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E-mails and Memos

TENURE STATUSFREQUENCY OF WEARALLOWANCE (Initial/Replacement)
PermanentDaily$700.00/$450.00
PermanentIntermittent$700.00/$275.00
New Single-Season TemporaryDaily or Intermittent $400.00/NA
New Multi-Season TemporaryDaily or Intermittent $500.00/NA
Returning TemporaryDaily of Intermittent $300.00/NA
Maternity Permanent or TemporaryDaily or Intermittent $400.00/NA

NRM National Uniform Committee:

  • Chair - Sara G. Jernigan
  • LRD Rep - Holly L. Myers
  • MVD Rep – Dawn M. Kovarik
  • NAD Rep – Scott T. Graham
  • NWD/POD Rep – Michele L. Fromdahl
  • SAD Rep – Connie A. Gunter
  • SPD Rep – Carrie A. Richardson
  • SWD Rep – Amanda L. Palmer
  • Stephen Austin, Natural Resources Manager
    Senior Policy Advisor for Park Ranger Activities

    March 5, 2021
    ENS 101 Course Announcement
    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: Classes are being planned for in-person attendance. The instructor group will evaluate travel guidance approximately 2 months prior to the class offering to determine if virtual instruction is necessary.

    Course Dates:

  • August 23, 2021 – August 26, 2021. Course Location: Raystown Lake Visitor Center, 6145 Seven Points Road, Hesston, PA 16647
  • February 7, 2022 – February 11, 2022. Course Location: Waco Lake, Regional Training Building, 2330 West Highway 6, Waco Texas 76712
  • August 22, 2022 – August 26, 2022. Course Location: Lower Granite NRM Office, 100 Fair St, Clarkston, WA, 99403

    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.

    Instructions to complete registration are included in the attachment. Thank you,
    Jeremy Crossland
    Program Manager for Land Use and Natural Resources

    March 1, 2021
    SF 299 Adoption for USACE Outgrant Applications
    To support interagency cooperation and simplify requests from applicants to develop transportation, utility, and/or telecommunications facilities on federal lands and property, the USACE Civil Works and Real Estate communities are adopting the use of OMB Standard Form 299. SF 299 will be used for all proposed non-recreation outgrants including but not limited to cross-country utilities, pipelines, roadways that cross projects and public water intakes.

    Adoption of SF 299 was initiated in Aug 2020 with the White House Office of Science and Technology to enable consistent use of the OMB approved form across land management agencies. SF 299 is already utilized by Department of Interior land management agencies, and USDA Forest Service. The effort supports the American Broadband Initiative and will enable applicants to provide consistent, necessary information to review outgrants proposed under Chapter 17 of ER 1130-2-550, Non-Recreational Outgrant Policy. Coordination with NRM CoP (facilitated through MSC) took place in Sep 2020 with overall acceptance of utilizing SF 299. General Counsel, Operations, Real Estate, and Regulatory have reviewed and are supportive of adoption.

    My point of contact for this initiative is Mr. Jeremy Crossland, Program Manager for Land Use and Natural Resources who can be reached at jeremy.m.crossland@usace.army.mil or 202-761-4259.

    Tom
    Thomas P. Smith, P.E., SES
    US Army Corps of Engineers

    February 24, 2021
    NRM CAP Selection Announcement 2021
    I'm pleased announce that Ms. Amanda Kruse of the St. Louis District and Mr. Jordon Griffin of the Kansas City District, have been selected for the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Career Assignment Program (CAP) at HQ USACE. Attached is the official announcement signed by Mr. Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations and Regulatory Division. Ms. Kruse will serve the first term (February - July 2021) and Mr. Griffin will serve the second term (July - December 2021), both performing an important role to the NRM team. This program provides an excellent opportunity for our future leaders to gain valuable experiences and insights into the NRM program and Civil Works at the national level. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Kruse and Mr. Griffin on their selection for this opportunity. Information on the CAP program should be directed to Steve Austin at stephen.b.austin@usace.army.mil or 202-761-4489. Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    February 17, 2021
    2021 National Water Safety Award Winners
    It is my pleasure to announce the winners of the 2021 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety Awards from the National Boating Federation:

  • National USACE Water Safety Employee of the Year - Ms. Shawna Polen, Natural Resources Specialist, Coralville Lake, Rock Island District
  • National USACE Water Safety Team of the Year - J. Percy Priest Seasonal Park Ranger Team

