NPS – Woman banned from national parks during 2-year probation for defacing rock formations

Woman banned from national parks during 2-year probation for defacing rock formations


A San Diego woman who pleaded guilty to defacing several treasured national rock formations at national parks across the west and was sentenced to two years of probation was also banned from all national parks and federal lands during her probation.


IN – Gov. Pence hosts Capital Campout at Fort Harrison State Park


For immediate release: June 22, 2016

Gov. Pence hosts Capital Campout at Fort Harrison State Park

More than 50 kids from Indianapolis-area youth centers will camp at Fort Harrison State Park June 23 and 24, and enjoy a Friday morning hike with Gov. Mike Pence.

Dubbed the Capital Campout, the event is one of more than a dozen outdoor camping experiences hosted by governors nationwide in June. The goal is to promote outdoor recreation as part of Great Outdoors Month 2016. Participants will hike, fish, ride horses, cook outdoors, camp and more.

“As we mark Indiana State Parks’ centennial year, it is altogether fitting that we share with young Hoosiers the rich history and beauty our state parks have to offer at this year’s Capital Campout,” Pence said. “From the banks of the Wabash, to the shores of Lake Michigan, to the treetops of Brown County State Park, I encourage Hoosiers across the state to explore Indiana’s unique, natural treasures.”

America’s youth now average more than seven hours a day of electronic screen time, resulting in a more sedentary lifestyle with serious health risks. Physicians have touted fun outdoors as a remedy to this trend. Pence encourages Indiana’s youth to get outdoors, particularly at DNR properties like state parks.

Indiana’s Capital Campout is made possible by Indiana State Parks and Great Outdoors Month’s founding sponsor, The Coleman Company, which is donating camping supplies, gear and funding.

Other partners include CampTown, Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council, The Kroger Co., Indiana Trail Riders Association, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, and the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis.

“Indiana’s Capital Campout is one of several tools that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is using to encourage youngsters to get outdoors,” said DNR director Cam Clark.

Clark said others include the supporting President Barack Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative; the Indiana Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights; Indiana State Parks’ centennial curriculum that includes opportunities for free visits to state parks for participating students; Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grants to schools; GoFishIN workshops; hunter, boater and archery education; and hunting heritage activities.

Follow Indiana’s Capital Campout at @INDNRstateparks with #capitalcampoutIN or #capitalcampout. Learn more about Indiana State Parks programs for youth and schools at and

For more information about Capital Campouts and Great Outdoors Month® visit

Fort Harrison does not have a public campground and does not offer camping on a regular basis. The Capital Campout will take place at Delaware Lake.

Members of the media are welcome at the campout.

Fort Harrison State Park ( is at 5753 Glenn Road, Indianapolis, 46216.



Media contact: Ginger Murphy (317) 417-4926, and Carl Lindell (317), 775-8076, DNR Division of State Parks.



CO – Check Out a (State Park) Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries

Check Out a (State Park) Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries

2016 Hang Tag

​​​​​​​​​​About the Program​

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.

Starting June 20, 2016, libraries across the state are offering two “Check Out State Parks” passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons.​


Library backpack and pass

3 Easy Steps to Adventure

  1. ​​​Use the pass to get into a state park for FREE.

  2. Use the backpack to explore a nearby state park
    and see what you can learn.

  3. Share a photo with #CheckOutColorado on Twitter
    or Insta​gram.

Hike or bike the multi-use trails, find wildlife in their natural surroundings, visit a nature center or bring a picnic. With a license or camping reservation, you can try fishing or camp out overnight.

To plan your trip, use the parks brochure​ or park finder​​.​​


​​​How to Use​​

  • The park pass is good for entry into any Colorado State Park for up to seven days.
  • The pass is is a hang tag for the rear view mirror and must be visible in the library patron’s car.​​
  • The pass does not give any discounts for camping, programs, licenses, etc.​​​
  • The backpack includes binoculars, a wildlife viewing guide, a tree and wildflower identification guide, a park brochure, suggested activities list and the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics principles.

