ANPR e-Newsletter

September 6, 2021

A periodic e-newsletter from the Association of National Park Rangers
Compiled by Elsa Hansen, Board Member for Internal Communications, and others.

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Time is Running Out for

Several Things

ANPR Photo Contest 2021

We’re keeping the spirit of Ranger Rendezvous alive and need you to submit your best photos to the annual photo contest!

Since we’re going virtual again this year, we will be hosting this contest on Facebook, so ANPR members and the public alike can see the efforts of our talented entrants. The winner will be chosen by which photo has the most “likes!” Winners will be selected from each category and have their photos published in ANPR’s quarterly magazine, Ranger, and a “Best of Show” photo will take the top spot! In addition, the winners of each category will receive a $25 gift card from Amazon; and the "Best of Show" will receive a $100 gift card from Amazon.

  1. Landscapes
  2. Wildlife
  3. Historical & Cultural Resources
  4. People in the Parks (be sure to ask permission of subject before submitting)
  5. It’s in the Details (close-ups, abstract designs, micro-details)
  6. Our Changing World (Covid, increased visitation, wildland fires, etc.)
  • All photos must be taken within a national park unit or international protected area
  • Contestants may enter only one photo per category
  • Deadline for photo submissions is September 30, 2021. Voting on Facebook will be open October 3-13, with winners announced on October 16.
  • Entrants agree to unlimited use of images by ANPR
Send your photos to Elsa Hansen, Board member for Internal Communications at, with your name, the location of photo and category as the file name:
           Example: Elsa Hansen_Zion NP_Landscapes
Super Raffle 2021
Only 27 days until the drawing on October 16

If you've obtained some tickets, think about getting a few more - for your spouse, or your kids, or a birthday gift to a friend.

As an ANPR member, you can "donate" for "tickets" for yourself and/or you can solicit donations for tickets from family, friends, or whomever, by sharing the raffle URL and asking them to enter your name in the "Give credit for my tickets to:" field, so you can get credit for the ticket(s). Or, you can seek donations from others in person, and then manually enter their information and payment into the dashboard. 
The raffle URL is:

There will be a $500 gift card prize with Amazon for the most donations for tickets by an individual, and a $100 gift card prize with Amazon for the person who donates for the ticket drawn for the "Grand Prize."

The Prizes (see details by going to the URL)
  1. Grand Prize: “Roll Your Own” trip – you decide when, where, how long and who goes with you. ANPR will contribute up to $1800, or take $1400 cash in lieu of trip.
  2. One week stay at cabin outside Yellowstone National Park – value $1200.
  3. Original Nature Photograph by Connie Rudd – value $200
  4. Quilted wall hanging by famous Alaska quilt artist Ree Nancarrow – value $650
  5. Stained glass NPS arrowhead – value $525
  6. Lodging (four nights) at Ranger Rendezvous in Tucson, AZ – value $500 (or take $200 in lieu of)
  7. Hand carved caricature of a “ranger” by Rob Arnberger – value $450
  8. Two-night stay in an AirBnb “tiny house” plus a dinner for two at a supper club in New Orleans – value $300+
  9. Collection of “NPS books” autographed by the authors (see the list on the website) – value TBD – INCLUDING SIGNED BOOK BY BETTY REID SOSKIN (Oldest NPS Park Ranger who will turn 100 years old on September 22). New books added NOTE: there are now 22 books in this collection.
  10. Collection of seven books from Mountaineers Books – value $200 
  11. Handmade NPS Plaque by Rick Seward – value $175 
  12. Stained glass hanging of a bison – value $60
  13. Two bottles of homemade wine from boutique vineyard of Jim Milestone (retired NPS superintendent) – value $85 
We expect that additional prizes will be added and we will send out updates periodically announcing new prizes and other information, or check the URL for updated list of prizes.

If you have a notable item or service you would like to donate to this activity as a prize, please contact Bill Wade ( with information. If you have contact with an author of book(s) about NPS or set in an NPS area, please forward information to Bill so we can try to add to the collection of signed books.

