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News.bytes Extra, issue 483

BLM-California volunteers win "Making a Difference" award

California BLM volunteers Dee and Betty Zeller are winners of the 2011 BLM "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Award.  The Zellers are volunteer hosts of the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, managed by the BLM's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office.  As outstanding volunteers for 15 years, the Zellers were recognized in the Lifetime Achievement category. (text continues below)

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Dee and Betty Zeller (center) with Deputy Director Mike Pool and California BLM Deputy State Director Jim Scrivner.

Along with award winners from four other states, the Zellers attended the award ceremony at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. on May 26.  The awards were presented by Deputy Director Mike Pool and the Deputy State Directors of the award winner's state offices.  Representing BLM California were Deputy State Director Jim Scrivner and Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Manager Greg Hill.  Besides the award ceremony,  activities included a "meet and greet" dinner the night before the ceremony and a guided tour of the National Mall and Monuments by Brianna Candelaria, BLM National Lead for Interpretation.

BLM Presents Awards for 2011 to Volunteers "Making a Difference" on Public Lands (BLM national news release, 5/26/11)

Profiles of BLM’s 2011 "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Award Winners 

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Last updated: 06-02-2011