Your Very Next Step newsletter for September 2010

Your Very Next Step newsletter for September 2010

“Life always gets harder toward the summit – the cold increases, the responsibility increases”

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*** In this issue:

*** Travel News

*** September is National Wilderness Month

*** National Public lands day

*** YVNS Sport Ned Has Never Heard Of: World Sauna Championships

*** Cold facts about hypothermia

*** NH Heritage Trail Program

*** Rail trail of the month – New Hampshire's Sugar River Trail

*** No-bake Brownies

*** Travel, Outdoor and Adventure Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

1.) Communications Department Internship, Visit Bucks County, Bensalem, PA

2.) Marketing Assistant, Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, Vancouver, Washington

3.) Regional Development Manager, Outward Bound, Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.) Deconstruction Supervisor, Center for Ecological Technology, Northampton, MA

5.) Executive Director, Wolf Haven International, Tenino, WA

6.) Director of Education, Plains Conservation Center, Aurora, Colorado

7.) Executive Director, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Beach, California

8.) French Editor, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

9.) Director of Education, Plains Conservation Center, Aurora, Colorado

10.) Executive Director, US Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado

11.) Senior Foundation Relations Manager, Wilderness Society, San Francisco, California

…and more

…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!

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*** 5 Ways Travelers Have Lost Their Manners

Here are five cases where obnoxious travelers give everyone a bad name. On your next trip, do us all a favor and make sure that you're not being equally scandalous.

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*** Here’s the YVNS Travel News for September:

September is National Wilderness Month

September is National Wilderness Month, by Presidential Proclamation

September 1, 2010

The White House's Office of the Press Secretary released the following Presidential Proclamation from Barack Obama on August 31, 2010:

Presidential Proclamation–National Wilderness Month


For centuries, the American spirit of exploration and discovery has led us to experience the majesty of our Nation's wilderness. From raging rivers to serene prairies, from mountain peaks slicing the skyline to forests teeming with life, our Nation's landscapes have provided wonder, inspiration, and strength to all Americans. Many sites continue to hold historical, cultural, and religious significance for Indian tribes, the original stewards of this continent. We must continue to preserve and protect these scenic places and the life that inhabits them so they may be rediscovered and appreciated by generations to come.

As we celebrate America's abundance of diverse lands, remarkable wildlife, and untamed beauty during National Wilderness Month, we also look back on our rich history of conservation. It was over 100 years ago that President Theodore Roosevelt marveled at the stark grandeur of the Grand Canyon and declared, “the ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” Since that time, administrations have worked across party lines to defend America's breathtaking natural sites. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act in 1964, and many Presidents have since added new places to this great network of protected lands so that millions of acres of forests, monuments, and parks will be preserved for our children and grandchildren.

Following in the footsteps of my predecessors, I signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act last year to restore and protect more of our cherished wild spaces. In April of this year, I established the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a community-based 21st century conservation agenda that can also spur job creation in the tourism and recreation industries. My Administration will continue to work closely with our State, local, and tribal partners to connect Americans with the great outdoors.

This month, we renew our pledge to build upon the legacy of our forebears. Together, we must ensure that future generations can experience the tranquility and grandeur of America's natural places. As we resolve to meet this responsibility, let us also reflect on the ways in which our lives have been enriched by the gift of the American wilderness.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2010 as National Wilderness Month. I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


*** National Public Lands Day September 25

National Public Lands Day 2010 will take place on Saturday, September 25, at more than 1,500 locations (and counting) across the United States.

*** 10 Annoying Hotel Room Designs (From Hotel Chatter:

*** The September YVNS sport Ned has never heard of:

World Sauna Championships

The World Sauna Championships were an annual endurance contest held in Heinola, Finland from 1999 to 2010.

Russian man dies during world sauna championship

*** The Chilling Truth About Cold Water

Here is a great article about hypothermial and cold water survival.

This article first appeared in Pacific Yachting Magazine, February 2006.

*** Mason District Park Festival, Sat., Sept. 25, Annandale, VA

Live entertainment, crafts, hayrides, pony rides and a moonbounce are just a portion of the fun to be had at this year's Mason District Park Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fun seekers can also enjoy numerous children's rides and police and fire department demonstrations at the festival.

