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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
http://www.blm.gov
 
September 17, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
1115/8367 (172) P
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 09/21/2010
Information Bulletin No. 2010-118
 
To:                   All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
 
From:               Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community
Partnerships
 
Subject:           The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2010 “Excellence in Interpretation or Education” Awards: Announcement of Winners
 
We are pleased to announce the selection of three winners in the BLM’s 2010 “Excellence in Interpretation” Awards competition. They are:
 
GOLD AWARD winner: Rachel Sowards-Thompson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, King Range National Conservation Area, Whitethorn California.  Rachel has developed a remarkable variety of programs that engage audiences ranging from student groups to families. Her programs include the Lost Coast Life Lab which provides unique after-school field activities for elementary-school students, and the Paradise Royale Mountain Bike program, through which local youths build bike trails, learn about safe and ethical riding, and get to ride mountain bikes in the process. 
 
SILVER AWARD winner: Matthew “Matt” Christenson, BLM Oregon State Office, Portland, Oregon.  Matt Christenson is the driving force behind Northwest Passage, the magazine about BLM Oregon/Washington. Established in 2008, the quarterly publication delivers breathtaking photos of the Pacific Northwest alongside compelling—and sometimes humorous—articles on BLM resources, programs, activities, news, policies, and technologies. 
 
SILVER AWARD winner: Joyce “Joya” Szalwinski, Park Ranger, BLM El Centro Field Office, California.   Joya Szalwinski is dedicated to helping kids, families, and the off-highway vehicle (OHV) community safely recreate at the highly popular Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, while also learning about this dynamic environment.  The 25 cards in her distinctive “Take It Outside! OHV Family Activity Cards” set cover topics ranging from safe riding to local topography, engaging both parents and children with fascinating facts and fun activities. 
 
Our GOLD and SILVERaward winners have been invited to attend the “Excellence in Interpretation” awards ceremony on November 18, 2010, to be held in conjunction with the National Association for Interpretation’s (NAI) 2010 National Workshop. This year’s workshop will take place November 16-20, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners of the Hiram M. Chittenden Award (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), the Sense of Wonder Award (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education Award (USDA Forest Service), the Freeman Tilden Award (National Park Service), and NAI’s Master Front-Line Interpreter and Master Interpretive Manager awards will also be acknowledged during this ceremony.
 
Congratulations to our award winners and thanks to all who participated in the year’s awards competition. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brianna Candelaria, BLM Lead for Interpretation, at Brianna_Candelaria@blm.gov or (202) 912-7583.
 
 
 
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Carl Rountree                                                              Robert M. Williams
Director, National Landscape Conservation                Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
    System and Community Partnerships

 
Last updated: 09-21-2010