In the News - Friday,
October 9, 2009
stories written by John or
Elliott unless otherwise noted
this week's FRONT PAGE (PDF)
The monthly Three Rivers Town Hall meeting
returned last Monday, Oct. 5, to the Three Rivers
Memorial Building after a three month hiatus. There
were updates and news on several topics of interest.
Deb Schweizer, fire education specialist for Sequoia
and Kings Canyon National Parks, opened the forum
by introducing Jeff Bradybaugh, the interim superintendent
for the local national parks. Bradybaugh, a career
resource management specialist, is filling the vacancy
created by the retirement of Craig Axtell and comes
to Ash Mountain from Grand Canyon-Parashant National
Relative to fire, Deb announced that
the Azalea prescribed burn near Grant Grove had been
completed. Best-case scenario, she said, is that fire
managers are looking to complete another eight projects
before the end of fire season.
“It’s unlikely that everything will line
up to complete all the projects,” Deb said.
“Next on the agenda is the Ella burn, a 70-acre
parcel near Grant Grove, where the NPS hopes to begin
ignitions as soon as this Sunday [Oct. 11], and the
Quarry burn near the Sherman Tree in Giant Forest.”
The 45-acre burn near the Sherman Tree
will not necessitate any closures, Deb said. The largest
projects still out there is the 1,200-acre Mosquito/Fowler
burns in the Mineral King area.
Those combined burns are planned for
a few days before an approaching storm. Ignitions
in the steep terrain below the Tar Gap Trail, Deb
said, will be done by helicopter.
Dan Blackwell, parks’ chief of
maintenance, announced that the next few summer seasons
will be busy ones for road construction in Sequoia.
A series of upcoming projects are a part of a $100
million backlog in deferred maintenance.
The current paving work on the Generals
Highway near Halstead Meadow has been hampered recently
by the cold weather. The completion of that contract,
scheduled for October 23, might have to be extended.
Blackwell also said that the next stretch
of the Generals Highway beyond Amphitheater Point
that’s on tap for 2010 will require one-hour
closures similar to what has been experienced in the
past. That’s the steepest and most difficult
portion with lots of retaining walls that might even
require some night work, he said.
Supervisor Allen Ishida followed the
NPS presenters with updates on several topics and
issues from a county perspective. In terms of the
budget, he said, Tulare County is actually better
off than most counties.
To date, 200 workers have lost their
jobs out of a total workforce of 4,200. Other shortages
have been made up by furloughs and pay cuts, he said.
“In January, we’ll have the projections
for the remainder of the fiscal year and that situation
could change,” Ishida said.
Ishida also said that county supervisors
are at odds with the eight incorporated cities as
to where development should occur. The cities want
all the growth but the county, he said, has a responsibility
to serve areas like Lindcove and other rural hamlets
that need some development to ensure their survival.
The key to the water problem is dirt
needs to be moved on water storage and a peripheral
canal simultaneously, Ishida said.
“If we lose our water on the east side of the
Valley,” Ishida said, “we’ll be
in the same situation as the west side with fallow
fields and more unemployment.”
Tom Sparks, chairman of the Tulare County
Association of Government’s (TCAG) rail preservation
committee, provided an update as to the agency’s
efforts to preserve a 30-mile section of railroad
from Lindsay to Jovista. Sparks said rail preservation
makes sense because it creates jobs and gets hundreds
of diesel trucks off local roadways.
The Town Hall meetings are sponsored
by the Three Rivers Village Foundation and are scheduled
for the first Monday of the month. To suggest a topic
for an upcoming agenda call Lee Goldstein, 561-3204.
Interim parks boss
on resource protection
When Jon Jarvis, the former head of the
Pacific West Region was nominated to become the director
of the National Park Service by President Obama, it
set in motion a musical chairs of sorts among the
superintendent positions of the biggest and most prestigious
national parks. Added to the speculation of who might
succeed Jarvis, who was sworn in Friday, Oct. 2, as
the agency’s 18th director, are the usual retirements
and suddenly there are vacancies in key posts throughout
the western region.
For these contingencies, the NPS regional
office in San Francisco maintains a list of qualified
individuals who might be willing to move on short
notice to take an interim appointment.
That list is essentially how Jeff Bradybaugh
became the interim superintendent at Sequoia and Kings
Canyon National Parks. His first day at his new Ash
Mountain office was Monday, Oct. 5, and will help
ensure a smooth transition until the next superintendent
Craig Axtell, the former superintendent
of Sequoia-Kings Canyon, officially retired October
2. Bradybaugh said he believes that hiring a replacement
will take at least three to six months.
