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Phoenix District
Release Date: 06/07/13
Contacts: Pamela Mathis , 602-402-7690 - cell  

BLM Employees Presented With Beacon Award by American Recreation Coalition

PHOENIX – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) honored the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Phoenix District for promoting recreational opportunities on public lands.

At its annual Great Outdoors Week event in Washington, DC, ARC presented employees with the BLM-Arizona Phoenix District Office with the Beacon Award, which recognizes innovative use of technology in visitor services and recreation management.

The Phoenix District Office received a Beacon Award for its “Quick Response” program. Visitors to the District can use their cell phones to call a local number that provides safety alerts and tips, fire information, and information on local recreational and historical sites.  Using smartphones, visitors can also scan the QR codes at District recreational and historical sites, which in turn take them to a web site that allows them to download maps of the area or other information.

“The Phoenix District is using innovative technology to provide quality customer service to the users of public lands,” said BLM Arizona State Director Raymond Suazo. “We are excited that BLM employees in Arizona received this well-deserved award 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 Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 06-08-2013