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Letter from Greg: Announcing the New Training Portal

 

Dear Conservancy Colleagues,

I am proud to announce the launch of a new system for staff training and professional development here at the Parks Conservancy – our brand new Training Portal. The Training Portal will not only allow staff and mangers to sign up for and track trainings, but also allow participants to give feedback to further improve future offerings. How terrific is that? 

Recently, I was briefed on the Portal and was truly impressed by its potential for the Conservancy. I also encourage you to explore the Portal  at:

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Letter from Nicolas T. Elsishans

 

August 28, 2017

Dear Conservancy Staff,

The events of this past week were unlike any the Conservancy and its partners have faced. For some staff, the day to day experience continued much as it always had. But for many this was a time of great anxiety or even fear for personal safety.

As we continue or, for some, return to our work of “Parks For All Forever,” let’s make an effort to be aware of our coworkers and exercise an extra level of understanding and compassion. Please do the same for our colleagues at the NPS and Presidio Trust. Kindness is a powerful…

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Goldman Prize Winner Visits with NPS and Conservancy Staff

 

On May 2, Rodrigue Katembo, one of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize winners, visited with National Park Service and Parks Conservancy Staff. Rodrigue, who is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was awarded the prize for his work to protect Virunga National Park from exploitation by a multinational oil company.

Virunga, a World Heritage Site, is home to one quarter of the world’s remaining gorilla population. Rodrigue was also featured in the Netflix documentary

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Bike to Work Month Update!

 

The Team Bike Challenge is officially underway. So the far the biggest challenge seems to be using the new app because the Golden Gate National Parks team is at the top of the leaderboard in San Francisco!

A week into the challenge, the Golden Gate Parks team has biked 1483.8 miles, saved 2602.3 pounds of Carbon, and burned 64,666 calories!

Thank you to Naomi LeBeau and William Hough who organized a bike clinic to get our machines tuned up. We still need more members to join our team. Help spread the word and encourage our colleagues and NPS partners to dust off their…

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May is Bike to Work Month!

 

Every year in May, the Conservancy and NPS form a bike team to compete against Bay Area companies. For the past five years, we’ve finished within the top 10 Bay Area company teams and placed FIRST among San Francisco companies. Please consider joining this team of AWESOME COMMUTERS, whether you’re a seasoned cyclist, or plan to try it out for the first time. Everyone is welcome. Every mile counts.

 

Bike Team Challenge

During the month of May, our Parks Team gets points every time YOU bike commute to work and log your miles. The more riders that sign up and bike…

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Written by Esther Gonzalez from accounts by John Moran, Jody Hauser, Colin Fairbairn, and Paul Bachschneider

Photo by Richard Mayer

 

On Thursday, April 6, 530 people—500 guests and 30 inter-agency staff—found themselves stranded on Alcatraz Island.

Rain and wind were present at the beginning of the Night Tour that Thursday night, but continued to build as the night wore on. Shortly before 8 pm, the strong wind bursts made it difficult to even stand on Eagle Plaza, leading Night Tour staff to re-route the audio tour path to prevent…

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Dear Conservancy Colleagues,

April has become a month when we celebrate so many of our values here in the parks. National Park Week, Earth Day, and now Park Prescription Day, encourage us to care for the well-being of our parks, our planet, and our health.

This week is National Park Week, when we celebrate “America’s best idea.” The United States was the first country to put its most treasured places in the common ownership of its people–preserving nature, honoring our rich history, and paying tribute to our diverse cultural heritage. Today, national parks have become the means…

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Dear Conservancy Staff,

Some of you may have heard the news that we will soon have a new Acting Superintendent for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Cicely Muldoon, who currently serves as the Superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore, will begin her 120-day detail here on April 17.

Cicely has a wonderful professional history at Golden Gate, having worked here during the early years of the Presidio when it was transitioning from military post to national park.  She was also a key NPS partner with the Conservancy in the transformation of Crissy Field in 1999–and we…

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Letter from Greg Moore: Black History Month and Our National Parks

 

Dear Conservancy Colleagues,

Last week in Washington, D.C., I was honored to meet the Rev. Dr. Abraham Murray, pastor of Brick Baptist Church in South Carolina and one of the leaders of the newly created Reconstruction Era National Monument. This historic site–along with the Birmingham Civil Rights and Freedom Riders national monuments in Alabama–were all designated as national monuments by former President Obama this January, on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Reverend Murray acknowledged that the Reconstruction Era…

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Dear Conservancy Colleagues,

What makes a great system of national parks and public lands?  Here at Golden Gate we know the answer: a system that reflects the diversity of our American heritage and aspirations.

On December 28, then President Barack Obama helped fulfill that vision.  By Presidential order using the Antiquities Act, he authorized the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, protecting 1.3 million acres of canyon lands and archaeological treasures in the ancestral lands of Navajo, Hopi, Ute Mountain, Ute Indian, and Pueblo tribes.  

Bears…

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