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DATE: January 13, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
e-mail: Mike_Brown@nv.blm.gov
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2004-20

 STEWARDSHIP GROUP/BLM RECEIVE RANGE MANAGEMENT AWARD

Leta Collord, President of the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group and BLM Elko
Field Manager Helen Hankins recently received the Great Basin Award at the Society for Range
Management Nevada Chapter meeting in Ely, Nevada.
During the award presentation, it was noted that Collord and Hankins have been the
instrumental force in creating and maintaining the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group
(NNSG). In the Fall of 1998, they organized a workshop, hosted by the BLM, to improve
community-based involvement in land management and planning in Elko County. From this
humble beginning, emerged the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group. Both nominees worked
hard to bring miners, ranchers, conservationists, federal and state agency personnel, and business
leaders to the same table, to address pressing resource issues. Their continued dedication has
improved trust and respect among diverse interests in Elko County. Without their vision to form the
Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group, and energy to build and expand the organization, the
large number of high quality education workshops and symposia sponsored by the NNSG would
not have occurred. These programs include:
1999, National Environmental Policy Act Workshop
1999, Great Basin Rangelands Science Symposium
2000, Sagebrush Symposium
2001, Fire Ecology & Revegetation Symposium
2001, “Learning Community” Workshop
2002, Outdoor Recreation Workshop
2002, Restoration and Management of Sagebrush/Grass Communities Workshop
2003, Riparian Ecology and Restoration Workshop
2003, Mining and the Community – A Partnership
In making the presentation, Cub Wolfe of the National Resource Conservation Service in
Minden, Nevada, commented, “The influence of these education efforts have been felt not just in
Nevada, but also adjacent states. For their foresight, dedication, and perseverance in building
community involvement in natural resource management through the Northeastern Nevada
Stewardship Group, both Leta Collord and Helen Hankins deserve recognition by the Nevada
Section of the Society for Range Management.”

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