Admission to the festival is free and tickets can be purchased for individual rides. Mason District Park is located at 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale, VA

*** Climate Invaders!

Fire ants, poison ivy, deer ticks: Global warming’s big winners

*** October 22-24: Basic Wilderness Survival and Outdoor Living Skills Weekend. Do you want to know the basics of wildland survival, or increase your knowledge and advance your outdoor skills? Are you just looking for a fun get away to challenge yourself and put your skills to the test? The Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center near Appomattox is hosting a Basic Wilderness Survival and Outdoor Living Skills Weekend October 22-24. The program includes professional and expert instruction with participation limited for a better instructor: participant ratio. Optional classes include: Land Navigation, Building Temporary Shelters, Locating and Collecting Water, Improving “Situational Awareness” Skills, Primitive Tools and Cordage, and Sleep Overnight in Temporary Shelters. Learn knowledge and skills to last a lifetime! Cost of workshop is $175 and covers all programming and instructor fees, meals, and lodging. Register by October 8th.

Early registration is encouraged as courses fill quickly. For details contact Nate Mahanes, Program Director, by email:, or call (434) 248-5444, or visit the Holiday Lake 4-H website.

*** Kayak Fishing Workshop at Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland County, Virginia

Learn the basics of kayak fishing at Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland County on Saturday, October 2. Kayak paddling and fishing instruction will be provided followed by fishing on Bear Creek Lake. Event is from 9-4 pm, bring your own lunch, for those age 12 and up, kayaks and fishing tackle provided. To register: send names of participants, address, day & evening phone numbers, email address, date of birth and a check made out to “Treasurer of VA”, $15 per person to VDGIF Angling Education – P.O. Box 11104, Richmond, VA 23230. Informational mailing will be sent prior to the event. For additional questions contact Chris Dunnavant at (804) 367-6778 (804) 367-6778 or

*** Sounds like this just might work:

No Bake Trail Brownies in a bag

Trail Brownies In A Bag

In a sandwich bag:

1 sleeve graham crackers, reduced to crumbs.

1/4 cup toasted diced pecans

2 Tbsp powdered sugar

In a quart freezer bag:

3 ounces (about 3/4 cup) chocolate chips

3 Tbsp dry milk

In camp:

Add 1/4 cup water to the chocolate bag. Bring a small pot of water to a gentle simmer (warm). Turn off the heat. Dip the tightly sealed chocolate bag to melt the chocolate. When melted, add the graham cracker crumb bag to the chocolate bag and knead to mix thoroughly. Eat warm with long handled spoons or let it cool and break into chunks.

Serves 1-4. Depends on what you consider dessert! If you love dessert then assume it will serve more like 1-2.

From TrailSpace (

*** I had no idea New Hampshire had a Bureau of Trails:

The New Hampshire Bureau of Trails administers multiple-use trails on state, federal, and private lands. The Bureau of Trails assists organizations, municipalities, and trail clubs with the development of trails on both public and private lands. Included in the bureau's management are 250 miles of wheeled off-highway recreational vehicle trails, over 300 miles of state owned rail-trails, and 7422 miles of snowmobile trails.

*** I didn't know about this trail in New Hampshire, from Massachusetts to Quebec.

NH Heritage Trail Program

Trail Beginnings…Since 1988 the New Hampshire Heritage Trail has been supported by the Governor and endorsed by the State Legislature. The trail is becoming a reality in some communities and a long-term goal in others. The New Hampshire Conservation Corps constructed 10 miles of trail in Franconia Notch State Park. In 1990 the cities and towns of Bethlehem, Manchester, and Nashua dedicated Heritage Trail segments. Many other cities and towns along the route have active Heritage Trail committees now planning future segments for their communities.

