If you have a Good Enough to Share submission, please email it to CorpsLakes@usace.army.mil
As a result of the SWD Park Ranger Safety Study, the a list of recommended equipment for Visitor Assistance vehicles and vessels was created. It could be helpful in developing a checklist for local use.
After review by some of our Offices of Counsel, it is not advised that we produce a Spanish-language version of our Title 36 Rules and Regulations. The need for clarity of language and interpretational consistency does not lend itself to direct translation. The Nashville District, however, has developed a pamphlet that translates many of our most important rules into an understandable Spanish-language version.
Seattle District - Rules and Tips for Pet Owners Brochure
10 Warning Signs a Driver may have Alzheimers Disease
Anheuser Busch's New Product
The Fort Worth District has addressed the issue of approaching possible ARPA violators and proper handling of potentially stolen artifacts and properties with this policy.
Central Violations Bureau Training
Tutorial training offered through the website on issuing tickets/completion of citation forms.
User Name, type the word: agency
Password, type the word: tickets
From the CVB menu, choose "How to Issue Tickets Training Module"
Citation Authority Identification Card-Electronic Version
Communications System Upgrade
Lake Lanier Radio System
Concern for Ranger Safety Spurs Development of New Tool - Wilderness Area Book
USACE Wilderness Area Information - Lake Ouachita
The new Wilderness Book, as it became known, would accomplish several objectives:
- Formally catalogue and document every remote campsite and island to which a Ranger or partner agency might respond.
- Give partner agencies a tool which Dispatchers could use to accurately direct resources into remote locations and islands.
- Adopt standard geographic names where multiple names were in use by Rangers, partner agencies, visitors and even local residents.
- Give Rangers who were new to the lake or unfamiliar with remote areas a tool to help them learn the geography of the lake.
District Training Guidelines
- Nashville District - 2001 Natural Resources Management Ranger Training Program Manual. (PDF format)
- Nashville District (PDF format) - 2013 version of Nashville District's Natural Resources Management Ranger Training Program Manual. The Nashville District is a leader in the fields of land management, recreation, and natural resources management within the Corps of Engineers. The Nashville District's natural resources management program has for years been a model for other districts, divisions, and the Office of the Chief of Engineers.
- Fort Worth District - 2010 Natural Resources Management Ranger Training Program Manual. (PDF format)
- Kansas City District (PDF Format)
- Portland District
- Sacramento District - 1 May 2000 POLICY MEMORANDUM #18, SUBJECT: Park Ranger Training Program 18-1. Purpose, This Policy Memorandum presents Construction Operations Division policy and procedures implementing HQUSACE guidance concerning training for park rangers. The ranger training program is designed to:
- Develop the park ranger as a professional employee through formal courses and on-the-job training concurrent with duties at a Sacramento District Civil Works Project.
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of the public need for Civil Works projects and the recreational opportunities and natural resources management required at these areas.
- Prepare the park ranger for advancement to a higher grade or to management positions within Sacramento District or with the Corps of Engineers nationwide. Career options to which park rangers may aspire in Sacramento District.
Meth and Artifact Diggers
There is an increasing awareness of the existence of "meth labs" across the country, and areas managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers are often conducive to the location of these illicit drug production sources. Our personnel and resources may be endangered by the criminals involved, by explosions or fires, or by harmful chemicals left behind. There also may be a very specific clean-up needed after-the-fact. Many districts are looking at ways to train and educate their staff, contractors , and volunteers to be more aware and equip them to safely deal with these labs. Nashville District has issued a policy which provides guidance and could be used as a template for a wider application.
For more information on meth labs, see the Safety and Risk Management page.
National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System
Park Ranger Mobile App
The Park Ranger Mobile App is a growing application based on Knowledge Management and Park Ranger Needs. The basic version of the app contains the ability to run citations from OMBIL, email out or transfer out park maps and trail maps live to the visitor from the field, contains segment maps and shoreline maps and applications for Shoreline Management, and a comprehensive and situational one touch phonebook for rangers to use. With over 1,000 different features, the Park Ranger Mobile App is quickly becoming the Park Rangers go-to reference for visitors assistance.
Cleanup Stations for Pepper Spray Training
As the Corps' Pepper Spray Program expanded nationwide, several districts and/or divisions have developed new and updated Position Hazard Analysis sheets. Here is one example created by Walla Walla District.
Portland District - Incident Reporting Jeopardy Game
Portland District's Alcohol Ban Process
Spanish equivalents by employees in the Northwestern Division
Successful Prosecution of ARPA case in Fort Worth District
The Dangers of Being a Ranger
NPR Story 18 June 2005
The Visitor Assistance Program requires that Natural Resource Management employees receive training in a structured modular approach. Within that guidance, there are references made to local/district/division VA Training as well as requirements for refresher training. The following are examples of approved curricula for district/division training as well as for a refresher training session.
Training & Tracking
District Visitor Assistance Training & Tracking Inventory & Tool
Tree Vandalism Policy
Nashville District Tree Vandalism SOP - LRN used the International Society of Arboriculture's (ISA) Guide for Plant Appraisal (9th Edition). The University of Tennessee Agricultural Center summarizes the methodolgy provided in the guide.
Listen to Spanish Phrases
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