​Participating Libraries

Visit your local library or check the Participating Libraries List to find a library near you.

AL – State Park Visitors Can Now Donate via ‘Dirt Pass’

Alabama state park visitors can now donate via ‘Dirt Pass’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Promoters of Alabama state parks are hoping residents make donations through the new “Dirt Pass” program.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports ( that park-goers and trail users can purchase a Dirt Pass and sport a rubber wristband that acts as a donation toward the improvement and management of the state’s trail systems.

The Dirt Pass acts as a voluntary way for park visitors to fund revitalization projects and can be purchased at Cheaha, Chewacla, DeSoto, Frank Jackson, Gulf, Lake Guntersville, Lake Lurleen, Monte Sano, Oak Mountain, and Wind Creek parks.

The Dirt Pass, at an annual cost of $35, identifies the wearer as a Parks Trails Partner and supporter of the Alabama State Parks and trails program. The cost has been discounted to $25 for this year only.


NJ – First state park opened in Gloucester County

First state park opened in Gloucester County

Mantua Creek cuts through the state’s newest park, Tall Pines, a former golf course in Gloucester County.

A new state park is open, the first in South Jersey’s Gloucester County.

Tall Pines State Park is a former golf course once owned by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. He operated it as Ron Jaworski’s Eagles Nest. It later became Tall Pines

The 110-acre park straddles Deptford and Mantua townships along the border of the borough of Wenonah.

There is rolling terrain that drops down to a narrow stretch of Mantua Creek, which bisects the property and is passable by foot bridges.




Job Opportunity – KS, State Park Manager Supervisor


This unclassified full-time position is located at Glen Elder State Park, Parks Division; and is directly supervised by Rick Martin, Natural Resource Officer IV.

The incumbent provides direct supervision and coordination of staff to operate Glen Elder State Park. Duties include preparing budget requests; purchasing supplies and equipment; directing the sale of department permits and licenses, includes the collection and accounting of funds received; planning and overseeing contracted work; supervising and coordinating the construction, maintenance and repair of area buildings, grounds, equipment, roads, ditches, dikes, shelters, beaches, boat ramps and utilities; actively participating in interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating employees; enforcing laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the protection of park facilities and visitors; and providing information regarding park rules, facilities, and area history.

If an applicant is not currently law enforcement certified, our agency will send the successful applicant to the required training as listed below. Applicants do not have to be law enforcement certified to apply.

BENEFITS: Beginning hourly salary, $23.31; group health and life insurance; retirement; optional deferred compensation, dental and vision options; holidays; and sick and vacation leave.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Three years of experience in directing a field office with operations relevant to the agency’s operations. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency. Preference will be given to candidates that possess a bachelor’s degree. Candidates having management experience and broad based interaction with community organizations will receive preference. Applicants who have the ability to effectively interface with employees and the general public are highly desired. The successful candidate must pass a background check and must be a credible witness in court.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This class requires the employee to be certified as a law enforcement officer by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission. Certification must be obtained before the employee is given permanent status. The employee must complete a basic law enforcement training program recognized by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission and annual training as required by K.S.A. 74-5607a.

This class requires the use of a firearm for law enforcement duties; therefore, to be eligible for appointment to a position in this class, candidates cannot have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence crime as set forth in 18 U.S.C.§ 992 (g) (8) and (9).To be eligible for certification in the state of Kansas, one must also be free of any diversions from a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence crime as set forth by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Act.

Candidates for positions in this class must have the following: be a U.S. citizen; be 21 years of age at the time of appointment; free of conviction of any crime punishable by imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison; and be required to pass a physical exam administered by the hiring agency.

