Your Very Next Step newsletter for June 2012


Your Very Next Step newsletter for June 2012

 

By Ned Lundquist

www.yourverynextstep.com

 

To see the world in a grain of sand,

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.

— William Blake

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

– Lao Tzu

 

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*** In this issue:

 

***  Keith Moore needs reintegrating:

***  Mark Sofman at Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek: Prosecuting Piscatorial

Pursuits

 

***  Travel news

 

***  787 Dreamliner becomes reality three years behind schedule

***  Surfing Loves Its Hot, Bikini-Clad Beauties

***  10 Places Where You Can Sleep on a Beach

***  2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

***  2012 Overseas Adventure Travel photo contest

***  Visit Costa Rica’s dense natural environment

***  Strange Sea Species Found Off Greenland

***  Higher baggage fees:

***  Join the Great American Backyard Campout on June 23

***  Giant Constrictor Snakes in Florida: A Sizeable Research Challenge

***  Save Sea Turtles and Sea Turtle Habitats

***  The Basics of Pack Loading from www.rei.com:

***  Tread Lightly!’s Tips for Responsible Personal Watercraft Use

 

***  Trail / Outdoor / Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Philmont Scout Ranch Volunteer Vacation, Cimarron, New Mexico

2.)  Volunteer Visitor Services, Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton, MA

3.)  Trail Maintenance Volunteer opportunity, Mountains Recreation and

Conservation Authority, Santa Clarita, CA

4.)  Downhill ski and snowboard instructor Junior Volunteers (JRVs),

Youth Enrichment Services, Boston, MA

5.)  Volunteers – Enjoy and Promote Native Plant Landscaping,  Kul Kah

Han Gardens, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department, Chimacum,

Washington

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

 

Rail Trail of the Month: June 2012

West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail

 

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

 

1.)  Development Director, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Denver,

Colorado

2.)  Camp Host – 2012, Yukon River Camp [Summer], Sukakpak and Northern

Alaska Tour Company, Yukon River Camp, Alaska

3.)  Director of Outdoor Education, The White Mountain School,

Bethlehem, NH

4.)  Partnership Outreach Coordinator, Colorado Parks and Wildlife,

Denver, CO

 

…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!

 

*** Do you have a travel adventure to share?

 

Send me your stories and I’ll post in the “Your Very Next Step” and on

the YVNS website (http://www.yourverynextstep.com/).

 

***  Keith Moore needs reintegrating:

 

Ned, I published a bit of a rant on my blog recently about United

Airlines: An Open Letter to United Airlines.

 

http://www.kammentary.com/2012/05/open-letter-to-united-airlines.html

 

Since you also cover outdoors activities, I also posted a recent piece

on how backpackers can reintegrate into society after a few days in the

wilderness: How to Reintegrate Into Normal Society: A Guide for

Backpackers.

 

http://www.kammentary.com/2012/05/how-to-reintegrate-into-normal-society.html

 

 

 

Best,

Keith

 

Keith A. Moore

 

***  Mark Sofman at Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek: Prosecuting Piscatorial

Pursuits

 

After wrapping things up at the Hobart & William Smith Reunion weekend

in Geneva, NY, I ventured south to fish Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek

Valley, a/k/a Grand Canyon of the East among other monikers.

 

Arrived at upper end of Pine Creek in Ansonia around 3:30pm – drove up

to Colton Point State Park to scope the campsites – $17 bucks a night

for us out-of-staters on the honor system.  Then proceeded down to

Owassie Road, found a place to park, donned the waders and equipped with

a shitload of fly boxes (haven’t been after trout in a while) entered

the river and proceeded to get skunked.  Had a couple of slashing rises

to an Adams and a Chuck Caddis, but no takes.

 

There were green drakes in the air, a few sulphurs, caddis and a mayfly

that looked like a larger sulphur, but I’m not sure what it was.  Most

seemed to be dipping to the water to drop their eggs.  River seemed a

little bit high and slightly murky.  Could well have been due to rain

storms across the Southern Tier of NY and northcentral PA that added to

the flow.

 

Exited the stream when the rain began around 7:30 and then it really

started to pour big time just as I unceremoniously dumped my waders in

the back of the car and got behind the wheel. It gets dark about an hour

earlier down that deep in the canyon and it seems the trees also absorb

a lot of the light too.  I then drove through the rain to Colton Point

to set up camp.  Alas, I was trapped in the car for over an hour by the

downpour and a little bit after 9pm when it let up, I thought I’d set up

my tent, etc.  Ground was sodden like a sponge; screw it, I’m finding a

room somewhere.  The Microtel at Mansfield just off the US 15 exit

wanted $149 for ONE NIGHT!  So I told the woman at the desk, “Well, I

guess Microtel does NOT mean micro prices.”  Went into Mansfield and

found a room for $75 at the Mansfield Inn.

 

Monday morning, I left Mansfield around 8am for Sheetz (coffee and road

donuts) then off to Pine Creek via US 15 south to Liberty and PA 414

West to Blackwell.  Followed 414 along Pine Creek to Wolfe’s General

Store and Fly Shop in Slate Run.  Along the way, the creek was notably

up and discolored.  Bought some flies at Wolfe’s in exchange for fishing

info and elected to head for Slate Run up Slate Run Rd, Francis Road and

Morris Run Road.

 

Parked next to the bridge over Slate Run ~ 9:30am and spent about 20-30

minutes weighing the question of the day:  “Should I fish upstream or

down?”  Elected to go downstream.  Slate Run is a beautiful freestoner,

mountain laurel in flower, birds all over the place and clear cold water

with a good flow.  With no hatch on, I opted to use a number of dry

flies (Royal Wulff, Ausable Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis, Klinkhammer Special)

and got only a couple of slashes but no hookups a couple hours in  –

plus I must have lost a half a dozen flies to the trees by this point.