“There’s an evaluation process of how
the park has changed that has to occur when there’s
a vacancy at a high-level park like Sequoia,”
said Bradybaugh. “The new superintendent has
to have just the right mix of skills.”
Bradybaugh, whose NPS career has included
assignments at Theodore Roosevelt (N.D.), Mammoth
Cave (Ky.), and Zion (Utah) national parks prior to
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (Ariz.),
jumped at the chance to work at Sequoia-Kings Canyon
Drawing from a background in resource
management, Bradybaugh said he sees lots of challenges
that are similar to previous parks where he worked.
At Mammoth Cave National Park he also dealt with illegal
pot growers but on a smaller scale.
“These were individuals, not cartels, who were
actually operating outside of the park boundaries,”
Bradybaugh said. “We also partnered with the
local farmers to provide incentives to use better
tillage, crop rotation, and animal waste disposal
The protection of Mammoth Cave, Bradybaugh
said, presented similar challenges like Crystal Cave
in Sequoia. It was discovered this summer that Crystal
Cave, as well as a huge underground network of nearby
caves, are being threatened by upstream pot growers
on Yucca Creek. Bradybaugh said he is looking forward
to touring these sites and getting involved in the
management of local cave resources.
Bradybaugh’s academic work at New
Mexico State University, where he earned an M.S. in
wildlife biology, focused on pronghorn antelope. At
Roosevelt National Park, his first NPS job in 1982,
he said he helped manage large herds of elk and bison
in a prairie badlands environment that averaged 3,000
feet in elevation.
“Coming to Sequoia is a unique opportunity to
build experience and be exposed to different ways
of doing business,” Bradybaugh said. “I’m
excited to serve here as an interim until a new superintendent
Measure C dollars go to work
Breaking ground Tuesday morning, Oct.
13, on junior-varsity baseball and softball fields
at Woodlake High School were Bill Lewis, city administrator,
City of Woodlake; Frances Ortiz, vice mayor, City
of Woodlake; Raul Gonzales, mayor, City of Woodlake;
Brent Cushenbery, assistant superintendent, Woodlake
Public Schools; David East, assistant superintendent,
Woodlake Public Schools; Tim Hire, superintendent,
Woodlake Public Schools; Nicole Glentzer, principal,
Woodlake High School; Steve Tindle, Micham Construction
(contractor); Sandra Flores, chief financial officer,
Woodlake Public Schools; and Richard Rochin, board
member, WHS. The Woodlake High School District’s
Measure C $4.5 million bond — which will ultimately
add classrooms, restrooms, and improve athletic and
performing arts facilities on the campus — was
passed by voters in February 2008.
Climber airlifted from Whitney
Climbing any of the several routes on
Mount Whitney is an extreme adrenaline rush. Looking
down the 14,505-foot peak from the shear north face
is an unforgettable experience.
But for two men who attempted the climb
on Friday, Oct. 2, the rush and the experience quickly
became a nightmare. That’s because one of the
climbers was struck by a basketball-sized rock that
banged his shoulder, causing severe compression on
his scapula and vertebrae.
Though details are sketchy as to what
happened next, the duo was able to get a cell signal
and call 911. According to Adrienne Freeman, public
information officer at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National
Parks, the call came into the dispatcher in the early
evening so it was too late to dispatch a helicopter
for an immediate rescue.
Undaunted, the apparently experienced
climbers knew exactly what to do until help arrived.
They spent most of the night down-climbing and set
up a makeshift camp east of Iceberg Lake near an open
flat where they were clearly visible.
At first light, a park rescue helicopter
was dispatched. After landing nearby, the injured
victim was transported via helicopter to a nearby
hospital where he was treated for severe trauma to
the shoulder and back but otherwise glad to have survived
a brush with death.
Fun in the sun on the Poker
By Brian Rothhammer
Autumn in the Sierra Nevada. A fine sunny
day, a cool breeze, a gently curving mountain road.
What could be better? How about all of
that and a gathering of friends both old and new for
a day of fun, games, music, and great food.
Add to that the shared appreciation of
some of the finest examples of rolling art and sculpture
that ever graced the pavement that ambles through
the Sierra foothills community of Badger and you have
found yourself at the first annual Sisters Mountain
House Poker and Fun Run.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m., the
mighty rumble of V-Twins mixed with the high revving
notes of café racers in a symphony of orchestrated
power as 69 riders took to the road. There was a harmony
of purpose as well.