Where Is The Heritage Trail? What Uses Will It Support?A preliminary corridor has been chosen running north from Massachusetts along the Merrimack River to Franklin where it joins the Pemigewasset River and goes through Franconia Notch to Lancaster, then follows the Connecticut River to Canada. Trail use will be as diverse as the landscapes and communities involved. Hiking will take place throughout the trail, but some communities may choose to expand the idea by including activities such as natural and historical interpretation, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Trail Development…The communities along the trail corridor play the most important role in developing the Heritage Trail. Communities design, build and maintain local Heritage Trail segments. The success of the Heritage Trail depends on the interest and support of these communities and the involvement of local citizens. Overall trail development is guided by the statewide Heritage Trail Advisory Committee in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Assistance to communities has also been provided and coordinated by public/private partnerships consisting of the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Support for Heritage Trail projects also comes from the Student Conservation Association, which administers the New Hampshire Conservation Corps.

*** Rail trail of the month:

Trail of the Month: September 2010

New Hampshire's Sugar River Trail – Newport to Claremont

The first hints of chimney smoke, morning frosts and blushing leaves are soon to hit New England. And with these seasonal cues, legions of leaf hunters will canvass the Northeast in their quest for the perfect autumn hotspot. If you plan to be among them—yet prefer to be ankle-deep in foliage rather than awash in tourists—you can outmaneuver and elude some of the cars and crowds by searching out a rail-trail. One such escape is the 9.8-mile Sugar River Trail in western New Hampshire, just shy of the Vermont border.

Connecting Newport to the eastern fringe of Claremont, the Sugar River Trail offers a vintage autumn experience in New England. By late September and early October, the trail's maple and birch trees will be afire with color. Streams abound, you'll pass fly-fishermen scouting for rainbow trout along the river (which you cross at multiple places), and you might catch a glimpse of critters from raccoons and wild turkeys to an occasional moose or fox.

Also, of the seven covered railway bridges remaining in the United States, two of them are right along this one rail-trail.

These aren't your standard covered bridges, either. Unlike the more familiar covered bridges over roadways, covered railway bridges have much higher vertical clearance (about 21 feet) and are much narrower. Both of these bridges, as well, were built more than a century ago on the original Claremont-Concord Railroad line.

If you're heading west from Newport, the first one you'll reach, at Mile 6, is the 123-foot Wright's Bridge, built in 1906. A mile later, you'll re-cross the Sugar River on the 216-foot Pier Bridge, built in 1907.

The bridges are “gems” you find along the way, says Jennifer Codispoti, program specialist with the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails, which manages the Sugar River Trail. To preserve the railroad relics, she says the state is working this fall to fire-proof and structurally repair both bridges (closed from August 30 to September 3, the bridges will then be open to trail users during construction).

In addition to the trail's signature New England attractions, visitors should note in planning a trip that the Sugar River Trail is somewhat unconventional in its user profile. New Hampshire permits certain motorized uses on its rail-trails, and the Sugar River Trail, in particular, is open year-round to ATVs. As a result, the trail's natural surface can be sandy and rough and not ideal for casual cycling; it can feel a bit like pedaling on a beach in places. Mountain bikes are therefore better suited for this ride.

What you should not fear, though, is much discourtesy among various user groups.

When Rails to Trails magazine first featured the Sugar River Trail in the Fall 2005 issue, the tagline with the story was “Everyone's Trail.” ATV and snowmobile clubs help groom and maintain the trail, and there are rules of etiquette for passing and yielding to various users. You're likely to see equestrians and hikers hoofing up and down the path during the summer, spring and fall. When snow hits the ground, you'll come across snowshoers, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and even dog-sledders. Yet despite this hodgepodge of users, visitors often note how easily folks tend to get along.

Of course, sharing the corridor with motorized vehicles does not appeal to every rail-trail visitor, particularly those seeking total seclusion and quiet. Yet even when this corridor is busiest, you'll be treated to a fall landscape bursting with activity and riverside views. From crisp air and covered bridges to fantastic foliage, the Sugar River Trail truly offers a feast for fall eyes.

In fact, about the only autumn detail missing along this trail is a hot cider stand. Luckily, you can always warm up afterwards at a local café or coffee shop, like The Java Cup or Hullabaloo Coffee Co. in Claremont. And after you've soaked up the scenery, you can either brag about your rail-trail getaway or keep the secret for yourself—and for next year's trip!

