Communities of Practice
5 November 2008
Articles for this issue
PARK RANGERS - Here is your chance! A new CoP was recently launched within the Natural Resources Management Gateway that is devoted to park rangers. The site contains beneficial information for every park ranger, from the new hire to the seasoned veteran. This CoP functions as a "one-stop-shop" for Park Ranger needs within the Gateway.
Right-now your help is needed. We are asking YOU what you think are the 3 most positive and negative aspects of the USACE Park Ranger Program as part of our "3-Up and 3-Down Survey". Once completed, this will help us identify the issues that matter and impact you.
Check out the Park Ranger Gateway - Specific features include:
Be sure to visit http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/rangers.cfm
Invasive species are a serious threat to USACE lands and waters. A species alert online reporting form has been added to the NRM Gateway to improve sharing of information about new invasive species on our projects. To report a new invasive species go to http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/employees/invasive/alerts/alerts.cfm?Option=Start and complete the online form. Once the alert is complete it will be posted on the Invasive Species pages. The alert provides an avenue to share information about new invasions, impacts and management.
The SmartBooks have recently been improved. They contain contact information and listings of individuals and teams responsible for various program areas. In order for the system to be useful, it is necessary for individuals to submit, review and correct their contact information and program responsibilities. The SmartBooks are only accessible from an official office (army.mil) computer and are not available to the general public, due to privacy considerations.
Users have been given the ability to edit their full entry: contact information and where applicable, their role as a Project, District, or Division program or national team representative. You can also "add" yourself to the SmartBooks if you are not currently listed.
There are 3 different SmartBooks:
Go to http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/employees/people.cfm to check your SmartBook entry. If your name is missing, please be sure to "add" your information to the appropriate SmartBook.
All the photos collected this year have been used to create a Corps Photo Album for the CorpsLakes.us website. These photos help market your lake's areas and activities, and are available to others for use in presentations, etc. Please continue to send photos of your lake, community events, outdoor education, visitors, and various activities including biking, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, and camping.
Photo Specifics - What to Send Us:
Types of photos required - DIGITAL ONLY!
You must follow your District policy involving PAO for approval of these photos before you provide them to CorpsLakes.
Please provide the photo (label it and relate it to the information listed)
Email to CorpsLakes@usace.army.mil - 10 MEG Limit per email, multiple emails permitted!
Don't forget to get photograph waivers from people http://ww w.dtic.mil/whs/directives/infomgt/forms/eforms/dd2830.pdf
Please visit http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/album.cfm? Option=Start&Id=0&Activity=None to view all the wonderful submissions!
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