Release Number: BMFO 2005-8
For Release: November 24, 2004
LOCAL BLM EMPLOYEES HONORED AT NINTH ANNUAL NATIONAL INTERPRETERS WORKSHOP
For the ninth consecutive year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recognized outstanding BLM interpreters and environmental educators at the National Association for Interpretation’s (NAI) annual National Interpreters Workshop (NIW), held this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Before an audience of several hundred, BLM’s “Excellence in Interpretation or Environmental Education” Awards were presented at a November 18, 2004, ceremony in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service’s “Gifford Pinchot Award,” the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s “Sense of Wonder Award,” the National Park Service’s “Freeman Tilden Award,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Hiram M. Chittenden Award,” and NAI’s “Master Front-Line Interpreter” and “Master Interpretive Manager” Awards. Eastern National, a private educational organization that offers financial support to the National Park Service, hosted award-winner receptions both before and after the ceremony.
The BLM “Excellence” Awards recognize outstanding BLM interpreters and educators for their work on employee-conducted programs that enhance public appreciation and understanding of the natural riches on our public lands, as well as management issues in the context of BLM’s multiple-use mission. The eight winning BLM programs were selected by a review panel composed of both BLM staff and representatives from outside partner organizations, including NAI. BLM “Excellence” nominees were judged on the quality of their work, their ability to involve partners, their effectiveness in enhancing public understanding of cultural and natural resources, their programs’ or products’ accessibility and sensitivity to diverse audiences, and their efforts’ success in helping BLM to accomplish its management goals.
Two Nevada BLM employees received honorable mention: Dorothy Harvey, Battle Mountain Field Office for her annual Environmental Education Day held at Mill Creek Campground for area 6th grade students; and Margaret McGuckian, Winnemucca Field Office, for her interpretive work at Lovelock Cave and the Lovelock Cave Back Country Byway.
Editor's Note: The National Association for Interpretation (http://www.interpnet.org) is a professional organization focusing on the interpretation of natural and cultural history. About 40 percent of its 3,500 members are Federal employees. The Bureau of Land Management (http://www.blm.gov), an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages 261 million surface acres of public lands, located mostly in the western United States including Alaska. BLM was a “Gold Circle” sponsor of this year’s National Interpreters Workshop