U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
California

 News.bytes Extra, issue 267

State Director presents Team Service Awards

State Director Mike Pool presented his annual "Team Service Award" to the BLM's Bishop Field Office and the BLM State Office's Branch of Fire and Aviation last week in recognition of their outstanding performance in 2006.

Members of the Bishop Field Office with their Team Service Award
Members of the Bishop Field Office with their Team Service Award

Within the spectacular backdrop of the snow-clad Sierra, Pool presented the Bishop Field Office of the BLM with a 2006 Team Service Award in recognition of the office's outstanding collaborative relationships with a diverse range of external audiences in the Eastern Sierra region. He commended Field Manager Bill Dunkelberger for his leadership in working with a number of interagency and private partners in efforts such as the Sierra Interagency Land Tenure Adjustment process, the Mono Basin pinyon fuels treatment effort, and others. He also praised the entire office staff in their efforts to improve safety standards, to work with local Native American tribes to protect petroglyphs and other sensitive resources, and co-sponsoring a "Resolving Land Use Disputes" workshop for local community leaders.

Ed Wehking receives the State Director's 2006 Team Service Award on behalf of the Branch of Fire and Aviation
Ed Wheking receives the State Director's 2006 Team Service Award on behalf of the Branch of Fire and Aviation

California State Director Mike Pool recognized the Branch of Fire and Aviation for their outstanding collaboration, teamwork, and their commitment to excellence. This past year was a very challenging year for the fire program, with the fire season beginning very early in the spring and never letting up. However the fire staff rose to the challenge, ensuring the BLM fire resources were well prepared, with appropriate oversight of the state-wide program.

The fire program was also heavily engaged with the California Fire Alliance, Fire Safe councils and community leaders to help reduce the risk of wildfires in the wildland-urban interface. Over the past 3 years through community assistance grants to local Fire Safe councils, BLM has funded 220 projects treating over 32,600 acres of private lands. These projects help protect thousands of homes and create a safer environment for our fire fighters to defend wildfires.

- 2/07


BLM California News.bytes, issue 267