*** Trail and Outdoors Volunteer opportunities:

*** Volunteer River Watchers Needed!

Montana River Action is looking for volunteers to become Montana River Watchers. As a River Watcher, you would oversee a river, stream, or lake for signs of pollution, degradation, misuse, or other injury or harm to the clean waters of Montana. MRA is building a network of River Watchers to report on the health of our water bodies and to follow-up on suspected violations of Montana water laws.

If you live near a body of water or feel a special kinship to a certain stream or stretch of river, consider being a Montana River Watcher. The future of Montana's water health depends on it.

Volunteer Specialists needed, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, OR

Ongoing Volunteer Needs

Volunteer Naturalist

Spend time outdide while accompanying field trips. Welcome students, serve as a resource on the trail, help facilitate teachable moments, and conduct a select number of indoor classroom lessons.

Wildlife Center Information Desk

Be the smiling face that visitors see when arriving at the Refuge. Welcome Refuge visitors and answer questions. Operate cash register at Natures Overlook store. Orient visitors to trails, exhibits, and activities.

Volunteer Trail Rover

Be outside, walk Refuge trails and meet/welcome visitors. Answer questions and share nature observations. Use education to reinforce Refuge rules.

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

19255 SW Pacific Hwy

Sherwood, OR 97140

For more information regarding these opportunities contact Wildlife Center Coordinator, Sarah Dunham at 503-625-5944

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors/Conservation employment opportunities:

From Bill Seiberlich:

1.) Communications Department Internship, Visit Bucks County, Bensalem, PA

Bucks County, PA! Are you social media savvy, enjoy writing, love Bucks County & lookin for an internship in a fun environment? Good News! Visit Bucks County is looking for an intern in our Communications Department! Email me your resume at if you are interested.

VISIT BUCKS COUNTY. Official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County, PA, 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020

*** From Prichard Communications' Mac's List:

2.) Marketing Assistant, Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, Vancouver, Washington

We are looking for a creative and energetic professional to join the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office. The Marketing Assistant provides principal support to the Marketing & Communications Manager. Depending on experience and qualifications this position will either be a full-time or part-time position.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Include “Marketing Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office

101 East 8th Street, Suite 240

Vancouver, Washington 98660-3294

3.) Regional Development Manager, Outward Bound, Minneapolis, Minnesota

*** From Mark Sofman:

4.) Deconstruction Supervisor, Center for Ecological Technology, Northampton, MA

5.) Executive Director, Wolf Haven International, Tenino, WA


The core responsibility of the Executive Director (ED) is to provide leadership to Wolf Haven International in liaison with the Board of Directors. The ED is responsible for program operations, overall revenue generation, financial management, organizational development, staff management, and coordinating strategic planning with the Board of Directors. Key programs encompass the sanctuary for captive-bred wolves, education, and conservation. The role often involves working alone and with others to create and develop events, strategies, and organization enhancements designed to raise public awareness of WHI’s mission and vision, and to help secure the future of the organization. Guidance and oversight is provided by the Board of Directors. Current priorities are in the areas of development and management of fiscal resources to ensure maintenance and further development of programs supporting the mission of WHI.


• Understands Wolf Haven’s mission and how each of our programs supports that mission.

• Cultivates a strong partnership with the Board of Directors in setting policies consistent with the mission and vision of WHI.

• Manages all fund development activities, including grant writing, cultivation and stewardship of donors, event planning, and identifying new resources. Actively seeks and maintains a diverse donor base of individual, business, foundation and government segments, including overseeing the development of major giving and capital improvement campaigns.

• Oversees and prepares the annual budget and other necessary financial documents. Provides information to the Board in its budgetary review and approval process.

• Ensures that financial policies, procedures, and systems are in place to manage funds and make regular reports to the Finance Committee and the full Board of Directors.

• Manages resources to ensure the organization’s financial stability over the short and long term.

• Leads, motivates and supervises staff so that they promote programs to attain WHI’s goals and objectives, as identified by the Board and staff.

• Ensures that the organization’s staff has the skills appropriate to their respective positions by focusing on hiring, ongoing staff development, performance management, compensation and benefits.

• Assures that employment policies are adhered to in all employment practices and partners with WHI Board to implement any changes.

• Maintains high standards of professionalism.