    Division Water Safety Employee Award Winners:

  • SAD Water Safety Employee of the Year - Mr. Travis England, Allatoona Lake, Mobile District.
  • SWD Water Safety Employee of the Year - Ms. Stephanie Jones, Proctor Lake, Fort Worth District

    Division Water Safety Team Award Winners:

  • NWD Water Safety Team of the Year - Wilson Lake Natural Resources Management Staff, Kansas City District
  • SAD Water Safety Team of the Year - J. Strom Thurmond Lake Staff, Savannah District
  • SPD Water Safety Team of the Year - Abiquiu Lake Staff, Albuquerque District
  • SWD Water Safety Team of the Year - Hugo Area Natural Resources Management Staff, Tulsa District

    These awards recognize a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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. 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.

    Please join me in congratulating our awardees. My point of contact for these awards is Ms. Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager who can be reached at pamela.j.doty@usace.army.mil

    Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    February 17, 2021
    News Release - Army Corps of Engineers requires face masks at all recreation projects

    February 4, 2021
    Multi-District Innovations Newsletter (January - February)  Corps Castle

    February 2, 2021
    Excellence in Partnerships Award Recipient
    I am happy to share the attached memos, signed by Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations, announcing the selection of the awardees for the 2020 Excellence in Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award, co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation. The recipients are recognized for their outstanding dedication and enthusiasm for service at our projects. These efforts are even more impressive under the COVID-19 and other challenges we experienced throughout the year. These awards will be presented to each of the recipients later this year when conditions warrant. Excellence in Partnerships Award: The Sesser-Valier Outdoorsmen Club (SVOC), partners at Rend Lake in the St. Louis District have been selected as award recipients for their commitment to protecting natural resources and their dedication to ensuring recreational experiences for all individuals. The SVOC has made the Rend Lake Deer Hunt for Individuals with Disabilities a success for over 40 years, serving more than 1,100 disabled hunters. The SVOC’s love for the outdoors and commitment to service and helping others also includes organizing paralyzed veterans and youth fishing/shooting events, leading the annual Christmas tree drop, and hosting an annual banquet where they have engaged numerous committee partners to donate money, materials and supplies for their events.

    I want to extend my sincere appreciation for the incredible service that all of our partners and volunteers continue to provide USACE and this Nation each and every day! Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    February 2, 2021
    Volunteer Award Recipient
    I am happy to share the attached memos, signed by Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations, announcing the selection of the awardees for the 2020 Excellence in Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award, co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation. The recipients are recognized for their outstanding dedication and enthusiasm for service at our projects. These efforts are even more impressive under the COVID-19 and other challenges we experienced throughout the year. These awards will be presented to each of the recipients later this year when conditions warrant.

