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    May 29, 2020
    Multi-District Innovations Newsletter (May - June)

    May 21, 2020
    News Release and Social Media Post on reopening of USACE recreation areas
    For your situational awareness, the attached news release announcing the gradual reopening of USACE recreation areas was distributed to the media this afternoon.

    The status of USACE-managed campgrounds, boat ramps and swimming beaches and other sites is now available at this web link https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/status.cfm.

    The following information will be posted soon to HQ social media sites -- "USACE has begun the gradual reopening of USACE-managed recreation areas that were closed due to coronavirus precautions. Reopening of closed areas will vary from location to location based on state and local conditions, as well as each project's ability to put in place COVID-19 safety considerations to protect USACE personnel, contractors, volunteers and visitors. We encourage visitors to contact USACE lake and river projects before visiting to ensure recreation areas are open. The status of USACE-managed campgrounds, boat ramps and swimming beaches and other sites is available at https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/status.cfm. Visitors are advised that individual USACE recreation areas may be closed again if it is determined that COVID-19 safety precautions are not being followed and the public could be put at risk as a result. Please help us keep the recreation sites open by recreating responsibly and please wear your life jacket."

    We are also working on a Strongpoint that we hope to have finalized soon.

    Doug Garman
    USACE Public Affairs

    May 1, 2020
    New NRM Uniform Products Available Beginning Today
    A number of new uniform products and/or improvements to existing products have been added to the NRM uniform contract for introduction into the program at various times this fiscal year.

    I'm pleased to announce that the following items have been added to the program beginning today. These are the first items to be offered - additional items will be introduced as they become available.

    Cargo Pants. The Cargo Pant has been redesigned for better fit, comfort and function, with 70% polyester/28% cotton, 6.6 oz. 2 Spandex material (CO95 male, CO96 female; $36.50). The pant has a crotch gusset with four-way mechanical stretch designed for greater mobility, allowing the garment to stretch and move with the wearer to reduce blow-outs. This item will be offered in addition to the existing cargo pant and both items will remain in inventory as ordering history allows. Both items are authorized for Class B Daily and Class C Work wear (not Class B formal wear).

    Brush Pants. The Brush Pant has been redesigned for better fit, comfort and function, with pre-washed 100% cotton, 12-oz duck canvas material (CO99 male; CO100 female; $28.00). The pant has double front reinforced panels for increased durability in the high contact area of the pant. This item will become available on a size-by-size basis as current inventory is depleted per size, and is authorized for Class C Work wear only.

    New Twill Trouser. The Mimix twill trouser has been added to the program, with 65% Polyester/ 35% cotton 8 oz. Rip Stop material (CO93 male, CO94 female; $31.50). Mimix trouser supplements the existing trouser and both trousers will remain in the program for the present time. Authorized for Class B Daily and Class C Work wear (not Class B formal wear).

    Women's Trousers. The design and sizing for all women's trousers have been modified for better fit, comfort, style, and function. The new design will become available as existing inventory is depleted. A big thank you goes out to those who helped in the wear tests, and to the Uniform Committee for reviewing and recommending new and improved products in collaboration of the other agencies who share some of the same products, and for VF Imagewear for their research and product recommendations.

    Have a great weekend all --

    Stephen Austin, Natural Resources Manager
    Senior Policy Advisor for Park Ranger Activities

    April 24, 2020
    FY21 Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership Large Grant RFP
    Please see attached RFP for this year's Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership grant program. Deadline for submissions is August 15

  • Proposals must include on-the-ground habitat restoration objectives. Research proposals are not acceptable.
  • Work conducted for the project is to be completed within 12-18 months of contract approval.
  • RFHP anticipates funding 4-6 projects @ $10,000-$40,000 each.
  • Grants must have a minimum of 1:1 non-federal contributions, which may be in cash, time, goods, or other services.
  • Proposals must be submitted using the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership on-line submission form. Go to http://www.friendsofreservoirs.com/grants/submit-a-project/large- grant/ Corps projects have been very successful at receiving funding from this program. Over the past 6 years, 20 Corps proposals have received funding totaling $384,000 for shoreline stabilization, fish habitat structures, deep water habitat enhancement, habitat islands, willow plantings, etc. To see past winning applications and after action reports, visit the Gateway: https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/partners/ground.cfm? Partner=recfish For questions relative to project development and submission contact: Jeff Boxrucker, Coordinator, Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership; 405-659-1797; jboxrucker@sbcglobal.net . Thanks,
    Heather Burke
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    National Partnership Program Manager