Fishing a mountain stream for trout is WAY different than wet wading the

Potomac for smallies – I need to remember that next time.  And I really

should go trouting more often – it reignites that exploring/adventuring

mindset from when one was a kid, messing around in the woods and streams

near home or on Boy Scout trips.

 

So I changed tactics and went with a Pheasant Tail nymph highsticked

through plunge pools – and so after about a half hour of this tactic I

landed a 12-14 inch beauty of a wild brown – it’s the pic with the fish

resting on my net.   I then proceed downstream to successive plunge

pools and deeper runs and lost two more flies, depleting my supply of

the magical pheasant tail.  Tied on a new pheasant tail – this one with

a clear glass bead head and kept high sticking for a while. Bagged my

second fish, about 12″, in a later plunge pool and run adjacent to

overhanging rock.

 

Continued on some more, lost that glass-bead pheasant tail (shit! I’m

not sure I still have those beads) and a few more nymphs.  Called a halt

around 4:30 realizing that I still had to get up a very steep bank to

the road and thence to the car.  Well, I cleared the bank and wouldn’t

you know it, I could see my car, not even a 1/4 mile away.  Down on

Slate Run for something like 6-7 hours it felt like I’d waded, slogged,

tripped, stumbled and slipped my way much, much further downstream.

 

Hopped in the car, drove along Pine Creek to Jersey Shore and then hit

the highways and byways for home.  Glad I took Tuesday off, as I needed

a good chunk of the day to dry out wading boots, waders, hippers, open

fly boxes to air dry, etc.  And mow the lawn.

 

I’m looking forward to a return engagement.  Next trip will be for

smallmouth on either the Shenandoah or Potomac on Father’s Day.

 

Pics are here:

https://plus.google.com/photos/116292857394301809396/albums/5750729509847634369?authkey=CLuCkt7vkLCtuQE

 

 

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

 

***  787 Dreamliner becomes reality three years behind schedule

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/sep/26/787-dreamliner-boeing-first-ana?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

 

 

(Ned notes:  I flew into Boston Logan on Monday 11 June from DCA on the

Shuttle and saw the JAL 787 taxi and depart to Narita.)

 

***  Surfing Loves Its Hot, Bikini-Clad Beauties

 

Are there any men that surf anymore? You’d never know if it you relied

on advertisers for comment. Now, it seems, it’s only hot, young women in

string bikinis who surf. Check out this commercial for Tribord which

lovingly caresses hot, young surfers and they become one with the water.

 

Created by Fred & Farid, it’s beautifully shot and a pleasure to watch.

And it makes you wish you surfed. So you could hang with these beautiful

girls.

 

http://www.adrants.com/2012/05/surfing-loves-its-hot-bikiniclad.php

 

***  10 Places Where You Can Sleep on a Beach

 

Romantic Villas, Bungalows & Cottages on the Beach

 

Read more:

http://www.frommers.com/slideshow/index.cfm?group=1105&p=1#ixzz1vyNiOb55

 

***  2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2012/

 

 

***  2012 Overseas Adventure Travel photo contest

 

PICTURE THIS: A FREE OAT adventure for two!

 

http://www.oattravel.com/Community/Traveler-Photo-Contest/2012-Photo-Contest.aspx

 

 

***  Visit Costa Rica’s dense natural environment

 

Costa Rica recently celebrated World Environment Day, and it’s not a

surprise to see why.

http://www.gadventures.com/travel-news/costa-rica/visit-costa-ricas-dense-natural-environment-800791134/

 

 

***  Strange Sea Species Found Off Greenland

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/photogalleries/100421-new-fish-species-strange-greenland-pictures/

 

 

***  Higher baggage fees:

 

From Business Travel News:

 

United Airlines (has) raised to $100 from $70 the fee for checking a bag

on most transatlantic flights. According to a research note from Wolfe

Trahan analyst Hunter Keay, the move followed a similar upward

adjustment by Delta in January to $100 from $75 for checking a bag on

transatlantic flights and came “despite falling fuel prices.”

 

***  Join the Great American Backyard Campout on June 23,

www.backyardcampout.org, and spend an evening under the stars, while

raising much-needed funds for NWF programs that help get American kids

back outdoors and back into a healthy, active lifestyle

 

***  Giant Constrictor Snakes in Florida: A Sizeable Research Challenge

 

Since the mid-1990s, several species of non-native, giant constrictor

snakes, such as Burmese pythons and boa constrictors, have surfaced in

localities throughout southern Florida. Several are known or suspected

to be breeding and appear to be spreading northward. Increasingly, media

and other reports of sightings or encounters with these animals have

emphasized the dangers they could impose on native species, ecosystems,

pets, and people.

 

http://www.fort.usgs.gov/FLConstrictors/

 

***  Save Sea Turtles and Sea Turtle Habitats

 

by Deborah Mitchell

 

 

Sea turtles have existed for more than 100 million years, but today they

are struggling for their lives and their future. The ability of sea

turtles to survive threats from their most formidable enemy — humans —

depends on our willingness to change how we are impacting the

environment, theirs and ours.

 

Sea turtles play key roles in ecosystems that are critical to them as

well as to humans: the oceans, beaches, and dunes. If sea turtles were

to become extinct, the negative impact on beaches and the oceans would

be enormous.

 

In the oceans, for example, sea turtles, especially green sea turtles,

are one of the very few creatures (manatees are another) that eat a type

of vegetation called sea grass that grows on the sea floor. Sea grass

must be kept short to remain healthy, and beds of healthy sea grass are

essential breeding and development areas for many species of fish and

other marine life. A decline or loss of sea grass beds would mean a loss

of the marine species that directly depend on the beds, which would

trigger a chain reaction and negatively impact marine and human life.

When one part of an ecosystem is destroyed, the other parts may follow.

 

Beaches and dunes are a fragile ecosystem that does not get many

nutrients to support its vegetation, which is needed to help prevent

erosion. Sea turtles contribute nutrients to dune vegetation from their

eggs. Every year, sea turtles lay countless numbers of eggs in beaches

during nesting season. Along one twenty-mile stretch of beach in Florida

alone, for example, more than 150,000 pounds of eggs are laid each year.

