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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
 
February 21, 2006
 
In Reply Refer To:
8300 (250) P
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 02/23/2006
Information Bulletin No. 2006-066      
 
To:              All State Directors and Assistant Directors
                   Attention: WO Group Managers and Recreation Leads
                  
From:          Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning     
 
Subject:       Call for Nominations for the 2006 American Recreation Coalition Beacon Award and the Bureau of Land Management 2006 Legends Honoree                                                     DD: 04/01/2006
                                         
Program Area(s): Recreation, Travel, Tourism and Visitor Services
 
Purpose: This Information Bulletin invites each State Director, Center Director, and WO Assistant Director to make nominations for two separate awards that will be presented during Great Outdoors Week in June 2006. These awards are the new Beacon Award, designed to recognize innovation in the use of technology in visitor services and recreation management, and the Legends Award, presented annually since 1991, which recognizes an outstanding Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee for increasing recreation opportunities and participation. The Beacon Awards and the BLM Legends Award will be presented at special events in Washington, D.C. during Great Outdoors Week, June 12-16, 2006, and the honorees will also be invited to attend the Annual Great Outdoors Award Celebration, hosted by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), and other events held during Great Outdoors Week.  
 
Policy/Action: Each State Office, Center and WO Assistant Directorate is invited to make one nomination for the ARC Beacon Award and one nomination for the Legends Award and submit their nomination to the National Recreation and Visitor Services Group (WO-250).
 
Timeframe: Nominations should be submitted by April 1, 2006. The ARC will select the Beacon Award honorees by May 1, 2006. The BLM will select the Legends Award Honoree by May 1, 2006.
 
Budget Impact: BLM honorees residing outside the Washington, D.C. metro area are provided one week of travel expenses and per diem. The BLM Legends Award honoree is also invited to be accompanied by his/her guest. The National Recreation and Visitor Services Group will cover all the travel expenses of the BLM’s honorees and guest.

Background:
Beacon Awards
 
During Great Outdoors Week 2005, the ARC awarded two initial Beacon Awards recognizing innovative use of technology in visitor services and recreation management. These new awards implemented a recommendation of the Partners Outdoors 2005 session, where participants felt that a new awards program, jointly administered by ARC and federal agencies hosting more than a billion recreation visits annually, would encourage experimentation with and use of new technologies and alternative communications channels to enhance visitor experiences and improve recreation program management.
 
In 2006 and subsequent years, the BLM will nominate two outstanding initiatives where new technologies provide improved, cost-effective solutions to recreation program needs. Beacon award criteria include:
 
·             Innovation in either:
                   a) Use of technology for visitor services or
b)  Use of technology for recreation management
                             Maximum points: 50
 
·                   Partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the private sector.
                             Maximum points: 20
 
·                   Efforts to share news of creative solutions within the agency.
                             Maximum points: 15
 
·                   Community support for the work of this initiative, as reflected in awards, recognition by community boards and committees, etc.
                             Maximum points: 15
 
Beacon Award Nomination Process. Each State Director, Center Director, and WO Assistant Director by April 1, 2006 may submit one nomination to the National Recreation and Visitor Services Group (WO-250) providing the project’s name along with contact information to include the address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address together with a narrative addressing the four criteria for the ARC Beacon Award. The narrative should also include a concise summary that can be used by the ARC to prepare the award citation.
 
Legends Award
 
The BLM annually selects an outstanding Washington Office or Field employee who is honored during Great Outdoors Week, held each June, in Washington, D.C. The BLM honoree is recognized for his/her long-term personal efforts to enhance the outdoor experiences of visitors to our Nation’s public lands and waters. The 2005 Honoree was Ray Hanson, Outdoor Recreation Planner from BLM’s Lander Field Office in Wyoming. All previous BLM Legends honorees are listed in Attachment 2.
 
The BLM criteria for the 2006 Legends Award have been changed to match those recommended by the American Recreation Coalition and already being used by the other participating agencies. Nominees must fulfill these criteria:
 
·       Quantifiable improvements in either:
o       Recreation opportunities (services and/or facilities); or
o       Participation in recreation by one or more categories of the American public labeled “non-traditional visitors.”
Maximum points: 30
 
·       Reliance upon partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the private sector.
Maximum points: 30
 
·       Use of creative solutions and programs, and demonstrated efforts to share news of creative solutions within the agency.
Maximum points: 20
 
·       Community support for the work of this individual, as reflected in awards, roles on community boards and committees, etc.
Maximum points: 20
 
Legends Award Nomination Process. Each State Director, Center Director, and WO Assistant Director by April 1, 2006 may submit one nomination to the National Recreation and Visitor Services Group (WO-250) providing the nominee’s name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, photograph, and a maximum two-page narrative addressing the four criteria for the BLM Legends Award. The narrative should also include a concise summary that can be used by the American Recreation Coalition to prepare the award citation. The nomination narrative should follow the style of the example in Attachment 1 describing the accomplishments of the 2005 Honoree.
 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:None.
 
Coordination: Beacon Awards – A BLM interdisciplinary team will be established to review all of the BLM’s nominees. The Team will recommend up to two Beacon Award nominees whose names will be forwarded to the ARC. Final selection of honorees will be done by a special panel assembled by ARC. The BLM Beacon Award Honorees will be invited to make presentations to agency, Congressional and recreation community officials during Great Outdoors Week (June 12–16, 2006) at a Capitol Hill location. The BLM Beacon Award Honorees also will be able to participate in the other special events held during Great Outdoors Week.
 
Legends Award - An interdisciplinary team will be established to review all of the BLM’s nominees. The Team will recommend a BLM honoree and forward the name to the Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning and the ARC. One BLM Legends Honoree is named annually to receive this prestigious award. The BLM Legends Honoree will be recognized at a special ceremony during the week of June 12–16, 2006 in Washington, D.C. The BLM Legends Honoree also will be able to participate in the other special events held during Great Outdoors Week.
 
Contact: Please submit the nomination packets for both awards by April 1, 2006 providing the documentation listed in the Background Section above. Send the complete nomination packets for each award to Hal Hallett, National Recreation and Visitor Services Group (WO-250), 1849 C Street, N.W., MS 302 LS, Washington, D.C. 20240; by fax at (202) 452-7709; or by E-mail, Hal_Hallett@blm.gov. You may call (202) 452-7794 for more information.
 
Signed by:                                                            
Authenticated by:
Thomas H. Dyer                                                   
Robert M. Williams
Deputy Assistant Director                                               
Policy and Records Group,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
 
 
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