Compendium Changes, Fire Management, and Rocky Mountain Research Projects

Just because it’s winter and many trails, areas, and facilities in national parks are closed for the season doesn’t mean park news has stopped. Below are a few items that were brought to Traveler’s attention and are now being brought to your attention.

Compendium Changes

Alaska National Parks invites comments on proposed changes to park compendiums. The Compendium is a compilation of all designations, closures and restrictions adopted under discretionary authority within the regulations governing national parks. The Compendium, as part of park regulations, helps ensure the use, enjoyment, and protection of Alaska’s national parks. Information about the proposed changes, including how to submit a comment, is available at https://www.nps.gov/locations/alaska/proposed-compendiums.htm

Yosemite Fire Management

From January 25 through the end of the week, fire crews plan to continue work in the Mariposa Grove and Wawona area, as well as around Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. Smoke may be present throughout burning operations and persist over subsequent weeks as larger logs are consumed.

Mechanical thinning (the removal of certain trees to reduce risk and/or density in a forest) and pile burning are one of our fire management tools that help prevent larger fires. It also provides “defensible space” around structures in the event of an unwanted fire, which can help firefighters better defend buildings and communities. Burning some of the debris in place allows us to reintroduce limited healthy fire to these areas and continue to recycle nutrients back into the soil. Learn more about fire management in Yosemite: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/wildlandfire.htm.

Research in Rocky Mountain National Park

Are you a graduate student interested in doing a research project in Rocky Mountain National Park? If so, there is still time to submit an application for the Bailey Fellowship Program 2022. Each year, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park co-sponsor a research scholarship opportunity for a graduate student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park. Research areas may include wildlife management, vegetation and riparian studies, fire ecology, cultural sciences, archeology and preservation of historic structures, as well as topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology. Proposed research projects should aim to promote informed decision-making and adaptive management of Rocky Mountain National Park or staff training to promote professional development and growth.

The Bailey Scholarship Program is generously supported by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. For more information on the Bailey Fellowship 2022 application, visit https://rmconservancy.org/work…/rmnp-research-fellowship/. The deadline for accepting applications is February 1, 2022.

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