This class requires that at the time of appointment the selected candidate must take and pass a drug screening test approved by the Division of Personnel Services.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified applicants must register with the State of Kansas by completing the personal information registration form to obtain their State of Kansas Applicant ID Number. This form may be completed online at personal-data. Qualified applicants may apply by submitting ALL of the following items:

1) a letter of interest, which includes your State of Kansas ID Number;
2) a detailed resume; including a valid e-mail address;
3) transcript material, if applicable, (copies of official transcripts or unofficial student copies are acceptable as long as degree is conferred);
4) KDWPT employment application located at;
5) an authorization to release information form** located at and,
**Please note, this form must either be witnessed and signed by a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism employee or signed in front of and notarized by a notary public. We reserve the right to conduct a background check on all qualified applicants.
6) Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a State Tax Clearance Certificate by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. Applicants are responsible for submitting their certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.

Application materials should be sent to or may be sent to Human Resources Office, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Avenue, Pratt KS 67124, phone number 620-672-5911. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A complete application packet must be submitted for each position. We no longer make copies of previous applications. Submitted application materials will be reviewed in Pratt to assure that the position minimum requirements are met, and those meeting the minimum requirements will be forwarded to the respective division for interview selection.

Applicants are notified whether or not they are selected to interview. The interview is generally a one-time, panel interview consisting of position-specific questions for all applicants (same questions for each applicant), with the selection being made after all candidate interviews are completed.

Veterans’ Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a “veteran” under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum requirements of the position. The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the appointing authority. Additional VPE information can be found at Applicants claiming veterans’ preference for the first time must mail a copy of your DD-214 to the Office of Personnel Services, 900 SW Jackson, Room 401-N, Topeka KS 66612, or FAX to 785/291-3715.


The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures your right to reasonable accommodations during the employment process–individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process. Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Veteran’s Preference Eligible.

IN – Pavilion developers, opponents poised to step up work (Indiana)

Pavilion developers, opponents poised to step up work

With the July 1 date for a new bill that would allow state parks to receive liquor licenses without public input looming, the various players on all sides of a proposal to renovate the pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park and build an adjacent banquet center are gearing up for what’s next.


MI – Mountain bikers give new Chelsea trail a spin (Michigan)


Mountain bikers give new Chelsea trail a spin

Chelsea — With summer just days away, the first five-mile loop of an extend trail opened Thursday at the Waterloo State Recreational Area.

The new DTE Energy Foundation Trail hopes to attract more visitors and boost the local economy, DTE Energy Co. officials said Thursday at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“It’s very important to have a trail in Southeast Michigan that is cutting-edge and attractive to mountain bikers, runners and hikers,” said Jason Aric Jones, trail project chair of the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association. “The trail gives you a roller coaster feel with varying terrain and slopes that anyone from a beginner to an advanced biker can enjoy.”

Partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association, the DTE Energy Foundation gave a grant of $255,000 to help fund the trail.

The five-mile loop is the first part of a 20-mile trail that will open in 2020 and will cost more than $500,000 to complete. Each five-mile trail will consist of different loops that incorporate local elements of rock and reclaimed wood to create a unique landscape.

Riding a black Trek mountain bike on Thursday, Jeff Thiel of Copper Harbor, rode at his own pace.

“It flows really nicely. I didn’t push it this time, but there are some hardcore bikers out there,” said Thiel, who bikes twice a week. “Michigan’s economy has really suffered in the past and having a trail like this makes a huge impact and helps smaller communities to thrive.”

In the past two years, biking has had an annual economic impact of $668 million including equipment purchases, bike sales, tourism and reduced health cost, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Ron Olson, chief of Parks and Recreation for the Department of Natural Resources, said feedback from Michigan residents helped to make the trail a reality.

“We have been wanting to expand for some years now because there has been a need to have really good trails in the area,” Olson said. “With this partnership, we hope to connect the Pinckney State Recreation Area’s trail and the Huron-Waterloo trail, which we hope will be finished in the next few years.”