Not only was this a day of fellowship
among riders from diverse backgrounds, but it was
also a benefit for a good cause. All were here to
enjoy the day and to raise money for the Sierra Elementary
School. More than $500 was collected.
“We’re surprised…we’re very
happy to hear about it,” said Michael MacDonald
of the unexpected windfall. Michael is the teacher
of the rural school, which has a total of 20 students
and is part of the Cutler-Orosi School District.
When asked if it is a one-room schoolhouse,
“Actually, we have two rooms (in addition to
the kitchen, library and office).”
Community spirit runs strong in these
mountains. Penny Gelhaus bought the Mountain House
(along with her sister Sherry) from Jerry Mullins
who, with wife Shirley, had owned it for 29 years
“I just do this for fun,” said Penny,
who is a full time ER nurse at St. Agnes Hospital
“It is fun,” added manager Michel Buchannan.
Along with the fun is plenty of hard work, and with
the dedicated crew they run the old roadhouse like
a well-oiled machine. Michel is quick to give credit
to “the girls” — Jade, Laura, Amy,
Amanda and Haley.
“They all call me Mom, ” she said.
Other friends and neighbors pitched in
as well for this event, notably Bob Beasley, who worked
his magic on the grill preparing Mountain Burgers.
They smelled mighty good; in fact, Sisters is becoming
well known for all of their great food.
Prizes were awarded for high and low
poker hands, first in, best bike, best dressed, and
some games that were a bit risqué. The frozen
t-shirt contest was good, clean fun. Live music was
provided by Code Blue of Three Rivers.
After a day with a bunch of fun-lovin’
bikers, driving home isn’t always the best idea.
Not to worry, a delightfully peaceful place to rest
and recover is close at hand.
Seven Circles Retreat is just perfect.
Just up the road from Sisters, Laura Horst keeps an
immaculately clean and restful oasis for the wary
traveler. Did I mention quiet? The rates are reasonable
and breakfast with coffee is included.
If you’ve made other overnight
arrangements, stop back by the Sisters Mountain House
in the morning (afternoon?). To find Sisters Mountain
House from Three Rivers, just take Hwy. 198 to Lemon
Cove, then right on Hwy. 216 for just over a half-mile.
Turn right on Dry Creek Drive, a wonderful road for
the motorcyclist or driving enthusiast, and follow
it for 17 miles. It’s easy to find, and once
there you’ll be back for more.
A TREW-ly great weekend
Mona Fox Selph
The 2009 Three Rivers Environmental Weekend
(October 2-3) was a great success thanks to the continuing
tireless efforts of many dozens of caring members
of the community. The weather was beautiful, and many
came out to enjoy the two days and learn what each
of us can do for the earth and all of the life forms
dependent on a healthy planet.
Day One— Saturday
at the Arts Center was well attended and appreciated.
The morning saw Annie Esperanza again
bring the technical equipment to make presentations
Brian Rippey presented information on
the most up-to-date state and county-approved wastewater
treatment for homes and businesses, a topic of great
importance to any community dependent on septic tanks
and drainage fields while also dependent on clean
drinking water from wells.
A second interesting presentation was
given by beekeeper Max Eggman. Much as we love the
honey we get from bees, they are of much greater importance
for the pollination of agricultural crops. Since
2006, there has been a dramatic decline in bee health
with the total collapse of many colonies. Eggman explained
what research indicates may be the main causes and
what the scientists, beekeepers, and the USDA are
trying to do to improve bee health. The Eggmans also
brought their special comb honey for sampling and
In the afternoon, sponsored by the CNPS,
came a highlight of the day as John Muir Laws, Bay
Area artist, scientist, and author of the Laws Field
Guide to the Sierra Nevada, gave a wonderful and animated
presentation on the interconnectedness of plants,
insects, birds, parasites, larger animals, and the
entire ecosystem. Every day it seems, scientists are
making new discoveries about the intricately connected
web of life around us.
Lori Werner, who was raised in Three
Rivers and is now a spotted owl researcher, set up
an educational display of the food web of the owl,
species-identifying photos, undigested bones of their
prey, an owl house, and recordings of the calls of
The Sequoia Natural History Association
brought useful and educational books on a variety
of topics for sale.
The California Native Plant Society had
native plants for sale outside, and books, posters,
and cards inside. Tulare County Citizens for Responsible
Growth distributed information to attendees.
