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BLM-California News.bytes
News.bytes Extra, issue 486

Making a difference 

United Desert Gateway (UDG) presented an award of appreciation to BLM employee Jennifer Whyte for her inspired vision in the creation of the annual Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area "Dunes Cleanup."

In 1998 Whyte volunteered to coordinate a massive one-day volunteer cleanup effort and spent months organizing it, gathering numerous corporate and business donations, as well as advertising the event. The first event attracted more than 1,000 volunteers who collected over 2,000 bags of trash.  With this success, the cleanup has become an annual event that draws thousands of volunteers each year.  The annual cleanup will celebrate 15 years in February.

Whyte organized the volunteer clean up because of her compassion and love for recreating in the Imperial Sand Dunes.  "It doesn't seem like work to me.  Talking to people is energizing.  I organized the cleanup to make a difference." said Whyte.  Whyte began working for the BLM in 2007.  The annual cleanup is now coordinated by UDG and BLM.

“The success of the Dunes Cleanups shows that people can make a difference.  Jennifer had an idea and she made it happen.  Her passion has ignited thousands of volunteers and her outstanding work continues.” said Margaret L. Goodro, El Centro Field Manager.

two smiling women hold an award plaque
Charla Teeters (left) from United Desert Gateway presents Jennifer Whyte with an appreciation award for Whyte’s dedication to the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Annual Cleanup.

- Michelle Puckett, BLM SCEP-park ranger, El Centro Field Office, 6/22/11 

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Last updated: 06-23-2011