    April 22, 2020
    ArcGIS Online Data Management
    Please be advised that Districts will have an opportunity to work with the National GIS CoP to review data and applications hosted on the USACE HQ ArcGIS Online (AGOL) platform to ensure all hosted content meets best practices for public use. The best practices are outlined in the attached copy of the Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online Standard Operating Procedures document, which provides guidance on use of web GIS platforms in USACE. The primary purpose of the review is to eliminate unshared or unused content and reduce ESRI ArcGIS Online credit consumption for content that is not publicly accessible or is not being shared on the site. Items that are designated as FOUO or contain sensitive or restricted data are not allowed to be hosted on ArcGIS Online. Additionally, USACE HQ ArcGIS Online accounts that have not been accessed in the past year must be deleted. It will be beneficial for District NRM staff to work with their District GIS staff to clarify where existing data and applications are stored, as well as plans for future repository and development needs. Data will not be removed from the USACE AGOL without consultation with District staff. This consultation will also help identify if there are more appropriate alternative locations for data and applications currently hosted on the USACE AGOL platform. Items that should not be hosted on AGOL include:

    1. Duplicative USACE web service or content already published out as an enterprise or National data set (NLD, NID, eHYDRO, etc.)
    2. Inactive web services or content
    3. Unshared web services or content
    4. Other Agency content - data owned by other agencies or state, local governments

    If your district staff have questions please have them contact their local GIS POC then the GIS CoP.

    Thanks,
    Jeremy Crossland
    Program Manager for Land Use and Natural Resources

    April 15, 2020
    Earth Day 2020: Reinforcing our commitment to the environment
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will join one billion people in 190 countries around the world celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year's observances will certainly be curtailed as we honor social distancing policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, while we won't gather for celebrations and seminars, our team will still remember April 22 and its meaning. Earth Day is a time to remember USACE's commitment to enhance and protect the environment for the Nation at large and for our Soldiers.

    For the Nation, we have restored ecosystems and cleaned up contaminated sites. The Corps has incorporated environmental benefits into our project designs for navigation, hydropower, flood risk management and water supply. We have developed systems that decrease the movement of Asian Carp near the Great Lakes as well as critical invasive aquatic plant management tools that generate benefits to water treatment facilities, public health and tourism. Our team has applied Engineering With Nature(r) principles that yield higher performing projects with increased environmental benefits. We will continue to develop new strategic prediction, detection and prevention tools for managing invasive and nuisance species such as harmful algal blooms. And, the Corps will continue to support the Department of Defense's efforts to address contamination challenges related to pervasive per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Guided by our Environmental Operating Principles, we will continue to satisfy the Nation's expectations of us in conservation, management and improvement of the Nation's natural environment.

    For our Soldiers, USACE provides capabilities to Army installation managers to successfully steward their millions of acres of military lands and technology to make installations efficient and self-sufficient. We use our understanding of the built and natural environment to provide guidance and technology to our Soldiers for mission success while serving forward. Structures, vegetation, soils, hydrology, temperature, ice, permafrost and subterranean environments pose threats to them and challenges to maneuverability. American troops want accurate information about the environments they are entering before their boots hit the ground. To answer that call, we are developing high-fidelity map overlays of natural and urban environments. The Corps is developing technology to locate industrial complexes, identify toxic industrial chemicals and materials and predict the impact of chemical releases on missions. We want to keep our Soldiers safe and successful everywhere.

    We have always used expertise and capabilities from across the Corps in new ways to meet new challenges. During the COVID-19 fight, our team has pulled together knowledge in structural and medical facility design, contracting and construction to develop designs and guidelines for alternative care facilities. Our environmental community was also called upon to model the outbreak to determine when and where these facilities would be needed. Corps human health, virology, risk assessment, resilience, computational modeling, geospatial science, high- performance computing and machine learning experts were assembled to rapidly deploy a predictive model of the pandemic. Their goal was to deliver the information about the potential spread of the virus in ways that help leaders make hard decisions quickly about when and where to place facilities.