Nutrients from hatched eggs as well as from eggs that never hatch and

from hatchlings that fail to make it into the ocean are all sources of

nutrients for dune vegetation. A decline in the number of sea turtles

means fewer eggs laid, less nutrients for the sand dunes and its

vegetation, and a higher risk for beach erosion.

 

All seven species of sea turtles (loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, olive

ridley, hawksbill, green, leatherback, flatback) are protected by the

Endangered Species Act; six are endangered and one (loggerhead) is

threatened. One reason sea turtles are in jeopardy is human demand for

sea turtle parts (meat and shells) which continues to rise, even though

international trade in such items is illegal under the Conventional for

International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Other

dangers to sea turtles include entanglement in commercial fishing nets,

pollution, poaching (of eggs), and dredging of coastal areas.

 

The plight of sea turtles has been recognized by concerned people around

the world, and they can use your help to preserve these ancient

creatures and their habitats.

 

Sea turtles migrate thousands of miles to beaches around the world to

lay their eggs and to ensure perpetuation of the species. Where would

you like to go to help them?

 

•             Be part of the sea turtle conservation effort in Ecuador, where there

are nine different locations your efforts will be appreciated. Volunteer

for 2 weeks or longer and help during nesting season or with tagging,

diving, and/or collecting samples.

(http://www.goabroad.com/providers/eco-volunteer-up-foundation/programs/conservation-sea-turtle-volunteer-project-in-ecuador-64695)

 

 

•             In Kenya, be part of the Watamu Turtle Watch.Volunteers help with

beach patrols, nest excavation, turtle releases, and research.

(http://www.watamuturtles.com/about/conservation-and-research/)

 

•             An Ecovolunteer project in Thailand focuses on the leatherback, green

turtle, and olive ridley (click on “Reptiles: Sea Turtles”). Volunteers

help with these species as well as survey mangroves and reefs.

 

•             In Costa Rica on the Pacific coast, you can help monitor turtle

nesting areas and record data, clear the beaches to facilitate nesting,

and go on nightly patrols to protect the sea turtles. Stay as little as

one week or up to four.

(http://www.i-to-i.com/volunteer-projects/costal-sea-turtle-conservation.html)

 

 

•             Archelon in Greece offers a variety of opportunities to protect sea

turtles. Zakynthos, Peloponnesus, and Crete are major nesting areas and

need volunteers to monitor the beaches. Nesting and hatching season runs

from May through October. In Athens, the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation

Centre can use volunteers year-round for rehabilitation projects. There

is a four-week minimum stay requirement.

(http://www.anyworkanywhere.com/archelon.html)

Habitat destruction, human activity, and pollution are causing the

numbers of sea turtles to decline at an alarming rate. Volunteers like

you can help keep these magnificent creatures a part of the ecosystems

that help sustain us all.

 

***  The Basics of Pack Loading from www.rei.com:

 

The Bottom of the Pack

 

Virtually all backpacks have large openings at the top and are known as

(ta-da!) top-loading packs. A seldom-seen alternative is a panel-loading

pack which uses a zippered sidewall flap.

 

Nearly every backpacker shoves his or her sleeping bag into the bottom

of the pack. This is also a good place for other items you won’t need

until you make camp at night: long underwear being used as sleepwear,

for example; a pillowcase; maybe a foamless sleeping pad, if it’s the

kind that rolls up into a tiny shape.

 

Any other needed-only-at-night items can go down low except a headlamp

or flashlight. Always have your light source in a readily accessible

space.

 

Tip: Try to keep your sleeping bag separated from anything that can

transmit a fragrance. Bears can’t distinguish between food and nonfood

aromas, so toothpaste or sunscreen can attract their interest as well as

tea bags or jerky.

 

Some packs have a zippered opening at the bottom of the packbag, known

as the sleeping bag compartment. Lots of people love the convenience of

this compartment; others have no use for it since they never access

their bag until the end of the day. It adds a touch of weight, so

consider a pack without one.

 

The Pack’s Core

 

Your heaviest items should be placed 1) on top of your sleeping bag and

2) close to your spine. Usually these items will be:

•Your food stash, either in a couple of stuff sacks or in a bear

canister.

•Your water supply, either in a hydration reservoir or bottles.

•Your cook kit and stove might also go here, though both could be wedged

into the periphery of the load if small and light enough.

 

Carrying a hydration reservoir? Most newer packs include a reservoir

sleeve. This is a slot that holds a reservoir close to your back and

parallel to your spine. It’s easier to insert the reservoir while the

pack is still mostly empty, so that leaves you 2 choices:

•If you prefer efficiency, insert it at home. You’ll have a loaded pack

ready to go as soon as you reach the trailhead.

•If you want the coldest water possible, carry the reservoir in a cooler

and load it and your other middle- and upper-pack contents at the

trailhead.

 

Heavier items should be centered in your pack—not too high, not too low.

The goal is to create a predictable, comfortable center of gravity.

Heavy items too low cause a pack to feel saggy. Too high and the load

might feel tippy.

 

In the past, traditional pack-loading advice (previously published here)

recommended that for trail-walking, heavy items should be carried a

little higher in a pack. Today, with most packs designed to ride close

to the body, the best tactic is to simply keep heavy items close to the

spine and centered in the pack.

 

The Periphery

 

Wrap softer, lower-weight items around the weightier items to prevent

heavier pieces from shifting. What items are these? Your tent body,

rainfly, an insulation layer, a rain jacket. These items can help

stabilize the core and fill empty spaces.

 

Stash frequently used items within easy reach. This includes your map,

compass, GPS, sunscreen, sunglasses, headlamp, bug spray, first-aid kit,

snacks, rain gear, packcover, toilet paper and sanitation trowel. Place

them in the pack’s top pocket or other external pocket, if one exists.