    National Volunteer Award: This year’s USACE national volunteer of the year award recipient is Mr. James Zueger from the Youghiogheny River Lake in the Pittsburgh District. James has spent the past two years removing more than 20,000 gallons of trash, 12,000 cubic feet of Styrofoam, and 7,000 cubic feet of woody debris from the lake using an innovative self-designed trash removal system on his personal kayak. His efforts have inspired other lake users to do their part to clean the lake. I want to extend my sincere appreciation for the incredible service that all of our partners and volunteers continue to provide USACE and this Nation each and every day! Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    January 29, 2021
    New Master National Cooperative Agreement with Student Conservation Association
    I'm pleased to announce a new master national cooperative agreement that USACE has entered into with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), under the authority of Sec 213(a) of WRDA 2000. This authority allows USACE to enter into cooperative agreements with non-Federal public or nonprofit entities for services related to natural resource conservation or recreation management of Civil Works projects to further training and educational opportunities. The new agreement with SCA is set up for one year plus three option years and is effective 1 February 2021. The Fort Worth District will continue to administer the new agreement and process all work orders. Procedures to request SCA interns and crews will be available on the NRM Gateway: https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/partners/national.cfm? Partner=sca. There are also sample work order documents, success stories, and the new agreement posted on this page. Now is a great time to recruit interns or work crews for the summer or fall seasons. A webinar will be provided on Wednesday, February 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern to explain the types of work that SCA interns and crews can do for USACE and the process to obtain interns/crews. I'd like to add my thanks to the team of people in Fort Worth District and the selection committee who worked diligently over the past year and a half to make this a reality and set up the new agreement with no break in service from the expiration of the prior master agreement. Your knowledge, expertise, and hard work are much appreciated! Our POCs in Fort Worth are Ms. Jennifer Linde at (817) 886-1578, Ms. Alice Austin at (817) 886-1267, and Ms. Sandy Justman at (817) 886-1073. Our HQUSACE point of contact for this initiative is Heather Burke, National Partnerships Program Manager at 503-808-4313. Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    January 13, 2021
    Draft NRM Strategic Plan comments due Jan 15
    Friendly reminder that final input on the draft 2021 -2031 NRM Strategic Plan is due January 15. With only a few days left, I am asking that you reach down to your folks and encourage them to provide input to this very important initiative. The strategic plan will encompass all NRM programs and activities and will emphasize the role of land and water use management and public access controls in delivering the mission and reducing negative impacts on other project purposes (missions) at operating projects. The draft plan incorporates external stakeholder and internal NRM Community of Practice input from previous surveys. This plan will focus on direction for national efforts and activities that are aimed to support the field in the NRM mission. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share any thoughts you have regarding the plan and share widely. The online NRM Strategy questionnaire is available on the NRM Gateway at htt ps://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/employees/nrmstrategicplan/index.cfm. Your responses will remain confidential. As a alternate option, you may fill out the attached input form and return to Meredith Bridgers by the January 15 deadline. For more information about the plan, visit htt ps://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/employees/nrmstrategicplan/index.cfm Thank you. Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    January 12, 2021
    2021 Handshake funding recipient announcement
    I am happy to announce the recipients of the Handshake Partnership Program funding for FY 2021. See the attached announcement signed by Thomas P. Smith, Chief of Operations and Regulatory Division. These are outstanding partnerships and demonstrate the efforts and successes of our field projects in working with stakeholders to foster their involvement in improving and protecting our parks and natural resources. This initiative supports the Corps efforts in being a community partner and working on grassroots partnering projects. Thank you for your many worthy nominations from across USACE. The final selectees came from a good cross-section of our national program: thirteen projects are funded in eleven Corps districts and six divisions, involving 55 partners. Please join me in congratulating the selected recipients, which include:

    • Allatoona Lake- Pollinator and Native Habitat Restoration Project
    • Barren River Lake- Mountain Bike/Hiking Trail System
    • Berlin Lake- Multipurpose Tailwater Access
    • Carters Lake- Modernizing interpretation
    • Cordell Hull Lake- Hiking Trail Emergency Stations
    • Fort Randall Lake- Targeted Goat Grazing of Eastern Red Cedar
    • J. Strom Thurmond Lake- ADA Fishing Pier Relocation
    • Mark Twain Lake- Environmental Adventure Trail (bike/hike)
    • Nolin River Lake- Reef ball shoreline erosion control
    • Philpott Lake- River Access Improvements
    • Pine Flat Lake- Kings River Wildlife Area Redevelopment
    • Raystown Lake- Disc Golf Course
    • St. Mary’s (Soo Locks)- Lock Model upgrades

    Congratulations to the selected projects who have worked hard to foster and support these efforts. Thanks to the Partnership Advisory Committee for their hard work in promoting and evaluating the Handshake proposals. I encourage all Districts to consider applying for future consideration of the Handshake Program as these seeds of partnerships will grow to provide long term benefits to the Corps and the public. My point of contact for the Handshake Program is Heath Kruger who can be reached at (402) 995-2716. Heather Burke, National Partnership Program Manager, who can assist with all partnership and volunteer needs can be reached at (503) 808-4313. Jeff
    Jeffrey F. Krause
    Chief, Natural Resources Management

    January 4, 2021
    Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
    CEQ has issued updated Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings and Associated Instructions (Guidance). The Guidance, which is attached here, is also available on sustainability.gov under “Resources and Guidance for Federal Agencies” and on our team collaboration site under “SFB aka HPSB.” Note that the updated Guidance also replaces and supersedes the Guidance for Federal Agencies on Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes (October 2011) and the Implementing Instructions-Sustainable Locations for Federal Facilities (September 2011), consolidating technical information and pointing agencies to up to date Federal resources and best practices for siting and landscaping.

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