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The Signpost Newsletter

First Quarter 2018

Conference Registration


by Matt Cerkel


PRAC’s 2018 California Parks Training and Conference will be returning to the Tenaya Lodge at the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, near Fish Camp.


The conference will be held March 4 through March 8. Check Detailed Conference Information to the right.


Make an Online Room Reservation.*


If you are interested in presenting at the conference in our Public Safety, Interpretation or Park Operations/Resource Management tracks, please e-mail me at matt@calranger.org and I will put you in touch with respective track chair.


Download and complete a Conference Registration Form, and pay online!



* Members and Guests unable to use the online reservation system may make reservations by calling (800) 635-5807, Select option #1 and identify the PRAC 2018 Conference, or use the group code 3199G4 to receive the group rate.

2018 Conference Details and Schedule

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Our public safety track sessions will include:

  • Documenting and Report Writing for Use of Force Incidents by POST Certified DT Instructor/MMWD Park Ranger Brett Pedisich
  • The Use of Game Cameras for Park Law Enforcement by MMWD Park Ranger Matt Cerkel
  • F&G inspection/enforcement/statutes by CDFW wardens
  • CDFW Marijuana Eradication Team/Trespass-DTO Grow Officer Safety by CDFW Lt. John Nores
  • Establishing a Peace Officer Park Ranger Program by Carol Belser, CMWD Park Services Manager
  • Wildland Fire Evacuations by Deputy Matt Larson, Marin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yosemite Search and Search by National Park Ranger John Dill


Our interpretation track sessions will include:

  • Story Telling Workshop by Ane Carla Rovetta
  • From Earth to Art:  Natural Pigments and Paints by Ane Carla Rovetta
  • How to Answer Questions When You Have No Time to Prepare by Ethan Rotman
  • Creating a Native Garden – On a budget and with NO budget! By LARPD Park Ranger Amy Wolitzer
  • A Visitor’s Perspective on Park Rangers- Matt and Karen Smith, authors of Dear Bob and Sue, a story of their travels to all 59 of the national parks in the U.S.

Our park operations/resource management sessions will include:

  • Strategies for Using Social Media for Park Management by MCP Open Space Park Ranger Mike Warner
  • GIS / Mapping for Field Staff by MCP Open Space Park Ranger Mike Warner
  • Best management practices of our parks
  • Coyotes in our Mist by Marin County Parks Chief Ranger Rob Ruiz
  • West Valley College’s Park Management Program by Chris Cruz
  • Law Enforcement Ranger- Generalist Model by Captain Ken Brink, Larimer County, CO DNR


We will also have speakers from Yosemite National Park! Including Scott Gediman, Deputy Superintendent, Public Affairs- who will discuss how to handle high profile events and media events.


If you are interested in presenting at the conference or have ideas for the conference, please contact:

Dawn Soles, Interp Track Chair dsoles@larpd.org

Ken Wong, Public Safety Track Chair Kwong@ebparks.org

Michael Warner, Park Ops/Resource Management Track chair region1@calranger.org

Matt Cerkel, Conference Chair matt@calranger.org

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