    On this 50th Earth Day, be proud of our service to the Nation, proud of our protection of Soldiers no matter where they are and proud of our commitment to the Nation's environmental improvement.

    April 15, 2020
    #USACEeducates Launch --A Way To Virtually Reach Your Visitors
    I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce a new online program, created by a talented group of Corps park rangers, designed to provide important interpretive/education programs during this time of "Safe-at-Home" measures.

    Each week we will upload a week of Facebook postings, to the Interpretive Services and Outreach Program (ISOP) SharePoint site, to help our visitors learn about USACE and the world around them while they aren't able to be out at our parks. A notification will be sent out through the NRM Community Forum when the new posts are available. The sharepoint site is located at https://cops.usace.army.mil/sites/NRM/ISO/Online%20Resour ce%20Group/Forms/AllItems.aspx

    Posts are geared toward family and youth education. Attached is a picture for each post, and the Word Doc has the verbiage and links for each day. Some days have an AM and PM posting. Please share these resources on your project and district Facebook pages.

    The theme for week one is, "You can recreate where you are!" Each day "we" explore with our visitors something about our natural world or the USACE. In future weeks we will also be including STEM activities and look forward to Earth Day post next week.

    If you have any questions or ideas for future #USACEeducates posts please send them to Tim Bischoff (Tim.Bischoff@usace.army.mil) and Amanda Kruse (Amanda.L.Kruse@usace.army.mil).

    Additional social media resources regarding water safety can be found on the National Water Safety Program's social media pages (Please Wear It on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and you are encouraged to use and share those resources to promote water safety along with the water safety resources we provide.

    Thank you, and have fun sharing this resource!

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    April 13, 2020
    News Release - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publishes request for comment on proposed revision to regulation governing possession of firearms
    The public notice announcing the proposed revision to the USACE firearm regulation was published today in the Federal Register. This notice begins a 60-day comment period ending on 12 June 2020.

    April 13, 2020
    FY20 Recreation PSAs and Facilities Update - Opens April 15 and Closes May 15 to the Field  Corps Castle
    For Fiscal Year 2020, the NRM (Recreation and Environmental Stewardship) community will continue to utilize the NRM- Assessment Tool to collect annual data that will then be uploaded into OMBIL. Field offices are being asked, starting on April 15, to review the PSA data currently in NRM Assessment for accuracy and completeness.

    Click the above title for full details and webinar schedule.

    March 31, 2020
    Radio Communication and Service Frequently Asked Questions
    In response to many comments in the annual Park Ranger Safety Survey, and to help in our collective reaction to the COVID-19 crises, I'm pleased to share with you the latest product from the Park Ranger Community of Practice (CoP) Advisory Board. The attached "Radio Communication and Service Frequently Asked Questions" document addresses the top 25 most asked radio questions/concerns from the 2016-2019 USACE Park Ranger Safety Surveys. These questions have been answered by the national ACE-IT Radio Group, and include specific instructions on how to solve these 25 encountered issues. Virtually all the radio issues and concerns identified in the surveys have solutions under the existing ACE-IT Radio Program. This information may prove to be even more valuable as we operate more remotely under the current challenges.

    This document serves as a guide for Natural Resources Management program employees to follow in order to solve radio issues and is a product of the Park Ranger CoP Advisory Board. The goal of this board, is to focus on employee safety and security at USACE projects by obtaining employee input in a timely and consistent manner in order to recommend program improvements and stay relevant in a changing environment.

    POC for this action is Scott Tichy, Advisor, Park Ranger CoP Advisory Board. Please contact Mr. Tichy at scott.c.tichy@usace.army.mil, or your Board representative (DLL-Park Ranger Community of Practice (CoP) Advisory Board ) if you have any questions or have additional input for this document which can be modified as more information becomes available. This document will be posted under "Headquarters E- mails and Memos" and linked to the "Park Rangers," "Important News Items," and "New Postings" pages on the NRM Gateway.

