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News.bytes Extra, issue 459

Two BLM-Californians presented with Excellence in Interpretation or Environmental Education Awards

For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Bureau of Land Management recognized outstanding BLM interpreters and educators at the National Association for Interpretation National Workshop, held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Two of the three winners are with BLM-California:

Gold Award winner: Rachel Sowards-Thompson, Interpretive Outdoor Recreation Specialist with the King Range National Conservation Area, for diverse family and youth education programs.

Silver Award winner:  Joyce "Joya" Szalwinksi, Interpretive Park Ranger with the BLM El Centro Field Office, for the “Take it Outside! Off-Highway Vehicle Family Activity Cards” set.

Also presented with a Silver Award was Matthew "Matt" Christenson, Writer/Editor, Oregon/Washington State Office, for Northwest Passage, the magazine about the BLM Oregon/Washington.

A man and two women smile as they hold award plaques
From left: Matt Christenson, Rachel Sowards-Thompson, Joya Szalwinksi.

The 2010 BLM Excellence in Interpretation or Education Awards, presented at a November 18, 2010, ceremony, recognized outstanding BLM interpreters and educators for their work on employee-conducted programs that enhanced public appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural riches on our public lands, as well as management issues in the context of the BLM’s multiple-use mission.

News release, 12/1/10

Earlier News.bytes Extra with more information

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Last updated: 12-02-2010