you can participate in the EIS process, visit the “Getting Involved” page of the LTEMP EIS Web Site
(http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/index.cfm).

If you have questions or need more information, contact the LTEMP EIS Webmaster at ltempeiswebmaster@anl.gov

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the LTEMP EIS.

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Grand Canyon Raft Company Summer Job

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Arizona Raft Adventures & Grand Canyon Discovery

Warehouse Personnel Job summary

Overview:

AzRA/Discoevry is a licensed concessioner for the Grand Canyon National Park. We offer 6 to 16 day rafting tours through Grand Canyon National Park on the Colorado River. We are looking for part/full time warehouse employees to help with pre and post trip logistics. The positions will be up to forty hours a week and run from April to October, 2012.

General Responsibilities:

Maintain a safe and clean warehouse/work area

Be able to work well with others

Be in sound physical condition (able to lift 70 pounds)

Maintenance and repair of river equipment

Assist guide crew in safely loading and unloading trucks

Pre packing equipment for outgoing river trips

Licenses and skills:

Must have a drivers license

Willing to obtain a forklift operator certificate

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT

It is AzRA/Discovery’s to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals based on job related qualifications. AzRA/Discovery complies with all federal, state, and local non-discrimination laws in all aspects of employment including recruiting, hiring, promotion, development, transfer, and disciplinary action.

DRUG-FREE WORK ENVIRONMENT AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

AzRA/Discovery has always followed and will continue to follow all State, Federal, and National Park Service rules and regulations concerning a drug-free work environment (pre-employment and random drug testing).

HOW TO APPLY

Send a resume to fred and jed by March 19th. Include with the resume a phone number and your availability. This is no way a river position or away to become a guide.

Thank you,

Fred Thevenin

Arizona Raft Adventures & Grand Canyon Discovery

4050 E Huntington Dr. Flagstaff, AZ 86004

928-526-8200, 800-786-7238

www.azraft.com, AzRA on Facebook, AzRA YouTube Channel

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Call to Action continues: Grand Canyon Overflights and stop blocking the NPS process

Please continue to call into Senators Reid and McCain’s offices to ask them to save the natural quiet at the Grand Canyon and stop blocking the NPS process.  This bad amendment to the transportation bill (S. 1813) needs to be withdrawn so that the EIS on overflights can move forward.

Senator McCain:
DC Phone number: 202-224-2235
Contact form: http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Senator Reid:
DC Phone number: 202-224-3542
Contact form: http://www.reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Be a canyon advocate and contact them TODAY!

See the Grand Canyon River Guides Response Below for ideas:

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Grand Canyon River Guides Association

PO Box 1934

Flagstaff, AZ 86002

(928) 773-1075 phone

(928) 773-8523 fax

gcrg@infomagic.net

www.gcrg.org March 1, 2012

Dear Senator,

Grand Canyon River Guides is a non-profit educational and environmental organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Grand Canyon and the Colorado River experience for future generations to enjoy. On behalf of our 1,600+ members, we would like to express our deep concern over the proposed amendment No. 1669 to the Senate transportation bill, S. 1813. Our specific concerns center on two factors:

1) Changing the language of Section 3 of Public Law 100-91 (the National Park Overflights Act of 1987), from “aircraft” to “commercial air tour” essentially renders not only park research invalid, but also the Draft EIS itself, which was based on the mandates of the Overflights Act as currently written.

2) By providing an incentive such as increasing flight allocations for operators who convert to quiet aircraft technology (which is not really quiet, just less noisy), the amendment would actually increase air tour numbers, thereby exacerbating the noise problem rather than solving it. Converting to quiet technology should be considered as the cost of doing business in Grand Canyon, and a strict requirement integral to operating responsibly in one of the natural wonders of the world.

Many of our members spend a good portion of their lives in the depths of Grand Canyon and we have been deeply privileged to experience, appreciate, and contemplate natural quiet on an intimate level. Having that experience, and knowing how much that precious resource is at risk of disappearing altogether, prompts us to defend natural quiet’s continued existence as a defining characteristic of Grand Canyon.