Some packs even offer tiny pockets on the hipbelt.

 

If carrying liquid fuel, make sure your fuel bottle cap is on tightly.

Pack the bottle upright and place it below your food in case of a spill.

 

Other Tips

•Fill up empty spaces. For example, put utensils, a cup or a small item

of clothing inside your cooking pots. Fill up your bear canister.

•Split the weight of large communal items (e.g., tent) with others in

your group. You carry the main body, for example, and your friend can

carry the poles and rainfly.

•Tighten all compression straps to limit load-shifting.

 

The Desired Result

 

Ideally, a well-loaded pack will:

•Feel balanced when resting on your hips.

•Feel cohesive, a whole unit, with nothing shifting or swaying inside.

•Feel stable and predictable as you walk, at one with your upper body.

 

Beyond the Basics

 

You now know the fundamentals of loading a backpack. But for inquisitive

readers, here are some additional points of interest.

 

Q: Where should I pack long, rigid items such as tent poles, not-in-use

trekking poles or a rolled-up sleeping pad?

 

A: Packs typically provide external straps, loops and sleeve-like side

pockets where such items can be lashed or stashed.

•Tent poles: If your pack offers elasticized side pockets, place the

poles down one side of the pack, behind one or more compression straps,

with one end of the poles in the pocket.

•Sleeping pad: You may need an extra set of straps to attach it to a

lash point on the top of the pack or near your waistline on the outside

of the pack. Another option: Put it beneath your top pocket (lid) and

the top opening of the pack, then tighten the lid to the pack. The pad

may be vulnerable to slipping out either side, so secure the pad to the

pack with an extra strap or 2. Note: It’s fine to carry tent poles and a

sleeping pad inside a pack if you have the space.

•Trekking poles: Same deal; just put the grips in the pocket and the tip

pointing upward.

•Ice axe: External tool loops make it possible to carry an inverted axe

on your back until it’s needed.

•Crampons: Carry them inside your pack in a protective case. Or, lash

them to the outside of the pack as long as you use protective point

covers.

•Other tools: Some packs offer a series of external stitched loops

called a daisy chain. Use it to clip or tie small items on your pack.

 

Note: Minimize the amount of gear you attach to your pack’s exterior.

External items can potentially get snagged on brush in areas of dense

vegetation. Too much external gear could also jeopardize your stability.

 

See charts that show how much space some common backpacking items–from

ultralight to more deluxe items–occupy inside a pack at

http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/loading+backpack.html.

 

***  Tread Lightly!’s Tips for Responsible Personal Watercraft Use

 

Read below for some excellent tips on how to Tread Lightly! while riding

a PWC. You can also check out this great 2-minute video

(http://www.treadlightly.org/page.php/education-videos/education-videos.html#PWC).

 

TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY

Travel responsibly on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in

designated areas.

•             Travel only in areas open to your personal watercraft (PWC).

•             Always wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket (PFD).

•             When riding, make sure your lanyard is attached to your PFD, wrist or

clothing.

•             Always maintain your PWC at a safe speed. If you fall off your PWC,

always re-board from the rear.

•             Keep an eye out for other boaters, objects and swimmers.

•             Never jump a wake. If crossing a wake, cross at low speeds and keep a

close lookout for skiers and towables.

•             Comply with all signs and respect barriers. This includes speed

limits, no-wake zones and underwater obstructions.

•             Make every effort to ride with a partner on another watercraft.

•             Do not ride at night. PWCs are not equipped with lights.

•             Make certain your trailer lights work and your PWC is secure on the

trailer before you travel to your destination.

•             Balance your load including items stowed inside your PWC.

•             Don’t mix PWCs with alcohol or drugs.

RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS

Respect the rights of others, including anglers, swimmers, skiers,

boaters, divers and others so they can enjoy their recreational

activities undisturbed.

•             Show consideration to all recreationists on and around waterways.

•             Be courteous to other boaters while in boat ramp areas. Launch and

retrieve your PWC as quickly as possible.

•             Keep the noise down, especially around the shore.

•             Do not idly ride around near beaches, picnicking areas, campgrounds or

shoreline residences.

•             If crossing private property, be sure to ask permission from the

landowner(s).

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Educate yourself prior to a trip by learning rules and regulations,

planning for your trip, taking recreation skills classes and knowing how

to operate your equipment safely.

•             Obtain charts of your destination and determine which areas are open

to PWCs.

•             Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone of your

travel plans.

•             Contact the land manager for area restrictions, closures and permit

requirements.

•             Check the weather forecast for your destination. Plan clothing,

equipment and supplies accordingly.

•             Make sure you have enough fuel and oil for the entire trip.

•             Make sure your owner’s manual and registration are on board in

waterproof containers.

•             Always carry a Coast Guard approved working fire extinguisher and

warning flares.

•             Know distress signals and warning symbols.

•             Prepare for the unexpected by packing necessary emergency items.

•             Carry a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and know how to use it.

•             Know your limitations. Apply sunscreen, drink lots of water and watch

your energy level.

•             Take a PWC education course to learn more about navigating waterways

and safe and enjoyable PWC riding.

•             Make sure your watercraft is mechanically up to the task. Be prepared

with tools, supplies and a spill kit.

AVOID SENSITIVE AREAS

Avoid sensitive areas and operating your watercraft in shallow waters or

near shorelines at high speeds.

•             Always launch at a designated boat ramp. Backing a vehicle on a

riverbank or lakeshore can damage the area and lead to erosion.

•             Always travel slowly in shallow waters and avoid riding in water less

than 2½ feet deep. High speeds near shorelines lead to large wakes which

cause shoreline erosion.

•             Avoid sensitive areas such as seasonal nesting or breeding areas.

•             Do not disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites.

•             Avoid “spooking” wildlife you encounter and keep your distance.

•             Motorized and mechanized vehicles are not allowed in designated

Wilderness Areas.

