News Release

For Release:  July 23, 2008       
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
CA-N-08-78

BLM Manager Lynda Roush Nationally Recognized for Achievement

Lynda J. Roush, manager of the Bureau of Land Management's Arcata Field Office, has been selected as a 2008 Take Pride in America National Award recipient.  She was honored with 11 other national winners at a ceremony last week at the U. S. Department of the Interior headquarters in Washington, D. C.
 
"Lynda exemplifies the BLM's commitment to effective stewardship of public lands," BLM Director Jim Caswell said.  "Her ability to engage citizens and groups in the BLM's conservation efforts is essential to ensuring a wide range of available natural and cultural resources for present and future generations.  My warmest congratulations to Lynda, as she receives this well deserved award."
 
Roush, working with a staff of 47, oversees the conservation of natural resources on about 200,000 acres of public land in northwest California.  She and the field office staff work with local non-profit groups, local and state agencies and volunteers on restoration and preservation efforts in this unique, diverse part of the California coast.
 
The award recognized Roush for her outstanding leadership and innovative approaches to promoting volunteerism in furtherance of the BLM's mission.  The honor also recognized Roush's advocacy, leadership and diplomacy in developing and maintaining key relationships and partnerships that have made a difference in the sound management of America's public lands.
 
"I am honored to receive this award, but the credit for our accomplishments in Arcata goes to the staff," Roush said.  "Their diligence, professionalism and deep appreciation for public lands and resources are resulting in significant improvements to public lands.  Our staff welcomes and encourages the work of volunteers and partners, and that enhances our ability to get things done on the ground."
 
Take Pride in America is a national partnership program aimed at increasing volunteer service on America's public lands.  Its annual awards recognized specific volunteer projects and efforts in a variety of categories, including youth organization, corporation, public-private partnership and individual, among others.
 
The awards highlight events, projects and programs targeted at maintaining or enhancing public lands.  Roush was recognized in the Federal Land Manager category.

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Arcata Field Office     1695 Heindon Rd.     Arcata, CA  95521