    Speaking on behalf of the leadership here at headquarters, I appreciate the excellent work of the Park Ranger CoP Advisory Board in providing yet another useful product for the NRM Community of Practice.

    Stephen Austin, Natural Resources Manager
    Senior Policy Advisor for Park Ranger Activities

    March 25, 2020
    USACE Signs Policy-Army Star Logo
    Although the current COVID-19 threat has our immediate attention we continue to move the existing workload. At the direction of LTG Semonite, both Civil Works and Military Programs moved forward with an initiative to add the Army Star Logo to the sign standards at our civil works and construction projects. I appreciate your efforts to add decals to signs that currently meet the standards and encourage you to continue that process.

    The attached memo, signed by Mr. Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations and Regulatory is effective immediately and modifies the Standard Identification sign to include the Army star logo. The attached memorandum specifies details resulting from the update. This specific change applies only to Standard Identification signs. This change is in addition to the 31 Jan 2020 re-design of the Construction Identification signs.

    The sign factory at UNICOR (Federal Prison Industries) and the Corps sign shops have been briefed on the change and are prepared to produce compliant signs in accordance with this new guidance.

    Please direct any questions to district Sign Program Managers, whose names are listed at the "Division & District POCs" link on the National Sign Standards Program page on the NRM Gateway, located at https://corpslake s.erdc.dren.mil/employees/sign/sign.cfm. District Sign Program Managers with questions should consult their division Sign Program Managers/Sign Advisory Work Group representatives.

    Thank you for your efforts on this program that further recognizes the important role of Army in our USACE missions. My point of contact on this effort is A.J. Jensen, National Sign Program Manager and can be reached at (816) 389-3840 or aj.jensen@usace.army.mil

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    March 25, 2020
    Multi-District Innovations Newsletter (March - April)

    March 25, 2020
    VF Imagewear Uniform Ordering Site Is Now Open
    With all the challenges that we face today, I'm pleased to share some good news by announcing that the VF Imagewear uniform ordering website is now active. Employees who are authorized to wear the USACE Natural Resources Management (NRM) Uniform, under ER/EP 1130-2-550, Chapter 8, "Uniforms for NRM Program Staff", can now place their FY20 uniform orders.

    VF's ordering website is: www.vfsolutions.com/lma

    Please remember that under the uniform allowance authorization system, you must add COE in front of your existing LOGIN account number to gain entry into VF's ordering website (for example "COE170892"). Your password does not need to be preceded by COE.

    Although it's not a requirement and I understand the difficulty caused by this lengthy delay, we do encourage new employees without uniforms to place their orders first and, existing permanent and returning temporary employees to place their orders in about a week. Again this is not a requirement, but just a suggestion to help enable our new employees to receive their initial uniforms as quickly as possible.

    Under the current DoD COVID-19 directive, be mindful of any issues related to deliveries made to your office if closed. Shipping address cannot be changed nor can shipments be made to private residences per contract requirements.

    If you are having difficulty gaining entry, please contact VF Customer Service center at 800-334-9087 and if it's a uniform authorization issue (or account number/password issue), please send an e-mail to your District Uniform Coordinator and your MSC/Division Uniform Committee member (committee member addresses are below) and they will take action with your situation. Some new employees may not yet have an account number and password. Lost or forgotten passwords, may be obtained from your Division Uniform Committee member. Please remember these numbers are no longer being mailed to employees but are being provided to your Division Uniform Committee member.

    The uniform contract is being modified to add and/or replace several existing items, however status of the items and delivery times are not confirmed at this time. We will notify everyone upon the availability of the new items once the modification is complete. Please note that we are working to increase uniform allowances - more to come on that later.

    In speaking on behalf of National Park Service, who worked diligently to accept and process our funds through many internal administrative steps, as well as our District Uniform Coordinators and Division Uniform Committee members, who established employee accounts and fielded many questions and concerns, and VF Imagewear, who quickly loaded the FY20 account info into their website, I know the frustrations that this delay has caused - impacting our NRM employees and projects from doing their work and mission responsibilities in a productive and safe manner.