• Promotes WHI’s visibility and welfare through membership and participation in community organizations, and by participating in activities that are aligned with WHI’s mission and vision.

• Advocates at the local, state, and national level for WHI’s goals.

• In coordination with the Board, develops a strategic marketing plan that provides a clear and concise message. Oversees the execution of marketing and media relations.


• Experience serving as a senior administrator for a nonprofit organization.

• Decisive leader who can set goals, develop short and long range plans, and prioritize tasks.

• Demonstrated knowledge of conservation and commitment to improve the environment.

• Demonstrated record of successful fiscal management of an entity.

• Substantial, successful record in fundraising from foundations, corporations and individual donors including major donor fundraising.

• Strategic thinker who researches, solicits input and considers all facets of a problem or situation.

• Reputation for integrity and leadership.

• Ability to set priorities and effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Experience working in deadline-driven environment.

• Ability to inspire and empower team members without micromanaging.

• Strong diplomatic skills and ability to facilitate supportive relationships among all constituencies, including staff, volunteers and board members.

• Dedicated hard worker who accepts responsibility for her/his decisions and actions and recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of colleagues.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications

• Four-year college degree. Degree in conservation or financial area preferred.

• Minimum of four (4) years of not for profit management experience.

• Willingness to work long hours, often outside a normal 8-5 setting.


• The compensation and benefits package is competitive with comparable community-based nonprofits in the region.

• The current annual salary range is $60,000 – $70,000 commensurate with experience.

• Benefits package (TBD).


Electronic applications are preferred. Please send Application Letter, Resume, and answers to the Questions Relating to Qualifications (below) to:

Those unable to submit applications electronically may contact Steve Siera, President, Board of Directors, (360) 412-9236 for alternative submission directions.

Wolf Haven Executive Director Questions Relating to Qualifications:

The following questions provide you with the opportunity to further acquaint the Wolf Haven Board of Directors with your qualifications, allowing the Board insight into the potential fit of your skills with the responsibilities of the Executive Director.

1. You will be accountable for the development and maintenance of a balanced operating budget while moving the organization forward to achieve the growth and change required within the rapidly changing non-profit environment. What skill sets do you bring to achieve organization expansion and responsible stewardship of assets?

2. You will often be the voice and face of Wolf Haven International within the community, forming and maintaining critical partnerships with businesses, organizations and agencies. What specific professional experiences do you bring to the job that relate to coalition building?

3. You will direct outreach efforts to expand and retain the Wolf Haven International membership base. What specific outreach and marketing/fundraising experiences do you bring to the position?

4. You must provide leadership to the staff and volunteers, articulate the Wolf Haven vision to them, and promote motivation, creativity and trust. What specific life skills do you bring to the job that will assist in achieving success in these areas?

5. What additional specific skills will you provide to meet organizational needs?

6.) Director of Education, Plains Conservation Center, Aurora, Colorado

7.) Executive Director, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Beach, California

8.) French Editor, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

What you’ll be doing:

§ Developing and maintaining the tone and voice of MEC’s French language content

§ Leading the editorial process of all member-facing French content including the catalogue, Website (French blog included), in-store signage and member communications

§ Developing internal processes and systems for the on-going development and maintenance of MEC’s French

language communications materials, including product copy and editorial content

§ Editing the work of the French writers and translators

§ Acting in accordance with MEC’s sustainability strategies

§ Completing special projects as assigned

What you need to do it well:

§ Post-secondary degree or certificate in related discipline ( i.e. Translation, Journalism, Communications, Writing)

§ 3-5 years related experience

§ Excellent bilingual communication skills, both oral and written

§ Excellent copy editing skills

§ Excellent organization and time management skills

§ Detail oriented

§ Proven ability to manage multiple stakeholder requirements and input

Please submit resume with covering letter stating job posting number addressed to the position Manager:

Email to:

Fax To: 604-731-3826

Human Resources

MEC Head Office

149 West 4th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5Y 4A6

9.) Director of Education, Plains Conservation Center, Aurora, Colorado

10.) Executive Director, US Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado

11.) Senior Foundation Relations Manager, Wilderness Society, San Francisco, California

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