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The Signpost Newsletter
Second Quarter 2018
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This was particularly interesting to me since my facility has a new library in our park. The last session for the day focused on Evacuation during a Wild land Fire, which is very relevant for my facility that is a wilderness park and had burned 90% ten years ago during the Santiago Fires. And more recently, we had Canyon l and ll Fires that burned three of our parks in Orange County.
After a busy day attending sessions, my Orange County colleagues and I went down to Oakhurst for dinner. It's always interesting driving down the windy road at night with snow on both sides of the road. Our meals were good and lucky us, the waitress did not mind separating checks for the seven of us.
The second day opened with presenter George Durkee who was a backcountry ranger for 47 years in several parks including Yosemite. He had colorful stories to tell us about his backcountry days. My second day sessions included CDFW Inspection/Enforcement/Statues, October 17 Fires-Lessons Learned at Sonoma County Parks and CDFW Marijuana Trespass Grows, Officer & Environmental Safety. Both fires and marijuana grows are both issues at Orange County Parks and there is always things to be learned from other agencies. I was very impressed with Lt. John Nores from Fish & Wildlife. He and many other speakers were so passionate about their role and profession. It was inspirational learning from them.
Our awards banquet this year honored George Durkee for all his many years in the backcountry and contributions to the park ranger profession. We also had a lively raffle and silent auction to top off the night.
We were lucky enough the following day to be able to explore the valley and take a couple hikes to Happy Isle and Mirror Lake. And the day is not complete without a lunch visit to the Awhanee Hotel (now Majestic Hotel). The day was spectacular beyond words and I will always remember this trip and thankful to have spent time with Mason, Jenn, Sean, Travis, Diane and Maura from OC Parks.
I hope all my friends, both new and returning, will join us next year for the 2019 Conference in Ventura.
Orange County Ranger contingent on Banquet night. From right to left, Travis, Jenn, Sean, Candi, Diane, Maura and Mason.