    Thank you (again!) for your patience and understanding.

    Stephen Austin, Natural Resources Manager

    March 25, 2020
    Call for Nomincations for 2020 Chief of Engineer's Annual NRM Awards - Suspense 4 May
    Earlier today Meg Gaffney-Smith, Deputy Chief Operations and Regulatory Division HQUSACE, sent an email to the MSCs requesting nominations for the 2020 Chief of Engineers Annual Natural Resources Management (NRM) Award program. I encourage all MSCs to submit one nomination each for the 2020 Chief of Engineers Natural Resources Management (NRM) Employee of the Year and the 2020 Chief of Engineers Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence.

    2020 Chief of Engineers Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in interpretation and environmental education by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee in a district or field office. An "interpreter" may be a park ranger, park manager, engineer, safety officer, public affairs officer, wildlife biologist, technician, forester, human resources specialist, or others who effectively use the art of interpretation in communicating the special resource themes for the Corps. This award is based on the demonstration of creativity and originality, which produces a positive experience for visitors and enhances the public's understanding of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Please forward your nomination package to the HQ POC, Matthew H. Palmer at matthew.h.palmer@usace.army.mil .

    2020 Chief of Engineers Natural Resources Management (NRM) Employee of the Year. This award acknowledges an individual who has done exceptional work within the USACE Natural Resources Management Program (NRM). Eligibility includes permanent and seasonal employees who work under the natural resource program and contribute to the Environmental Compliance, Environmental Stewardship and/or Recreation management programs. Please forward your nomination package to the HQ POC, Matthew H. Palmer at matthew.h.palmer@usace.army.mil .

    Please submit nominations by COB 04 May 2020.

    Please take this opportunity to acknowledge our top performers.

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    March 17, 2020
    Standard Identification Signs with the Army Star Logo

    March 10, 2020
    Volunteer Background Investigation Procedures Policy
    Please see policy memo from Matthew Lease, Chief Security Branch which provides clarifying guidance and procedures to the "Implementation Guidance for Section 1047(d) Services of Volunteers, of the Water Resources and Development Act of 2013, Public Law 113-121" for volunteer background investigations. The guidance is provided to meet the most current security standards for processing background investigations and to provide consistency in procedures across all MSCs. These procedural updates are effective immediately and will be incorporated in the appropriate ER/EP when they are revised.

    Heather Burke, National Partnership and Volunteer Program Manager, will be facilitating a teleconference/web meeting on Thursday, March 19 from 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern to walk through the guidance and answer any questions.

    or those unable to attend, this presentation will be recorded and posted on the NRM Gateway Partnership Training page and the guidance will be posted on < href="https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/employees/policy.cfm? Id=volunteer&Code=All">Volnteer Policy page.

    If you have any questions on this policy please contact Heather Burke at (503) 808-4313 or Heather.D.Burke@usace.army.mil

    Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    March 3, 2020
    Closing of Harry S. Truman Sign Shop
    The Harry S. Truman Lake Sign Shop, aka Truman Sign Shop has closed as of 3/1/2020. The Truman Sign Shop will not be accepting sign orders. The closure is permanent. Please utilize UNICOR or other approved sign manufacturers for your sign needs.

    For more information please contact Kyle Ruona at 816-389-2183 or kyle.r.ruona@usace.army.mil.

    February 26, 2020
    Upcoming ENS 101 Courses
    Attention NRM Specialists/Rangers/Foresters/Biologists/Supervisors of NRM employees:

    Are you new to the Corps or new to the role of Environmental Stewardship? Do you a have a need or desire to develop a better understanding of your role in the responsible management and conservation of Corps land and water resources? If so, I encourage you to learn more about "ENS-101" and consider registering for the course. Important to Note: Students should be prepared to offer constructive criticism of the course agenda and educational material presented in an effort to make this class as efficient and effective as possible.

