November 2017 Print


Doug Romig, Deputy Director
Polk County Conservation Board, Iowa


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SEPI Marketing Donates Warehouse for Hurricane Relief
Courtesy of Southeast Publications

By Brian McGuinn

Plantation, FL – (October 21st, 2017) SEPI Marketing’s employees turned busy volunteers are hard at work unloading, sorting and repacking donations given from South Florida communities to aid the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

SEPI Marketing donated over 12,000 square feet of their warehouse as a staging area for donations to the people of Puerto Rico. Directing Southeast efforts to help was Shuzz Foundation, a 501 (c3) relief organization that is best known for supplying over 108,000 pairs of shoes to the needy. At the helm for Shuzz Foundation was Committee Member Enid Alvarado. “Southeast Publications has done an extraordinary job in helping with the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief efforts. From the kindness of their hearts, they opened their warehouse for us to store all the supplies collected by different organizations in the Tri-County area. They have gone above and beyond, from allowing us to utilize all their equipment and supplies to lending they’re own staff and executives to help. It has been an overall amazing experience to work with Southeast Publications, and they’re an amazing staff. The people of Puerto Rico will be forever thankful, and so will I,” Mrs. Alvarado states.

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Shawnee County Parks and Rec official Terry Bertels to retire after 33 years
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KANSAS - Terry Bertels played a key role in shaping what this community offers in terms of parks and recreation.

Bertels, deputy director of Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, is retiring and will end a 33-year career in parks and recreation when he works his final day with that department on Nov. 9, the department announced in a news release Thursday.

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Hamilton County Parks fined for archaeological digs into Native American graves
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By Chris Sikich

INDIANA - The U.S. Department of the Interior has fined the Hamilton County Parks Department for violating a federal law designed to protect Native American graves.

From 2001 to 2011, archaeologists from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne excavated Native American sites at Strawtown Koteewi Park. They pulled some 500,000 items from the ground, including more than 90,000 artifacts associated with human remains and 200 human bone and teeth samples, and put them in storage for potential study.

The archaeologists and park officials failed to notify and consult with tribal leaders during the excavations, as required by federal law. Several Native American tribes filed complaints after learned about the work. In 2013, the Department of the Interior issued two citations.

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DOT releases first details on Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program

By Kevan Stone, Christopher Harvey

On November 2, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled details for the newly announced Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program. The program, designed to partner state and local governments with industry stakeholders, will allow county governments to determine what local rules and regulations will best cater to their communities while bringing innovative technology within their county lines. The rollout event, held at DOT headquarters, provided the first details for the program, indicated key deadlines, and showcased a website for guidance in the application process.

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Why Three National Organizations Came Together to Promote Proximity to Parks

NRPA recently joined forces with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to promote everyone having access to a great park within a 10-minute walk. The 10-Minute Walk campaign has launched with remarkable success -- more than 140 mayors have already signed on to improve quality access to parks in their cities and towns. On Open Space Radio, we talk with TPL's Adrian Benepe, ULI's Rachel McCleary and NRPA's Kevin O'Hara about how this campaign came to be, why a "10-minute walk" and more. 

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Leave No Trace program - Hot Spots
Courtesy of LNT

The Peekamoose Blue Hole is a gem of the Northeast. The cool, spring fed water keeps this swimming hole a stunning blue color. The pool's rising fame has exponentially increased visitors and the impacts that follow them. With anywhere from 600-2000 visitors in a weekend, the 3/4 acre Blue Hole sees its fair share of impacts including soil erosion, trampled vegetation, litter, food waste, human waste, pet waste, loud music, social trails and wildlife impacts.

During the Hot Spot weekend, the Leave No Trace team put on 13 events including several public workshops, effective communication workshops for agency employees and environmental organizations/educators and a service day. Much of the teams' time was spent at Blue Hole where they made an educational connection with each visitor onsite. They armed visitors with crucial Leave No Trace information, information on other swimming areas to visit and a trash bag.

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Arizona Outdoor Adventure Quest: Are you up to the challenge?
Courtesy of AZ Central

By Weldon B. Johnson

For folks who want to enjoy the outdoors but can’t bear to spend time apart from their smartphones, Arizona Parks & Trails has a fun proposition.

The parks agency is teaming up with Outdoor Adventure Quest to present their second app-based outdoor scavenger hunt of sorts.

Participants download an Outdoor Adventure Quest app, register and head out during the weekend of Dec. 8-10 to complete a variety of activities and tasks in parks and on trails, lakes and mountains throughout the state.

There are more than 500 tasks such as hiking, biking, camping, off-roading and more. Teams earn points for completing as many as possible and can win prizes. Participants keep track of their progress through the app to see how they stack up to others.