DO YOUR PART

Do your part by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better

than you found it, properly disposing of fuel, oil and waste, avoiding

the spread of invasive species and restoring degraded areas.

•             Pack out what you pack in.

•             Carry a trash bag and pick up litter left by others.

•             When fueling a watercraft, take every precaution not to spill fuel

into the water.

•             Be prepared. Carry a spill kit, which includes absorbent pads, socks

and booms.

•             Use a fuel collar or bib when fueling to catch drips and overflow and

prevent backsplash.

•             Observe proper sanitary waste disposal or pack your waste out.

•             Before and after a trip, wash your gear, PWC, and support vehicle to

reduce the spread of invasive species. Make sure to remove all plant

material from your PWC, motor, trailer and other gear and dispose on dry

land in a garbage container. Also drain livewells, bilge water and

transom wells at the boat launch prior to leaving.

Take Boat U.S. Foundation’s free online boater education course:

http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/default.asp

Educate Yourself and take an Online Boater Safety and License Course

(http://www.boaterexam.com/usa/).

For more in-depth information about Personal Watercraft, download the

Tread Lightly! Guide to Responsible Personal Watercraft Use

(http://www.treadlightly.org/files/page_text/PWCGB07.pdf).

Click here to get more tips for all kinds of outdoor recreation

(http://www.treadlightly.org/page.php/education-recreationtips/Recreation-Tips.html).

 

 

*** Trail/Outdoor/Conservation volunteer opportunities:

 

1.)  Philmont Scout Ranch Volunteer Vacation, Cimarron, New Mexico

 

Boy Scouts, Boy Scout Alumni, and Boy Scout affiliates, we invite you to

an exclusive opportunity to participate in a week of trail stewardship

at Philmont Scout Ranch, Boy Scouts of America’s largest high-adventure

base located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northeast New Mexico.

American Hiking Society and Boy Scouts of America have teamed up to

offer this special Volunteer Vacation in one of America’s iconic hiking

destinations. The week of stewardship is scheduled for Sept. 22-29,

2012, and is sure to provide participants with an unforgettable

backcountry adventure, pristine hiking, and camaraderie from fellow crew

members.

 

Boy Scouts, Boy Scout Alumni, and outdoor industry professionals, we

invite you to an exclusive opportunity to participate in a week of trail

stewardship at Philmont Scout Ranch, Boy Scouts of America’s largest

high-adventure base located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain of

northeast

New Mexico. Jointly organized by American Hiking Society and Boy

Scouts of America, this week of trail building will provide you with an

unforgettable backcountry adventure, pristine hiking, and camaraderie

from fellow crew members.

TRIP ITINERARY

Saturday, 9/22/12: Volunteers arrive at Philmont Scout Ranch Camping

Headquarters, Cimarron, New Mexico

Sunday, 9/23/12: Crew departs CHQ and hikes to a backcountry camp,

which will be basecamp for the rest of the week

Monday, 9/24/12 – 9/28/12: Trail Stewardship projects taking place in

multiple locations

Friday, 9/28/12: Crew breaks down camp and hikes back to CHQ for

the last night

Saturday, 9/29/12: Volunteers travel home

TRIP DETAILS

Free time will be included to ensure all volunteers have the opportunity

to take advantage of the multitude of outdoor recreation activities in

the

area like hiking, fly fishing, and orienteering.

Volunteers will be led by experienced BSA Crew Leaders

All meals will be provided during the week

Applications are due Friday, June 15, 2012.

Download the registration form or get more information about Philmont at

the Philmont Scout Ranch website.

http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101483426795-981/2012+Registration+Form+Philmont.pdf

 

http://bit.ly/Lse1fR

 

2.)  Volunteer Visitor Services, Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton, MA

 

Help out in our new visitor service and gift shop area! We need

friendly, reliable folks to staff our front desk area. Answer general

park and museum inquiries; sell admissions and gift shop items.

Informal, educational setting.

 

Qualifications: We need someone with a pleasant and professional manner,

who will make our visitors and callers’ feel welcome. A weekly

commitment required. Training is provided. Must be at least 15 years of

age.

 

To inquire about this position:

To request a volunteer application call: Blue Hills Trailside Museum at

(617) 333-0690 ext. 223

 

http://www.massaudubon.org/Jobs/index.php?type=Volunteer#BlueHillsTrailsideMuseum

 

 

3.)  Trail Maintenance Volunteer opportunity, Mountains Recreation and

Conservation Authority, Santa Clarita, CA

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp413350.jsp

 

4.)  Downhill ski and snowboard instructor Junior Volunteers (JRVs),

Youth Enrichment Services, Boston, MA

 

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is a unique and well-established youth

development organization that introduces Boston kids and teens to the

great outdoors through skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, rock

climbing, and other sports. Our Operation SnowSports and Outdoor

Adventure programs instill positive values, help kids develop a healthy

lifestyle, and teach teamwork. YES also runs the YES Academy which

provides year-round opportunities for youth to learn the critical skills

needed to be successful in college, work, and life. YES has been

providing youth development, leadership, and enrichment programs for the

past 44 years and has served over 100,000 Boston kids!

Our JRVs are already part of the YES Family! They’re veterans of YES ski

trips, and now they’re ready for more. The JRV program provides

opportunities for community service and civic engagement and trains

YESkids to be downhill ski and snowboard instructors. As instructors,

they teach others how to put it together safely on the slopes and also

act as positive role models for their peers during outings and classes.

Last year, 65 students trained to be JRVs.

We use a tiered youth development model to track each JRV’s progress.

Using the same green, blue and black-diamond designations that mark the

ski and snowboard trails, YES tracks each JRV’s progress in school,

community service, on-site training, civic engagement, and other

development areas. JRV’s are recognized for their accomplishments and

attainment of each developmental level receiving complimentary

ski/snowboard passes.

