|Wood Rat Trap|
|Emerald Ash Borer Trap|
The following day we were back with law enforcement! Cars were illegally parked at a bus drop off/pick up stop at Potoma Wayside. We had practiced before writing warnings, but this time we were writing tickets and performing the radio calls to dispatch for car tag identifying and other information. Using the radios for this situation was new and a great learning experience as we learned how to become more comfortable with using the proper codes and procedures that are carried out. Later that day we were patrolling when Renee noticed an open door to an old abandoned and secured power plant. Upon further investigation we were able to see how the people entered from which way, and what it was they were doing there- scrapping the old copper and other metals for money. It was very exciting to see what good can come about patrolling when you are engaged in the surrounding area.
Friday and Saturday we were working with the Fee Department. Friday was beneficial because we learned how their duties are carried out while it was not overly busy. We worked in the entrance station where visitors come to park. We collect their money and answer questions they may have. There is much to learn because certain groups (school groups, large groups, etc.) have a different way of paying. On Saturday we did the same thing, although this time it was much busier so the training we had the day before was much needed. As one of us worked the entrance station the other worked down by the train station directing people were to park and how to pay. We switched half way through the day so we got to experience both stations. It was a lot of fun talking with park visitors.
-Jackie Innella and Renee Benson