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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Alaska State Office
 
Release Date: 06/06/13
Contacts: Thom Jennings , 907-271-3335 , tjenning@blm.gov
News Release No. 13-16

BLM-Alaska Employees Honored With American Recreation Coalition Awards


ANCHORAGE – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has honored two Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Alaska employees for promoting recreational opportunities on public lands.
 
At its annual Great Outdoors Week event May 29, 2013, in Washington, DC, ARC presented an employee from the BLM-Alaska Central Yukon Field Office its Beacon Award, which recognizes innovative use of technology in visitor services and recreation management.  A BLM-Alaska Glennallen Field Office employee was honored with the Legends Award, which recognizes outstanding federal employees who increase recreation opportunities and participation on public lands.
 
Central Yukon Field Office Park Ranger Interpreter Lisa Shon Jodwalis was recognized for her leadership in the creation of a 30-minute high-definition film, Arctic Visions & Voices: a Journey through Northern Alaska, which centers on the 414-mile Dalton Highway.  With few people having the time and resources to drive the remote and challenging thoroughfare, Arctic Visions & Voices provides one of the few opportunities for the public to experience the Dalton Highway.  The film is part of an integrated program of interpretive services including website www.blm.gov/ak/dalton, the Dalton Highway Visitor Guide, wayside exhibits, and exhibits and interpretive programs at the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center.

 

Outdoor Recreation Planner Marcia Butorac received a Legends Award for the work she has done over the past 18 years for the Glennallen Field Office, which includes management of the Delta and Gulkana Wild and Scenic Rivers, 908 miles of trails, 17 trailheads, four campgrounds, and four boat launches.  Marcia was honored for her commitment to building lasting partnerships, for providing opportunities for youth, and for her promotion of stewardship of public lands. She has mentored dozens of seasonal youth hires and campground host volunteers in recreation management. Volunteers for the Field Office treasure their experience so much that they often travel thousands of miles every year to provide their service under her direction.

 

“Members of our BLM-Alaska team have once again been recognized at the national level for the incredible work that they do.” said Bud Cribley, BLM-Alaska State Director, “I am proud to work with these dedicated BLM employees and offer my congratulations on both well-deserved awards from the American Recreation Coalition.”

Initiated in 1991, ARC’s Legends Award program involves the following seven federal agencies: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

 



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including 72 million acres in Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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Last updated: 06-06-2013