Family Farm Fresh set up a beautiful display of the
food that community farmers produce and that FFF can
deliver fresh to your doorstep. Scott Barkers’s
books on Yokohl Valley history were a popular addition.
Outside, Bill Becker solar cooked, and
Three Rivers Mercantile showed off green products
available right here in Three Rivers.
Mike Cannarozzi had a display to show the difference
light-colored or white roofs can make in our hot summers.
“Feel the two different roofs,” he told
Proof positive. The roof product can mitigate some
of the effects of global warming on melting glaciers.
Outside, local artists and craftspeople
set up awnings under which they displayed environmentally
friendly birdhouses and feeders by Peggy Hunt, wind
chimes by Judy Miller, Nikki Crain’s handwoven
goods and soy candles, natural found wood sculptures
by Ann Marks, and Carole Clum’s fanciful art
objects made of metal scraps.
Day Two— Two groups
of attendees participated in the Green Home Tour.
As part of the American Solar Energy Society’s
National Solar Home Tour, the homes were all either
actively or passively solar heated and cooled.
Some had radiant floors, an idea that
goes back to the Romans. Some used efficient wood
stoves as back-up heating on the coldest days. Swamp
coolers were in. The owners also used many other environmentally
positive ideas in their living spaces, such as the
use of recycled wood and insulation in the construction.
All the homes are on the small side and
so more energy efficient. Two are historic adobes.
Every home was beautiful to behold with
touches such as door arches of driftwood and antlers,
circular fish ponds with fountains, niches and architectural
details in walls, the lovely play of light from windows,
and views connecting the indoors to the outside gardens
Thanks go to Three Rivers homeowners
Tom and Lisa McGinnis, Hilary Dustin and Kay Woods,
Bill Becker, Steven and Barbara Lahmann, and Rick
Badgley and Martha Widmann.
Mona Fox Selph of
Three Rivers is an organizer of the Three Rivers Environmental
3R artists invited
join Studio Tour 9
The Three Rivers Artists’ Studio
Tour 9 will be held Friday through Sunday, March 19,
20, and 21, 2010. Expanding the Studio Tour from two
days to three is to provide more time for guests to
visit all the studios, but even though artists are
encouraged to open their studios on Friday, it is
Elsah Cort, Studio Tour organizer, said
she hopes to add new artists and studios. Anyone who
is a creative person, with residence in Three Rivers,
and who has a personally designated creating space
is welcome to be on the tour.
The Studio Tour deadline for complete
artist application submission is Sunday, Nov. 1. For
more information, call Elsah, 561-4671, or visit:
It’s Pear Lake Ski Hut
To experience the backcountry of Sequoia
National Park in the winter is a rare treat. To actually
have a cabin and a woodstove is an absolute luxury.
Forms are currently available for the
public to enter into the annual lottery to stay at
the Pear Lake Ski Hut (Dec. 18, 2009 to April 25,
2010). To be eligible, a reservation form and liability
waiver must be turned in to Sequoia Natural History
Association by Friday, Oct. 30.
Information: 565-4222 or www.sequoiahistory.org.
Sierra Nevada license plate
The campaign for the launch of a new
environmental license plate for the Sierra Nevada
has cleared a major hurdle, and the plate is now for
sale. Currently, 7,500 plates must be pre-sold in
one year before the DMV will issue plates.
The new plate features a collage of mountains,
streams, blue sky, and a bear. License plate proceeds
will fund Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s efforts
to protect and restore Sierra landscapes, which not
only includes rivers and meadows, but rural communities
and farms within 22 counties from the Oregon border
to eastern Kern County.
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy was created
Sept. 23, 2004, by Governor Schwarzenegger when he
signed bipartisan legislation drafted by former Assemblymen
John Laird (D) and Tim Leslie (R).
The cost for the special license plate
ranges from $50 for an original sequential numbered
plate (new six-digit number will be issued) to $98
for a conversion of an existing personalized plate
or a new personalized Sierra Nevada license plate
(because of the artwork on the plate, just six characters
can be accommodated).
For more information or to be one of
the first to order a plate, go to: www.sierralicenseplate.org.
WELCOME TO MY FOOD COLUMN
Healthy eating – shhhh!
Tina St. John
My oldest daughter is fairly strict with
what she allows her kids to eat. She does on occasion
let them have “junk” food. But only on
occasion, she tells me.
The other day her youngest child, Elijah,
who’s three years old, asked her, “Mom,
I’m ‘tirsty.’ Could I please have
Junk meaning soda. Kids say the darndest
things. I figure, at least he knows it’s junk.
