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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 291

Tom Pogacnik, Wild Horse and Burro Program Manager, receives the
2007 Take Pride in America National Award 

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett recognized 18 National Award winners representing 12 states and the District of Columbia. at the 2007 Take Pride in America National Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. The individuals and groups from across the country were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to local, state and federal public lands.

BLM-California's Tom Pogacnik, Wild Horse and Burro Program Manager, was an award recipient for the category of "Federal Land Manager."

Tom Pogacnik receives the 2007 Take Pride in America National Award, with Deputy Director, Henri Bisson.

Tom Pogacnik and Henri Bisson

"These are extraordinary individuals and organizations who have tapped into the power of volunteerism to enhance our public lands and improve the experiences of visitors to those lands," Deputy Secretary Scarlett said.

USA Freedom Corps Acting Director Kathy Wills Wright and Take Pride in America Executive Director Heather Roebke joined Deputy Secretary Scarlett in presenting the awards and Clint Eastwood, Take Pride spokesman, addressed the audience via a recorded video message.

The annual Take Pride in America National Awards recognizes specific volunteer projects and efforts in a variety of categories, including youth organization, corporation, public/ private partnership and individual, among others. These awards recognize events, projects and programs targeted at maintaining or enhancing public lands such as parks, rivers, wildlife refuges, cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds and other recreation areas.

Federal land managers were honored for innovative approaches to recruiting volunteers and cultivating their volunteer programs. This year’s awardees represent the National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation.

BLM California News.bytes, issue 291

Last updated: 07-23-2007