    Course Dates:

  • August 24, 2020 (Monday starting time 0800) - August 27, 2020 (Thursday concluding time 12:00pm). Course Location: Lower Granite NRM Office, 100 Fair St, Clarkston, WA, 99403
  • February 8, 2021 (Monday starting time TBD) - February 11, 2021 (Thursday concluding time TBD). Course Location: Waco Lake, Regional Training Building, 2330 West Highway 6, Waco Texas 76712
  • August 23, 2021 (Monday starting time TBD) - August 26, 2021 (Thursday concluding time TBD). Course Location: Raystown Lake Visitor Center, 6145 Seven Points Road, Hesston, PA 16647

    Tuition: There is no tuition cost for this training. However, labor and travel are the responsibility of each student's organization.

    This course will cover all aspects of the environmental stewardship program.

  • Students will gain an understanding of the guiding principles of the USACE environmental stewardship program and will build an awareness of the resources available to support management of an ENS program at the project level.
  • Project, District, and MSC level managers will also explore skills needed to plan and execute local, regional, and national agency initiatives. Greater awareness of tools, resources, and knowledge sources available to the manager will also be shared.
  • Students will be introduced to topics such as master plans and operations management plan development, commodities management, and habitat management for fish and wildlife. Aquatic and land management strategies for various habitats such as forest, grassland, and wetlands will be discussed through lectures, case histories, field visits, and structured student discussion.

    Registration Suspense Date:

  • August 2020 Class: Registration is required by May 1, 2020.
  • February 2021 Class: Registration is required by November 1, 2020.
  • August 2021 Class: Registration is required by May 1, 2021.

    Instructions to complete registration are included in the attachment.

    Thank you,
    Jeremy Crossland
    Program Manager for Land Use and Natural Resources

    February 25, 2020
    Legends and Beacon Awards call for nominations, S: 30 March
    Please use this excellent opportunity to recognize our top USACE leaders and partner organizations leading the way on innovative partnerships and recreation management.

    1. The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) wishes to honor an outstanding U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee with the ORR Legends Award. This award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual for his/her significant contributions to the enhancement of outdoor recreation resources, facilities and experiences on the nation's public lands.

    2. The ORR also wishes to recognize an individual from the public or private sector with the ORR Beacon Award. This award is presented annually to individuals leading the way on innovative partnerships, technologies or projects that improve recreation access, infrastructure, or funding solutions to recreation program needs. The nominees for this award may be USACE employees and/or partners of USACE.

    3. A panel from the ORR will make the final selection of the Legends and Beacon Awards. Award winners will be recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. during the Partners Outdoors Conference on 10 June 2020. Salary, travel and per diem costs to attend the ceremony and conference are the responsibility of the home project or district. Conference approvals for attendees must be coordinated through the awardee's District and Division Commanders in accordance with USACE Conference Policy.

    4. Nominations will be evaluated based on the attached selection criteria. Please submit nominations through your Division office (one nomination per Major Subordinate Command may be forwarded to HQUSACE for each award) not later than 31 March 2020 to Heather Burke, National Senior Policy Advisor for Partnerships, at heather.d.burke@usace.army.mil.

    5. Nomination packages of past winners are posted on the Natural Resources Management Gateway https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/partners/award-arc.cfm and provide good examples of the quality of work and achievements recognized since the development of this award program.

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    February 7, 2020
    Register Your 2020 Kids to Parks Day Event
    The 10th Anniversary of Kids to Parks Day is Saturday, May 16, 2020. Kids to Parks Day is a national day of outdoor play, with the goal of connecting kids and families to parks and creating future stewards of our public lands and waters. Now is the time to start planning and promoting your 2020 event.

    Dont worry if May 16th doesnt work for your schedule as a way to ensure everyone can participate in this nationwide initiative, National Park Trust is happy to include any event in May that invites kids and families to get outdoors. If you're already planning an outdoor event for kids, just register your event to be included in a searchable Kids to Parks Day map. Events can be hikes, participation in a Jr. Ranger Program, nature / park scavenger hunts, clean-up events and anything in between. They can require as few or as many staff as you have available.

    You can now register your event and download promotional tools at the National Park Trust website: https://kidstoparks.parktrust.org/

    Registration link: https://kidstoparks.parktrust.org/register-an-event/

    When your event is done - let us know how it went. At the end of May, we'll send out a request for your Kids to Parks Details (# of partners, # attendees, summary of what happened).