So how do we teach our children to eat
well? Do we tell them to eat their vegetables because
it makes their eyes strong? That’s what my mother
used to say.
Do we tell them that we’ll give
them candy if they eat all their dinner? Do we let
them eat whatever and whenever they want? Do we set
the example by eating good foods ourselves?
How do you teach them to eat in a way
that will keep them healthy when there’s so
much “junk” around? Candy, chips, and
soda are all things that taste good to most kids,
but are destructive to every cell in a human’s
body. And we all know it.
Obviously, the best way is to never buy
junk food to begin with, even though every aisle in
the grocery store and every other television commercial
feature the best-packaged array of gratifying substances
known to man.
With that said, most of us have introduced
junk food to our children. I certainly have, and even
if we haven’t, they’ve likely found it
on their own.
I was watching a documentary the other
night that featured a family who live a very simple
life. Unfortunately, the country they live in is under
a dictatorship and deprives its people of the most
basic needs like water resources to grow their food.
The food they did have consisted of rice
and wheat. No vegetables, fruits, nuts; nothing like
that. It was sobering to watch because it made me
think about how easy it is to take for granted that
food is so readily available in this country, in this
state, and even in this county.
It got me thinking about a time in my
life when I was raising my children on my own and
didn’t have a lot of money, so feeding my kids
adequately required some creative cooking. Don’t
take this wrong. It isn’t as though I didn’t
have enough food; I just wasn’t able to buy
the abundance of foods that I thought were the healthiest,
most nutritious, and best for them.
I had to compromise and budget every
week when doing the grocery shopping. In fact, you
could say that budgeting the food bill had become
an art; I mastered it out of necessity.
In our household growing up, we didn’t
eat packaged foods. We ate freshly prepared food every
That’s how we were taught to eat.
That’s what I knew.
That’s how I intended to teach
my children to eat. So when I entered this period
in my life where things were scarce, it became a concern
I never wanted my children to feel they
didn’t have enough even though I knew I could
do better with so much more. But I learned to manage
and get creative with what there was.
For instance, when preparing meals for
dinner, my two youngest children would usually watch
me, so I would speak with a French accent like my
mother and pretend it was my cooking show. I used
to think that if I could at least make preparing what
I did have look like a gourmet meal, then maybe they’ll
think they’re eating really great and have more
appreciation for what they put in their bodies; in
other words, that eating isn’t something to
do mindlessly, but with thought.
My youngest daughter is involved in a
program where she tutors elementary kids after school
twice a week. She has the same children every time,
dropped off by their parents.
By the time of day the kids get to her,
they’re hungry, so they always have something
with them to eat. And, she tells me, without fail
it is something from McDonalds, Burger King, or Taco
Bell. She told me this after asking me what I was
going to write about in my next food column.
I saw a billboard the other day advertising
Taco Bell burritos for 99 cents. I thought to myself,
that can’t possibly be food; what food costs
A head of lettuce alone costs $1.50.
So what is it exactly that our children eat, if this
is what we’re feeding them?
We drill ourselves as parents as to what
car seat is the safest, what detergent to use, who’s
their teacher, is the school they go to good enough
for them, who are their friends, will their first
car be safe enough, who are they driving in the car
with, who are they dating, and on and on we go as
parents always concerned for our children’s
well-being and safety.
Do we put that much consideration each
day into the food our children put into their bodies?
Do we research the food to see if it’s even
I really believe that children learn
how to eat by what is or is not prepared in their
home. Feel free to share any recipes of your own that
you’ve given your kids while teaching them healthy
Tina St. John writes
from her Three Rivers studio.
THREE RIVERS ART REVIEW
Concert plays to packed yard
Although crowd estimates are difficult,
there had to be over 200 people in a private yard
at the end of Dinely Drive on Saturday, Sept. 26,
for Concert on the Grass 2009. With the temperature
over 100 degrees, all still gathered to listen to
music and poetry, watch folk dancing, and view art.
Shuttle vans carried people laden with chairs and
picnic coolers from the parking area to the concert
Say what you will about Three Rivers
residents, but it takes more than a little heat to
kill the party spirit!
The generosity of Bill and Anne Haxton
provides this lovely venue for Concert on the Grass
each year; and the Haxtons join husband-and-wife team
Ken Elias and Sarah Shena in putting together the
entire event, funded only by donations and a corps
of hardworking volunteers.
