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The Signpost Newsletter

First Quarter 2018

Contact Us

Officers, Directors

and Staff



Matt Cerkel

(415) 609-3863




Candi Hubert

(714) 357-7861



Region 1 Director

Michael Warner

(415) 999-2151



Region 2 Director

Pam Helmke

 (408) 201-2886



Region 3 Director

Daniel Hiemstra

(530) 720-3998



Region 4 Director

Richard Weiner

(909) 952-1520



Region 5 Director

Candi Hubert

(714) 357-7861



Region 6 Director

Andy Brown

(775) 849-2511



The Signpost Newsletter

Editor, Matt Cerkel

Associate Editor, Jeff Price


Executive Manager

Betsy Anderson

(707) 884-3949




Jeff Price

(805) 278-9201


This list will change after the election is final in January 2018.

Managing the Resource

Christmas Trees for Special Families


by Andy Brown, Region 6 Director


Galena Creek Regional Park, founded in 1931, is the oldest regional park in Washoe County. The park consists of 460 acres of towering Jeffery pines, white fir, Incense cedar, mountain mahogany, and green-leaf manzanita. As it is situated in the transition zone between the Great Basin to the Sierra, you’ll also find sage, bitterbrush and other typical high-desert species peppered throughout.















and several miles of heavily travelled multi-use trails that link the park to an adjacent community across State Route 431, a main thoroughfare from Reno to Lake Tahoe.


As a park ranger in this desert-forest environment, I can say with certainty that the trees are the focus regarding public safety. We focus on the health of the trees themselves, and the hazards that they pose to the public (and each other) when they become unhealthy.


Drought and wildfires are also a major concern, and usually the driving force behind any decisions to cull the herd. (continued on Page 7)

The park shares a boundary with a few thousand acres of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest below Mount Rose, the highest peak on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. Washoe County and the US Forest Service jointly manage the Galena Creek Recreation Area, which includes a visitor center

PRAC Educational Scholarships

2018 Application Information


PRAC accepts annual Student Scholarships applications beginning February 1st of each year.


Two Scholarships up to $500.00 will be available annually.


Download the PRAC Scholarship Application and carefully read the Scholarship Guidelines.


Applications and supporting materials must be received prior to September 30th. The PRAC Scholarship Committee will select candidates and make awards shortly after the application deadline.











When applying for the Scholarship please be sure to enclose all supporting documents and make certain all criteria for the scholarship guidelines are met. Students who are members of PRAC, enrolled in a program of study in parks and recreation management, resource management, forestry or a related field and enrolled in at least 6 semester units or the equivalent, during the Fall Semester are eligible for consideration.


Good luck in your academic preparation and career in parks and recreation.


The PRAC Board of Directors


For more information e-mail

the PRAC Scholarship Committee


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