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Reimagining Conservation: The Next 100 Years
Courtesy of NRPA

By Kevin Bryan and Robert García

In March 2016, 35 grassroots organizations came together for the first-of-a-kind discussion among civil rights, environmental justice, health equity and grassroots conservation organizations pursuing a shared vision of a more diverse and inclusive culture in managing and preserving our nation’s public lands and waters.

Most members of this group, the Next 100 Coalition, represent communities of color that have consistently found themselves on the fringes of opportunity. It includes organizations that empower their constituents to realize their connection to the natural world and to understand how that connection can transform their lives and the lives of their families and communities. The Next 100 Coalition sees great opportunity in our public parks and waters, and is working to shape the next 100 years of conservation, public health and the economy.

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As Hundreds of Golf Courses Close, Nature Gets a Chance to Make a Comeback
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By Travis Wood

No longer constrained by repeated mowing and herbicide applications, the manicured fairways of the shuttered Highlands Golf Course in western Michigan have given way to tall grasses swaying in the breeze, interrupted only by more than 2 miles of looping trails in what is now The Highlands natural area.

By annexing the 121-acre Highlands Golf Course, the Blandford Nature Center is following a path blazed by organizations in at least 13 states across the country: converting courses closed due to reduced demand into nature preserves, parks and restored wetlands. From Washington to New Jersey and Florida to Wisconsin, dozens of golf courses have been transformed into natural areas, providing new recreational and environmental education opportunities to surrounding communities and restoring habitat for native plants and animals.

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Urban Refuge: How Cities Can Help Rebuild Declining Bee Populations
Courtesy of Yale Environment 360

By Janet Marinelli

In the 21st century, urban green spaces must be many things: verdant getaways, playgrounds, gathering spots. As cities continue to sprawl across the planet, leaving mere patches and fragments of wilderness in their wake, gardens increasingly must also serve as living space for native plants and animals. Not every species is amenable to city life, but from Berlin to Melbourne to Berkeley, researchers are finding that flower patches — in parks, residential properties, community vegetable plots, and vacant lots — support surprisingly healthy populations of bees, the most important pollinators in agricultural and most natural areas. In a few cases, urban bee populations are more diverse and abundant than those outside the city.

In fact, as Rebecca Tonietto was surveying bees in Chicago in 2008, just four years after the Lurie Garden opened to much fanfare, she made a remarkable discovery. Among the lanky sunflowers and bursts of purple bee balm was Lasioglossum michiganense, a native sweat bee never before found in Illinois, collecting pollen and nectar on the enormous green roof, the most urban of landscapes.

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Nurturing Neighborhoods

By Clement Lau

CALIFORNIA - There are more than 3,000 parks in Los Angeles County. Some are managed by the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation. Others belong to the park systems of the 88 cities inside the county’s 4,084 square miles. Still others are state and federal parklands. All in all, park and open space covers more than 901,000 acres.

But some communities are critically lacking in parks. A few years ago, LA County launched a master planning effort for a slice of that underserved group, creating plans for six of its most park-poor unincorporated communities. That effort set the stage for much bigger things, including the county’s first wideranging evaluation of parks countywide and the passage of a funding measure that will generate about $94 million annually. It also has helped the county see parks through a lens of sustainability.

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What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments?
Courtesy of High Country News

By Rebecca Worby

On a rainy July day in 2014, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument paleontologist Alan Titus made an unexpected find on the Kaiparowits Plateau. He’d been over this area — a flat gray expanse interrupted by scraggly piñon and juniper — at least five times before. But the recent heavy rains had exposed new bone: part of a tyrannosaur skull. “I just got goose bumps,” Titus said. As he and his team started digging at the site, which they nicknamed “Rainbows and Unicorns,” they discovered the fossilized remains of an entire tyrannosaur family.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s monuments memorandum, which leaked to the press in September, notes that an estimated “several billion tons” of coal lie within Grand Staircase-Escalante, and recommends redrawing the monument’s boundaries. Zinke visited the still-smoldering coal seam during his Utah monuments “listening tour” last May. Though details have yet to be made public, Trump reportedly told Hatch, in a phone call on Oct. 27, that he intends to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments — and open up the Kaiparowits Plateau to coal mining.

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Why has fashion trumped utility on the trail?
Courtesy of High Country News

BY Russ Hanbey

Net nuzhdy — “There is no need.” That’s what two former Russian soldiers said when I asked if they needed to borrow socks to wear with their old boots instead of the rags I saw wrapped around their feet.

I ran into them some 20 years ago as they were wandering the high country of Washington’s North Central Cascades. At their camp, they were using an ancient alcohol stove for heat, and instead of backpacks, they carried what they needed in burlap bags slung over their shoulders. You would not find these guys on the latest cover of the North Face gear catalog.