Donations for tickets:
  • 1 ticket - $5.00
  • 10 tickets - $40.00
  • 50 tickets - $150.00
  • 100 tickets - $200.00
Ranger Rendezvous Update
With the cancellation of RR44 in Jacksonville, we are planning several mini-RR “meet and greet” meetings on October 16 in the following locations (all starting at 7:00pm local time, unless otherwise notified and except for Tucson which will start at 4:00pm MST):
  • Washington DC: No information available. Contact
  • Minneapolis, MN at Lake Monster Brewing in Saint Paul: 550 Vandaia St., #160 (on the border with Minneapolis). Contact for additional details.
  • Moab, UT at Spitfire Smokehouse Bar and Taps at 2 South 100 W. Contact for additional details.
  • Asheville, NC at Forestry Camp (Burial Beer Co.), 10 Shady Oak Dr., Asheville, NC. Contact or
  • Tucson, AZ at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa at 245 East Ina Road. This will be the location for RR45 in October 2022. Contact for additional information. Note: Starts at 4PM.
Those of you in/near those locations will hear more details from the event coordinators.
Mark Your Calendars for October 16
With the demise of Ranger Rendezvous 44 in Jacksonville FL, ANPR will conduct its annual membership meeting (via Zoom) as required by our by-laws. The meeting will begin at 1:00PM EDT (10:00AM PDT). A Zoom invite will be provided in another ANPR member newsletter about a week before the meeting.
  • Welcome and Introduction – President Paul Anderson
    • Treasurer - Bill Wade
    • Secretary - Lauren Kopplin
    • Board Member for Membership Services - Reghan Tank
    • Board Member for Fundraising - Jeanette Meleen
    • Board Member for Professional Issues – Tim Moore
    • Board Member for Seasonal Perspectives – Lauren DeGennaro
    • Board Member for Training and Development – Tom Banks
    • Board Member for Government Affairs – Rebecca Harriett
    • Board Member for Internal Communications – Elsa Hansen
    • Board Member for Strategic Planning – Jonathan Shafer
  • State of the Association – President Paul Anderson
  • Nomination of candidates for vacant Board positions:
    • Board Member for Membership Services (three-year term)
    • Board Member for Fundraising (three-year term)
    • President Elect (one year as President Elect; then automatically assumes position of ANPR President for a three-year term)
  • Open discussion from the floor
  • Announcement of Super Raffle winners (pending completion of the drawing)
Help Carry on the ANPR Mission by Joining our Board of Directors
Has ANPR made a difference in your personal and professional life? Would you like to help contribute to the continued success and growth of ANPR as the professional organization for employees of the National Park Service?
If so, consider running for the ANPR Board of Directors!
This year, three key positions are open: President-Elect, Board Member for Fundraising and Board Member for Membership Services. Visit our website to see who’s currently on the board, and to review the “officer position descriptions.” Board of Directors | ANPR
If you have an interest in running for any of these positions or if you would like to nominate someone to run, please email Jamie Richards, Chair, ANPR Election Committee at, or be prepared to self-nominate or nominate someone during the annual membership meeting. 
Harry Yount Lifetime Achievement Award
As previously reported, ANPR has assumed the management of this award from the NPS. This year, the award will be presented on October 14 in Yellowstone NP to:
  • Bill Halainen
  • Jack Morehead
There is a cost of travel for the recipients and for the traditional “Bust of Harry Yount” sculptures currently being cast by a foundry in Loveland, CO. If you are interested in donating to this effort, go to the ANPR website, click on the “Donate” button or scroll to “Support ANPR Today”, and choose “Harry Yount Award Fund” …then follow the prompts.
Ranger Rendezvous Management Team
We are still looking for volunteers to help with various functions at next year's Ranger Rendezvous in Tucson. If you are interested in helping with any of the following (either as lead or support), contact 
Information Section Chief – responsible for development and distribution of all information about the RR:
  • Marketing/Advertising Leader – responsible for developing and distributing all media-related information about the RR
  • Local External Leader – responsible for coordinating with local agencies and organizations to support or attend the RR
  • Ranger Magazine Leader – responsible for including appropriate information about RR in Ranger Magazine [generally a function of the Editor/Publisher of Ranger Magazine]
  • Website Leader – responsible for managing all RR-related activities on the ANPR website [generally a function of the ANPR Business Manager]
Operations Section Chief – responsible for specified functions related to the RR
  • Program Leader – responsible for developing the RR agenda/program and managing related presenters
  • Exhibits Leader – responsible for recruiting and supporting exhibitors/vendors/sponsors for the RR
  • Training Leader – responsible for recruiting and managing training presentations scheduled for the RR
  • Raffles Leader – responsible for procuring raffle/auction items and managing the raffle/auction function during the RR
  • Sales Leader – responsible for procuring appropriate sales items and managing the sales function during the RR
  • Photo Contest Leader – responsible for soliciting photos for the contest and managing the function before, during and after the RR
  • Awards Leader – responsible for managing the presentation of awards during the RR [generally a function of the ANPR President]
Logistics Section Chief – responsible for specified logistical functions related to the RR
  • Registration Leader – responsible for managing the attendee registration function during the RR
  • Transportation Leader – responsible for arranging transportation related to field trips during the RR
  • Hospitality Leader – responsible for managing all aspects of the hospitality function during the RR
  • Field Trips Leader – responsible for arranging for, and coordinating field trips during the RR
  • Audiovisual Support Leader – responsible for managing the audiovisual support to presenters during the RR
  • Oral History Leader – responsible for coordinating oral history interviews during the RR and coordinating with the interviewers
  • Supernaugh Scholar Leader – responsible for coordinating selection of Supernaugh Scholars and managing their work assignments during the RR [generally a function of the BOD member responsible for seasonal issues]
  • Rideshares/Roomshares Leader – responsible for coordinating any requested sharing of rides and sharing of rooms during the RR