    Remember - If any 4th graders attend, they have the added incentive of earning their Every Kid Outdoors Pass: https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index .htm

    Matthew Palmer, CAP detailee in HQUSACE will be the program lead for this year's Kids to Parks Day events. If you have any questions regarding this program or you need any assistance registering your activity or event, please contact him at 202- 761-4558 or email Matthew.H.Palmer@usace.army.mil

    Thanks,

    Heather Burke
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    National Partnership Program Manager

    February 5, 2020
    National Volunteer Award
    The attached memos, signed by Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations, announce the selection of the awardees for the 2019 Excellence in Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award, co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation. These awards will be presented to each of the recipients in late spring or early summer of 2020.

    National Volunteer Award: The Wall family (Eric, Cathy, Alec, and Harrison) has been selected for this award for their dedicated service to the natural resource program and efforts at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. Together they have donated over 3,100 hours of volunteer service in a three year period. The Wall family has demonstrated their dedication to USACE through their efforts in maintaining trail systems, facility maintenance, community outreach, a pollinator garden, water safety outreach, and educational interpretation.

    I want to extend my sincere appreciation for the incredible service our partners and volunteers continue to provide USACE and this Nation each and every day!

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    February 5, 2020
    Excellence in Partnerships Award
    The attached memos, signed by Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations, announce the selection of the awardees for the 2019 Excellence in Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award, co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation. These awards will be presented to each of the recipients in late spring or early summer of 2020.

    Excellence in Partnerships Award: The lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Alliance (LSFHA) is an outstanding example of a successful USACE partnership that is comprised of anglers, local businesses, volunteers, and local, state, and federal agencies with the common goal of improving the environmental stewardship and recreation at Lake Shelbyville. The LSFHA has made significant accomplishments since their formation in 2016, including placing more than 875 artificial structures and numerous aquatic plantings into the lake and LSFHA helped expand the number of partners in the Lake Shelbyville partnership program, secured two grants totaling $87,000, and held fundraisers netting more than $20,000 for the project.

    I want to extend my sincere appreciation for the incredible service our partners and volunteers continue to provide USACE and this Nation each and every day!

    Jeff

    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    February 5, 2020
    National Boating Federation's Water Safety Award Winners
    It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the 2020 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety Awards from the National Boating Federation:

  • National USACE Water Safety Employee of the Year - Ms. Juanita Souther, Park Ranger, John H. Kerr Lake, Wilmington District
  • National USACE Water Safety Team of the Year - Huntington District Water Safety Team

    These awards recognize a USACE employee and team that have contributed to boating and water safety in an effective manner that has made a difference in saving lives on our nation's waterways. Ms. Souther and the Huntington District Water Safety Team will be recognized at the National Water Safety Conference award ceremony on 6 April 2020 in Fort Worth, TX. We received exceptional nominations this year and all are worthy of recognition. I appreciate your staff taking the time to nominate and recognize all of those that effectively promote boating and water safety. The USACE Division Water Safety Award winners will also be recognized during the award ceremony and include the following:

    Division Water Safety Employee Award Winners:

  • LRD Water Safety Employee of the Year - Mr. Scott Hannah, Stonewall Jackson Lake, Pittsburgh District
  • NWD Water Safety Employee of the Year - Mr. Scott Frieden, Rathbun Lake, Kansas City District
  • SWD Water Safety Employee of the Year - Ms. Carly Lynch, Eufaula and Robert S. Kerr Lakes, Tulsa District

    Division Water Safety Team Award Winners:

  • MVD Water Safety Team of the Year - Carlyle Lake Water Safety Team, St. Louis District
  • POD Water Safety Team of the Year - Chena River Lakes Water Safety Team, Alaska District
  • SAD Water Safety Team of the Year - Carters Lake Water Safety Team, Mobile District
  • SWD Water Safety Team of the Year - Kansas Area Water Safety Team, Tulsa District

    Please join me in congratulating our awardees! My point of contact for these awards is Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager, at pamela.j.doty@usace.army.mil or 817-886-1727.

    Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

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