I thought of them recently while considering the slow transformation of trail style over the last decade or two. Does it feel as though an essential part of today’s outdoor experience involves how you look, how little weight you’re shouldering and what technology you’ve somehow found indispensable? Are we no longer allowed to look like slobs when we’re on the trail? Must everything weigh next to nothing? When did form trump function as a buying preference, and who can afford all of this?

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Outdoor Recreation Industry Praises Interior’s Creation of New Recreation Advisory Committee, Appointment of “Recreation Czar”
Courtesy of the American Recreation Coalition

The U.S. Department of the Interior is devoting important new resources to outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters. Secretary Ryan Zinke today announced the creation of a Recreation Advisory Committee to help improve visitor experiences through expanded public-private partnerships. The committee will be “dedicated to looking at public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving the infrastructure on public lands.” The Secretary has also appointed former Navy SEAL Captain Rick May as a new Senior Advisor to the Secretary, focusing on outdoor recreation.

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City of Atlanta pledges $60 million to buy remainder of BeltLine corridor
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By Maria Saporta

GEORGIA - The City of Atlanta has agreed to allocate $60 million to Atlanta BeltLine Inc. for the acquisition of real estate along the 22-mile corridor.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed made the announcement at the ribbon-cutting of the one-mile extension of the Eastside Trail.

“Everywhere the Atlanta BeltLine goes, the city comes alive and our neighbors come alive,” Reed told the people gathered along the trail newest endpoint – at Kirkwood Ave. SE. “We are going to connect 45 neighborhoods in the City of Atlanta.”

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52 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump
Courtesy of the New York Times

By Nadja Popovich and Livia Albeck-Ripka

Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.

To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 50 environmental rules, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

The chart reflects three types of policy changes: rules that have been officially reversed; announcements and changes still in progress, pending reviews and other rulemaking procedures; and regulations whose status is unclear because of delays or court actions.

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Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
Courtesy of NICP

5 Day Basic CPTED Course
- Riverside, CA - Dec. 4 - 8, 2017
- City of Commerce, CA - Feb. 12 - 16, 2018
- Las Vegas, NV - Feb.26 - Mar. 2, 2018
- Appleton, WI - Mar. 5 - 9, 2018
- Greenville, SC - May 7 - 11, 2018
- Dallas, TX - May 21 - 25, 2018
- Las Vegas, NV - Sept. 17 - 21, 2018

3 Day Advanced CPTED Course
- San Luis Obispo, CA - Nov. 28-30, 2017
- Golden, CO - Dec. 5 - 7, 2017
- Las Vegas, NV - Apr. 23 - 25, 2018
- Greenville, SC - Oct. 8 - 10, 2018
- Las Vegas, NV - Nov. 5 -7. 2018

2 Day CPTED Specialized Topics
- Las Vegas, NV - Apr. 26 - 27, 2018
- Greenville, SC - Oct. 11 - 12, 2018
- Las Vegas, NV - Nov. 8 - 9, 2018

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Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Academy

February 19-23, 2018 - McAllen, Texas

Registration is open for the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies' Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Working Group second Academy titled "Practical Training for Practitioners! Making what we do better and easier." The Academy covers a wide variety of nature tourism, planning, marketing, diversity and other related topics and includes speakers from all over the US and Canada. The agenda includes outstanding keynote presentations, dozens of breakout sessions on a variety of topics and informational networking events aimed at providing a high “take away” value with real world tools and case studies that participants can use and replicate in their own organizations and agencies.

Registration is $275 and includes lunch, snacks and dinner each day with the host hotel providing breakfast, making this a very affordable conference. There is also a great pre-conference field trip on Monday, February 19th to South Padre Island that is open to registrants and anybody traveling with them at a cost of $75/person.

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Director Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Affairs
DeKalb County Government, Georgia
Posted October 17, 2017. Open until filled.

Director of Parks and Recreation
Queen Anne's County, Maryland
Posted October 19, 2017. Closes November 15, 2017.

Parks Superintendent
Polk County Conservation, Iowa
Posted October 19, 2017. Closes December 3, 2017.

Bureau Chief - Parks
Riverside Regional Park and Open-Space District, California
Posted November 3, 2017. Closes November 27, 2017.

Administrator of Parks and Recreation
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Posted November 10, 2017. Closes December 11, 2017.

Executive Director
Manhattan Park District, Illinois
Posted November 10, 2017. Closes December 13, 2017.

Executive Director
Hoffman Estates Park District, Illinois
Posted November 14, 2017. Closes January 8, 2018.

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