JRVs are required to dedicate the following:

 

•One weekend day per month of slope time

•Weekly 3-hour shift in the rental shop, involved in community service

or on-site training

•An instructional training weekend trip

 

The Junior Volunteer Program is currently accepting applications for the

2012-2013 winter season will be posted in August, 2012 and will be due

October 15, 2012.

YES Junior Volunteer Application – Outdoor Adventure 2012

 

http://www.yeskids.org/get-involved/Volunteer/#3

http://www.yeskids.org/about

 

5.)  Volunteers – Enjoy and Promote Native Plant Landscaping,  Kul Kah

Han Gardens, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department, Chimacum,

Washington

 

This one acre demonstration garden represents 5 ecosystems in the

Pacific Northwest and currently displays over 150 native plant species.

Volunteers learn how and where to grow these plants in home gardens

through hands on experience.  Educational events on topics related to

native plants are held each year such as ethnobotany, usage by birds,

beneficial micorrhyzae, propagation and more.  Work parties are held

every Wednesday from 10am-4pm from March through October.  A short

educational demonstration and refreshments are offered after the work

party around 3:30pm on the last Wednesday of each month.  For more

information contact Linda Landkammer, Designer-In-Chief, at

wild4nature@isomedia.com or 360-379-8733 or visit our website

www.nativeplantgarden.wordpress.com

 

Current Volunteer Openings

 

WATER NEWLY PLANTED SPECIES:

 

Once a week from mid May – mid September (for about 2 hours) follow pre-

planned watering schedule in designated beds.   Lots of quiet time while

hand watering and you can boost the psyches of our plants by talking to

them.

 

DIG EXTRA PLANTS:

 

Dig starts from the garden and pot up for the nursery.   Place labels in

pots.   (2 hrs/mo.)

 

PATH MAINTENANCE GROUP:

 

We need 2-4 people to come once a month to walk the paths nd remove

weeds/leaves/twigs that have fallen there.

 

MONTANE STEWARD- Become a Co-Steward or assist Carol Scrol in Enlarging

and planting one new bed.  Plants available: Fools Huckleberry, Scarlet

Paintbrush, Oregon Boxwood, etc.  (2-3 hrs/wk)

 

MEADOW STEWARD-   Plant out the boulder outcropping.  Deadhead the

yellow yarrow in late summer and remove some of it.  Enlarge the Garry

Oak area.   (2-3 hours a week)

 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR- (1 hour a week) Can be whatever you want to make

it.  Recruit, find out what volunteers want to get out of their

experience, find ways to thank them, schedule Greywolf onto the

calendar, etc.

 

PROJECT COORDINATOR- Oversee the activity of the following people:

Volunteer Coordinator, Public Outreach , Fundraiser.

 

WHATEVER YOUR PERSPECTIVE. . .You benefit when you participate as a

Volunteer, Steward, Donor, or Sponsor

 

Volunteer Gardeners enjoy and promote Native Plant Landscaping

 

-Join Us As We. . .

 

* Install and maintain Pacific Northwest native plants in the garden

* Grow seeds and propagate plants

* Teach and demonstrate their qualities, uses, and benefits

* Train visitors to use and enjoy native plants on their own

* Practice environmental responsibility

 

Yes, You Can Work with Us!

 

Contribute something of great value — demonstrate your support for the

use of native plants. Feel the sense of accomplishment that comes from

seeing the improvements you make. You’ll grow in wisdom about Pacific

Northwest native plants as you work with knowledgeable and experienced

native plant enthusiasts.

 

Volunteering in the Garden has some material rewards –

 

* Stewards receive free plants for labor

* Volunteers purchase native plants at reduced cost

* Master Gardeners earn hours toward certification

* Volunteers may attend field trips to native plant nurseries

 

BECOME A  GARDEN VOLUNTEER

 

If you’d like to work in this Garden in 2012, just come to H. J. Carroll

Park on any Wednesday anytime between 10am-4pm.Be sure to bring gloves,

drinking water, and your favorite weeding tool.  The jobs are mainly

weeding, deadheading, planting and mulching. Your efforts will be very

much appreciated.

 

Please view the Calendar Page for possible updates.

 

On the last Wednesday of each month, at the end of the work session,

there will be a short plant demonstration.  Afterwards, volunteers may

purchase plants from our nursery stock at a discount.

 

BECOME A GARDEN STEWARD

 

Each garden area mimics a Northwest native ecosystem. Each has a Steward

who watches over that area, helping to plan the development of each new

bed or path. The Steward also helps to decide which plants will be

procured and planted there.  Plan to spend at least two hours a week as

a Garden Steward.

 

Stewards usually learn more because of their focused involvement. They

receive free plants at the end of each month. Our monthly news blog,

“News From The Natives,” will list openings for Stewardship positions.

Present Stewards are identified on the Team Page.

 

JOIN THE SUPPORT TEAM

 

There are many opportunities to support our mission in ways other than

weeding and planting. They might include photography, graphic design,

sending timely emails or building a trellis. Whatever your skills, check

our News blog for our current wish list.

 

DONORS – SUPPORT OUR MISSION AND VISION

 

Your financial or material gift promotes native plant benefits for

everyone by helping us achieve our mission.

Our material needs range from granite boulders, to hoses, to lumber.

Please check the News blog Page and consult the current issue to see

what we are seeking

 

SPONSORS – PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS WITH US

 

We’re glad to provide media space for our sponsors who donate or sponsor

an event. Promote your business on this web site.

 

Call for promotional arrangements to match your type and level of giving

– 360-379-8733.

 

http://nativeplantgarden.wordpress.com/participate/

http://nativeplantgarden.wordpress.com/

 

*** National Rail-Trail of the month:

 

Trail of the Month: June 2012

West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail

By Jake Lynch

 

Though I live in Washington, D.C., West Virginia is still a huge part of

my life. It’s a salve and a haven, just a few hours drive away.