We urge you not to disenfranchise the American public – people who care deeply about all of Grand Canyon’s resources including natural quiet. Nearly 30,000 people commented on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park. It is of note that the majority of those comments were in support of restoring natural quiet to this icon park. The National Park Service is poised to release a Final EIS this spring which will address the impact of aircraft noise on park resources and the visitor experience.

Let’s not derail an important public process that has been so very long in coming on this contentious issue. Natural quiet is a prime value which has essentially vanished in the heart of Grand Canyon, necessitating definitive action for its restoration. We must move forward on this issue, and the proposed amendment makes that impossible.

Sincerely,

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The Officers and Board of Directors

Grand Canyon River Guides, Inc.

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AZ Republic – Congress must not derail anti-noise plan

Congress must not derail anti-noise plan

Mar. 1, 2012

The Republic | azcentral.com

After years of work, and decades of delay, the National Park Service is about to adopt a plan to manage aircraft noise at the Grand Canyon.

Bright Angel Point trail - Grand Canyon North Rim

Bright Angel Point trail - Grand Canyon North Rim (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)

Congress must not derail it.

The 1987 National Park Overflights Act called for the substantial restoration of natural quiet at the Grand Canyon.

Now, with that goal in sight, a proposed amendment to the Senate surface transportation bill would throw the process off track. It would change the wording of the 1987 law — setting the stage for years of litigation and yet more delay.

Sen. John McCain is sponsoring this measure. And Sen. Jon Kyl has signed on as a co-sponsor. So have Nevada’s Dean Heller and, making this a bipartisan misconcieved idea, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Why such high interest in Nevada? Air tours to the Grand Canyon happen to be big business in Las Vegas.)

This is their second effort. In 2010, when since-resigned John Ensign was Reid’s Senate mate, the four Arizona and Nevada senators proposed an end-run around the planning process. That legislation was ultimately withdrawn. This one should be dropped, too.

The National Park Service released its draft environmental document last year. The “preferred alternative” strikes a well-calibrated balance between reduced noise and opportunities for air tours. It would allow up to 65,000 air tours a year, 8,000 more than the total when the plan was written. It includes changes in routes and altitudes, plus at least one hour of quiet time before sunset and after sunrise.

The park service received nearly 30,000 comments from individuals and organizations. The final plan, which will likely be tweaked in response to some of those concerns, will be out this spring. Then the Federal Aviation Administration will consider the plan for safety issues.

McCain’s office says the proposed amendment would incentivize quiet technology and address FAA safety concerns. The plan, however, includes incentives for quiet technology that don’t conflict with the goal of reducing noise. The FAA’s concerns can and should be worked out in the final stages of the plan.

The majesty of the Grand Canyon includes the chance to experience natural quiet. The swish of wind through pines and the rush of the Colorado River echoing up the trail are valuable resources that need protection, just as archaeological sites do. We are so close to achieving that protection. Congress should not change the rules of the game in the very last minutes of play.

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Guiding Opportunity at Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona Outback Adventures will be conducting a series of day hikes on various trails at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on May 19th 2012.

We are recruiting guides to join our existing staff for three days of work on a contract basis.

Pay is $100.00-$120.00 per day dependent upon experience and qualifications

Guaranteed gratuity plus additional tips possible

All meals, park entrance and camping fees included

Applicants are required to have:

·          Current WFR certification (or higher)

·          Current CPR certification

·          Good general knowledge of Grand Canyon’s history, geology, flora and fauna

·          Experience hiking the main trails from the South Rim

·          The ability to handle a group of seven diverse hikers on your own

·          The ability to follow specific instructions and procedures

·          A day pack, comprehensive first aid kit, trowel and all appropriate clothing and footwear for changing weather conditions

·          Be physically fit

·          Have a pleasant, friendly and engaging personality

·          Have a presentable appearance

·          Be available from 5:00am 5/17 through 9:00pm 5/19

·          Experienced Grand Canyon hiking and rafting  guides preferred

To apply email tim@aoa-adventures.com with a brief outline of your experience and qualifications, list all trails that you have hiked from the Main South Rim area (Hermit to Grandview) and the approximate number of times on each trail. Attach a current photo and a single sheet with a color scan of your Driver’s License, WFR Card and CPR card (if separate) with expiration dates clearly showing.

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