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Posted 12/3/2018

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By Mike McCoy
Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Park Ranger Advisory Board


WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (Dec. 3, 2018) – The Great Lakes and Ohio Rivers Park Ranger Community of Practice Advisory Board held its second biennial workshop here at Caesar Creek Lake Nov. 6-8, 2018, building on overwhelmingly positive feedback received from a similar meeting held in 2016.

The meeting served to develop and administer the division’s Park Ranger COP; to function as a direct link between the regional Park Rangers with its constituent district communities and the larger national Park Ranger COP; and to provide a unified and ongoing support platform for park rangers.

Park Rangers from the six districts within the Great Lakes and Ohio Rivers Division attended the workshop geared specifically towards entry journeymen-level positions. Sessions covered career development, interpretation, boundary line inspection and encroachment, leave and retirement, Natural Resources Management Gateway introduction, critical incident stress management, as well as media relations and visitor assistance.

The workshop included “panel style” group discussions to enhance career development.  Park rangers networked and shared success stories with each other and the advisory board.  A less-formal career development panel made it easier for participants to feel comfortable asking questions.

“The biggest takeaway for me was the ability to see what others are doing out in the field and put it to good use at the home project,” said Park Ranger Dylan Johnson from the Huntington District.

The goal moving forward is to have different rangers attend each workshop.  The next one is tentatively planned for November 2020. 

“The COP’s goal for attendance at the event was at least one journeyman-level park ranger from each OPM (Operational Project Manager) area within LRD (Great Lakes and Ohio River Division).  With this goal in mind, the COP was able to limit the topics to be covered to those who directly serve to benefit the journeyman-level park ranger in their career,” said Trey Church, chair of the LRD Park Ranger COP Advisory Board from Cheatham Lake in the Nashville District.

The park ranger COP team would like to say a special thanks to the staff at Caesar Creek Lake, a Louisville District project, for all their hard work and hospitality. Following the workshop, the attendees received a tour of the project, which is surrounded by breathing scenery and stunning facilities.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.)

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