 

It’s family, too. My wife was born and raised in West Virginia, so she

and I often make the weekend trip over to Charleston, beating the

traffic out of town on a Friday afternoon. Driving west out of D.C.,

passing rivers and mountains, I’m like a dog with my head out the

window. The smells, the colors, the endless forests—they quickly wash

away the stresses of the big smoke.

 

The Greenbrier River Trail, through Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties

in east-central West Virginia, is the perfect embodiment of these

sensations. In its 78-mile length, the rail-trail contains many of the

elements that make the Mountain State one of America’s favorite

retreats: the peaks and valleys, the lush forests, the pioneering

history, the genuine hospitality of its small towns, and, of course, the

river. Sometimes silent and lazy, in other seasons full and ambitious,

the Greenbrier River is an almost constant companion to the trail and

flavors the journey at every step.

 

Trains ran here around the turn of the 20th century. Construction began

on what would become the Greenbrier Division of the Chesapeake and Ohio

Railway (C&O) in 1899, and for the next 77 years trains hugging the

river carried lumber and passengers beyond the valley and through

eastern West Virginia.

 

When the line became unprofitable in the 1970s, the last remaining

depots closed their doors. But when C&O donated the corridor to the

state, a new opportunity emerged. Realizing the tremendous resource

before them, local communities mobilized a force of trail supporters and

volunteers behind the effort, and three decades later the Greenbrier

River Trail is one of the most famous and well-loved rail-trails in

America, and an object of tremendous pride among the communities that

built it. (As of this June, in fact, the trail is the newest member of

the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.)

 

My wife and I took some friends to the trail this past April. We had

visited a few times before, but the area changes so much from season to

season that it seemed as new and as compelling to us as it did to our

friends, who were first-timers.

 

We stayed in a cabin in Seneca State Forest, adjacent to the northern

reaches of the trail. It was inexpensive, comfortable, deep in the

forest and without electricity—I cannot recommend these cabins highly

enough (they’re called “Pioneer Cabins”). It was a bit of ride from our

cabin to the river crossing point onto the trail at Clover Lick, but an

easy drive when we revisited the trail the next day. There are similar

cabins, and campgrounds, at Watoga State Park, some 30 miles south along

the trail.

 

Whether it was the environment or the great company, the rain that

weekend took nothing from the pleasure of our adventure. I had ridden

the trail in fair weather before and could recall the sun glinting off

the river. This time, the cool of a wet weekend in late spring brought

its own gratification—we had the trail and river to ourselves.

 

The pallet of my native Australia is browns, dusty yellows and blues, so

I am constantly hypnotized by the incredible green of this part of the

world. The river and the trail are surrounded by forest and the

occasional clearing; hemlock, red spruce, oak, pine, honeysuckle and

azalea—even the occasional balsam fir, rarely seen this far south. In

the few sections where the river leaves the trail, the water is replaced

by light strands of forest.

 

Watoga Bridge, at mile marker 47.9 north of Watoga State Park, and

another about 10 miles north of Marlinton, bring the trail back and

forth across the river. This later bridge, known by some as the

Greenbrier River Bridge, is one of the more memorable features of the

trail. Built in 1900 by the Pencoyd Iron Works in Pennsylvania, it spans

230 feet and curves from Sharps Tunnel at its north, bending south with

the river.

 

The next 10 miles from Sharps Tunnel to Marlinton take you through a

great slice of Greenbrier scenery. If you only have a day to spare, I

recommend this section. Coming in and out of Marlinton also gives you a

chance for a good meal and a bed right off the trail in town.

 

We took advantage of those amenities the next morning, when we realized

we had prepared poorly in terms of sustenance. Luckily for us, the

terrific Dirt Bean Café and Bike Shop opens early, and we were able to

pick up a few delicious egg and bacon biscuits—one each for on the spot,

and a couple more for the backpack. During our subsequent visit to

Seneca State Forest, we prepared a little better and were able to pick

up all manner of snacks and drinks at an excellent gas station and

supermarket south of Greenbank along State Route 28/92. Farther north,

the larger communities of Moorefield and Petersburg will have most

anything you might need.

 

One of the best features of the Greenbrier River Trail is that it has

achieved accessibility without compromising its remote character. A

number of small shelters and fire-rings along the trail provide

hospitality for trail users, yet these amenities feel more like genuine

relics of the pioneering days than intruding modern amenities. The

old-fashioned water pumps and restored depot buildings along the way

contribute to this vibe.

 

Most trailheads pop out into tiny communities of well-kept

colonial-style homes, among lovely valleys and far from any sounds but

the river. The roads are windy and often rough, so cars move at a pace

appropriate to the relaxed nature of the scene. Though the northern

reaches of the trail are a little wilder and isolated than the southern,

the difference is not marked, and any stretch of this wonderful trail

has a wilderness feel.

 

We learned recently that West Virginia State Parks has completed the

much-needed connection to the trail from the town of Cass. Visitors from

the north and northwest are now able to cut some time from their drive

to reach a convenient trailhead, and the new section will also encourage

trail users to explore this historical railroad town.

 

Though a much smaller community, this direct link will no doubt help

Cass as it has helped Marlinton, but without infringing on the natural

landscape. And that, perhaps, is what we love most about the trail; it

brings us into the precious wild environment of West Virginia without

lessening it. The towns along its route have been sustained by the

trail, but not compromised. This balance is evident in wild stretches

along the pathway and in the communities that connect to it, and both of

these qualities count highly among the journey’s many charms.

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringFeatures/trailMonth/index.html

 

 

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

 

1.)  Development Director, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Denver,

Colorado

http://www.execsearches.com/non-profit-jobs/jobDetail.asp?job_id=24163

 

2.)  Camp Host – 2012, Yukon River Camp [Summer], Sukakpak and Northern

Alaska Tour Company,  Yukon River Camp, Alaska

 

Responsible for assisting with all front-of-the-house activities

[including greeting, serving, bussing, cashiering] related to both menu

and buffet service in a fast-paced roadside cafe.