For the second year, the Arts Alliance
of Three Rivers partnered with Concert on the Grass
as seven local artists displayed their talents. Among
these is relative newcomer to the creative scene,
Karen creates lovely clay monoprints,
a time-consuming art form with a bit of an Asian flair.
Her work is unique to the Three Rivers art scene and
sure to become quite well known.
No doubt about it, adding visual arts
to this previously all-performance event has added
another dimension and an additional opportunity for
people to view a small portion of the work of talented
artists of Three Rivers.
Entertainment began with Raymond Pitts,
familiar to patrons of Monet Restaurant in Exeter
as a jazz musician, playing clarinet as the crowd
kept pouring in. Chairs were set up, blankets were
thrown on the grass, and food and drink appeared from
Ken Elias joined Pitts on keyboard to
keep everyone entertained while viewing the art and
allowing the crowd to find a place to seat themselves.
Husband and wife Keith Hamm and Esther Zurcher, also
known as Mankin Creek, entranced the crowd with a
selection of their favorites from a Billie Holiday
jazz standard to a folk song written by the pair.
Jesse Belman, known to locals as part
of Faena Brava, joined forces with cellist Pat Valentine
for several wonderful pieces of music with a Spanish
flair. Alternating with them were dancers Jovita Metts,
Fabi Belman, and Marilou Belman with traditional Spanish
and Mexican dance.
Despite the heat, this trio of lovely
ladies with their lively dance routines never gave
a hint of the 40-plus pounds of fabric making up each
of their costumes.
The old-fashioned feel of this event
— with folks on blankets or seated in their
own chairs, not a single food vendor to be found but
rather food and drink carted from home, breezes giving
some slight relief from the heat, and the shade of
lovely old oaks — give this event a flavor that
only our little town can provide! Three Rivers residents
are incredibly fortunate to have in their midst not
only all this talent but also folks like the Haxtons
and Ken and Sarah willing to give of themselves and
their time to put together this annual event.
Last weekend the party continued —
this time it was called a pARTy — with
the inaugural 1st Saturday Three Rivers event. Artist
Nadi Spencer spearheaded a group of about 30 artists,
musicians, venues, food and drink, storytelling and
This monthly event will happen the first
Saturday of every month. Artists will have works for
sale, and several local retailers will offer special
deals and discounts. The events are free.
idea even better
Millions of Americans tuned into watch
Ken Burns’s latest PBS film, The National Parks:
America’s Best Idea. Viewers were glued to their
TVs as the nation’s pre-eminent storyteller
trained his lens on the national parks.
So now what? Here are a couple of ideas
from the National Park Service, the people who have
been entrusted with the care of these special places
by their fellow citizens since 1916:
VISIT: The best place to enjoy a national
park is in one. There are 391 units in the National
Park System from which to choose. Go to Sequoia or
Kings Canyon national parks or plan a trip to one
across the continent. Start by visiting www.nps.gov.
VOLUNTEER: The national parks welcome
more than 170,000 volunteers every year who help with
everything from clearing trails to staffing information
desks. Find a place to volunteer at www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer.htm.
DONATE: The generosity of U.S. citizens
through their tax dollars and their donations helps
to sustain America’s national parks. The National
Park Foundation and more than 100 friends groups raise
funds for parks. Find out more at www.nps.gov/getinvolved/donate.htm.
HELP YOUR COMMUNTIY: The National Park
Service also works outside of parks, helping those
committed to revitalizing their own communities create
places to get outside and be active and preserve local
history. See how the parks work in gateway communities
MAKE AMERICA’S BEST IDEA EVEN BETTER:
America’s “best idea” is a challenge
to live up to, not a title with which to be content.
Take a look at what the National Park Service is doing
today to make the idea even better at this new website:
“The Burns film is reinvigorating America’s
love of their national parks,” said Jon Jarvis,
who was sworn in last week as the 18th director of
the National Park Service. “Please join us in
caring for these special places.”
Yosemite ranger wins regional
Shelton Johnson, interpretive ranger
at Yosemite National Park — and the only African
American ranger at Yosemite — has been selected
as the recipient of the 2009 Freeman Tilden Award
for the Pacific West Region. He is among seven regional
award winners, one of whom will be selected by a national
panel to be the recipient of the national Freeman
Johnson’s original research into
the Buffalo Soldiers’ history, the creation
of an individual soldier to teach the broader story
about race and wilderness, and his extensive collaboration
with Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan on The National Parks
documentary are just a few of the reasons that Johnson
is deserving of the award.