Rick Sielicki of Chelsea sped down the last stretch of the dirt road before stopping off to the side to catch his breath Thursday.

“They did an excellent job. I love the five-mile loop. It was very fun and scenic,” Sielicki said. “All ages can appreciate this trail. The layout is different from what I have rode on. I’m looking forward to the next 15 miles.”

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TX – Flood-damaged state parks in bad shape at time of peak usage

Flood-damaged state parks in bad shape at time of peak usage

Texas state parks officials and the more than 8 million annual visitors to the state parks can be excused if they have a frustrating sense of déjà vu heading into this summer.

For the second consecutive year, a handful of parks, including some of the most popular, are closed to all public use, with at least a couple of those not likely to open for weeks or months or longer. In more than two dozen other parks, some facilities – campgrounds, roads, hiking trails, boat ramps, fishing piers, shelters – are closed.

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WV – State Parks to Offer Charging Stations

State Parks to offer charging stations

HINTON — West Virginia’s State Parks system is revving up to offer electric car drivers more reason to stop at some of the state’s natural wonders.

Working with the West Virginia Division of Energy, the state’s park system received a grant through the United States Department of Energy to provide electric car charging stations at all of the lodged state parks in West Virginia.

“This is a cool opportunity for West Virginia State Parks,” said Paul Redford, district administrator for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

Redford said electric car drivers can plug in at West Virginia State Parks to unplug in nature.

“We may be on the lead front of this,” Redford said, adding that only California has a statewide program like this, with some scattered parks in Michigan and Washington, D.C. that feature charging stations.

“We will be the first state with all of its lodge parks to be hooked up with the stations,” said Bill Davis, director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University.

Offering these electric car charging stations at all of West Virginia’s state parks that have a lodge will hopefully draw more people traveling through West Virginia to its parks.

“There are not a lot of other states that have this many interstate systems running through it,” Redford said. “We are sitting in an area perfect for more electric car stations.”

Redford said this new program for the state’s parks aligns perfectly with the agency’s mission statement to “promote conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological or historical significance and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of this state and its visitors.”

“We’re trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible,” Redford said. “We are doing our part to reduce emissions and solid waste.”

The electric car charging stations will also help further to market and to promote the park system in the state, Redford said.

“We have a big Canada following,” Redford said. “People visit us from Pittsburgh and Ohio cities. We have a big D.C. following as well. The park systems in other states like Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania can’t hold a candle to our park system.”

This new offering will allow us to continue to get that group of people to our state parks, he added.

“We’re last in everything or the best in bad things,” Redford said. “But with our state parks we are in the Top 10.”

Jeff Herholdt, director at the West Virginia Division of Energy, said that the parks’ initiative to provide electric car charging stations is coming at a time when there are major technology initiatives to roll out more electric vehicles.

Redford added that there are not currently a whole lot of public car charging stations in West Virginia.

“We don’t plan to charge,” Redford said. “We would prefer they are overnight guests, but we are not going to leave people high and dry.”

The stations to be set up at West Virginia parks with lodges are classified as Level 2 stations that have 240 volts and can produce 30 to 80 amps.

The stations have been ordered, a total of 11, will have dual chargers.

“I hope visitors plug into a station then go and spend money in the gift shop,” Redford said. “I’m really excited to get this going.”

If proven popular at the state parks with lodges, the park system will work to offer more stations to accommodate demand.

“I think it’s going to be a good model to bring people into West Virginia State Parks,” said Marty Weirick of the West Virginia Electric Auto Association. “EVs (electric vehicles) are here to stay and more are on the way.”

Weirick stated that he thinks West Virginia stands to benefit from the production and use of more electric cars as they will increase coal usage, reduce oil imports and are friendly to the electrical grid for their low consumption.”

According to, parks with lodges are Blackwater Falls, Cacapon, Chief Logan, Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pipestem, Stonewall Jackson, Twin Falls and Tygart Lake.

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