 

$7.75 / hour  +  room and meals  +  $1,000.00 transportation

reimbursement season completion bonus

 

Spend your summer living and working on the banks of Alaska’s famed

Yukon River!

 

In mid-may, eight-foot thick ice on the world’s fifth largest river will

grunt, groan and crack before breaking  free and beginning the long

journey downriver towards the Bering Sea. By mid-June, both commercial

and subsistence fishers ply the Yukon’s water as they work to set up

seasonal fish camps in preparation for a season of netting the legendary

Yukon River King Salmon as they pass by on their 2,000-mile long

spawning run. By late-July, adventurers in canoes and rafts pass,

retracing the route of gold seekers who rode the waters of the mighty

Yukon on their way to gold fields 100 years prior. By early-September,

hunters and their boats descend on the Yukon River en masse, using its

extended waterways to full advantage in an intense search for the mighty

Yukon moose and the critical food source it will provide for the long

winter ahead. By early-November, cold temperatures have once again

formed a thick icy cap over the Yukon’s now frigid waters, signaling

that winter has settled in once again.

 

At the center of all this activity is Yukon River Camp, providing food,

lodging, fuel and other services to both visitors and residents of the

region. Yukon River Camp is a summer seasonal operation located at mile

56 on the Dalton Highway [Alaska’s wilderness highway to the Arctic

Ocean] at the north end of the only bridge to cross the Yukon River in

Alaska and just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

 

The focal point of Yukon River Camp is a popular and busy restaurant

open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.  The diverse menu caters both to the

tastes of those guests satisfied by a juicy flame-broiled burger, and to

the tastes of those guests who instead wish to indulge in a meal of

grilled salmon with melon salsa and three-pepper risotto or

horseradish-encrusted halibut with mango salsa and soft polenta [a dish

recently featured along with Yukon River Camp in the National Culinary

Review]. The top-notch menu items and friendly service makes Yukon River

Cafe a travelers oasis along the Dalton Highway.

 

The small coworker population and seasonal status of Yukon River Camp is

ideal for a person looking to enjoy the profound simplicity of summer

along the banks of Alaska’s Yukon River.

 

www.yukonrivercamp.com

 

***  From Andrew Hudson’s JobsList:

 

3.)  Director of Outdoor Education, The White Mountain School,

Bethlehem, NH

 

The White Mountain School seeks a passionate, energetic educator to

serve as Director of Outdoor Education. Duties will begin August 21,

2012. Founded in 1886, The White Mountain School is a boarding school

(grades 9-12) located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.

We are blessed with a remarkable community and dedicated faculty

members.

 

This position is responsible for the management and continued

improvement of all Outdoor Education programs at The White Mountain

School.  These programs include twice yearly five-day field courses for

the full school community (120 students), a three-day orientation trip

for the full school, daily outdoor instructional sports, student

leadership development, and other sponsored events.  The ideal candidate

will have strong technical skills in rock climbing, whitewater kayaking,

ice climbing and backcountry skiing. The candidate should also have

excellent interpersonal/ leadership skills and a solid background in

education.  Our climbing program is accredited by the American Mountain

Guides Association (AMGA) so a certified “Rock Instructor” is desired

but a minimum of “Single Pitch” Instructor is required.  Other

certifications may include Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche Level

I,II,II, ACA, and Swift water Rescue.

 

Other responsibilities include those typical of a boarding school job:

dormitory residence and supervision, and serving as an advisor to

students. A candidate must be passionate about working with students,

have a sense of humor, and fully embrace the active lifestyle of a

boarding school.

 

Candidates should send cover letter and resume via email to Nate Snow,

Assistant Head of School (nate.snow@whitemountain.org).

http://careers.nais.org/jobs/4791014/director-of-outdoor-education

 

4.)  Partnership Outreach Coordinator, Colorado Parks and Wildlife,

Denver, CO

 

Type of Announcement: This position is open only to Colorado state

residents.

 

Closing Date/Time:  Thu. 06/28/12 11:59 PM Mountain Time

 

Primary Physical Work Address:   Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 6060

Broadway, Denver, CO 80216

 

Salary: $4,733.00 – $6,828.00 Monthly

 

Salary Note: Although the full salary range for this position is

provided, appointments are typically made at or near the range minimum.

 

FLSA Status: Exempt; position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

 

 

Job Type: Full Time

 

Who Competes: Individuals eligible for transfer, non-disciplinary

(voluntary) demotion, or reinstatement will be considered outside the

competitive assessment process for this vacancy. Personnel Board Rule

does not guarantee an interview to these individuals. Those who qualify

as transfer, non-disciplinary (voluntary) demotion, or reinstatement who

wish to participate in the competitive process must notify the HR office

of this preference.

 

Location: Adams County, Colorado

 

How To Apply:  Thank you for your interest. Submit an on-line

application by clicking the link below or submit a State of Colorado

Application for Announced Vacancy and all supplemental questions

according to the instructions provided below. Failure to submit a

complete and timely application may result in the rejection of your

application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application

materials are received by the appropriate Human Resources office before

the closing date and time listed above.

 

If not applying on-line, submit application to:  Colorado Parks and

Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216, OR fax to: (303) 291-7210

 

Department Contact Information:  Janice Santistevan, HR Specialist,

(303) 291-7411

 

Methods of Appointment:  Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies

represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible

list created or the transfer, non-disciplinary (voluntary) demotion or

reinstatement applicants. However, there is the possibility that

appointment(s), for valid, articulated business reasons may be made by

transfer, reinstatement, disciplinary or non-disciplinary demotion,

trial service reversion, placement due to return from military service

or another method of appointment not stated.

 

Transcripts Required: An unofficial copy of transcripts must be

submitted at the time of application. Transcripts from colleges or

universities outside the United States must be assessed for U.S.

equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This

documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and must be

included as part of your application materials. Failure to provide a

transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your

application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the

selection process for this announcement.

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/colorado/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=472094

 

 

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