Free/Contribution Optional
September 2021 World Heritage Webinar

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is unique in having 15 million acres of federal lands that are geographically contiguous, ecologically interdependent and unalterably linked. This acreage is managed by four federal agencies the National Park Service, US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management. This webinar showcases the challenges the National Park Service encounters in land management and its strategy to integrate key resource issues across boundaries and through partnerships.
Superintendent Cam Sholly will moderate the webinar and provide an overview of challenges facing the park. Senior Wildlife Biologist Doug Smith will share conservation success stories including the wolf reintroduction and protecting grizzly bears and cougars in Yellowstone. Superintendent Sholly will also discuss impacts of climate change and increased visitation and how the park is preparing to mark its 150th anniversary in 2022.

Our Speakers
Cameron (Cam) Sholly, Superintendant, Yellowstone National Park

Cam Sholly assumed duties as the superintendent of Yellowstone National Park in October of 2018. Yellowstone is one of the largest national park operations in the world spanning 2.2 million acres and receiving over 4 million visitors each year. The park has a team of over 1,000 employees and volunteers and an annual budget exceeding $60 million. Cam is a third-generation park service manager and began his National Park Service (NPS) career in 1990.
Upon arriving at Yellowstone, Cam worked with Yellowstone’s team to set new strategic priorities for the park focused on the Yellowstone workforce, strengthening the Yellowstone ecosystem, delivering a world-class experience, investing in infrastructure, and building coalitions and partnerships. The park is currently in the process of completing a $40 million employee housing improvement project, expanding the bison conservation transfer program, combatting non-native species, developing a more focused approach to ecosystem management and climate change challenges, implementing a new strategy for managing increased visitation, and preparing to execute over $120 million in historic preservation and transportation projects as part of the Great American Outdoors Act. Cam is currently the chair of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, an executive group of federal and state managers spanning three states within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Douglas W. Smith, PhD, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Yellowstone National Park

Douglas Smith supervises the wolf, bird and elk programs at Yellowstone – formerly three jobs now combined into one under Doug’s supervision. His original job was the Project Leader for the Yellowstone Wolf Project which involved the reintroduction and restoration of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. He helped establish this project and position. Doug received a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Idaho in 1985. While working toward this degree he became involved with studies of wolves and moose on Isle Royale, which led to long-term involvement (1979-1994) with this study as well as a M.S. degree in Biology at Michigan Technological University in 1988. He then moved to the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received his PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology in 1997. He has published a wide variety of journal articles and book chapters on beavers, wolves, and birds and co-authored four popular books on wolves as well as publishing numerous popular articles.  
Register Now
Our webinars are free but we would appreciate your support!
Please register, donate and join US/ICOMOS as a member now.

Image: NPS / Jacob W. Frank
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