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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 (172) P
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 09/22/2010
Information Bulletin No. 2010-120
 
To:                   All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
 
From:               Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships
 
Subject:           Selection of Members of the Bureau of Land Management Hands on the Land Working Group
 
The Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships is pleased to announce the selection of six Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees as the initial members of the BLM Hands on the Land (HOL) Working Group.  Hands on the Land is an interagency program linking outdoor classrooms across America’s public and private lands. The BLM hosts a growing number of HOL sites offering education programs developed in conjunction with local schools.
 
The employees selected as HOL Working Group members are:
  • Julie Clark, Park Ranger, Arcata Field Office, California
  • McKinney Briske, Park Ranger, Las Cruces District Office, New Mexico 
  • Allison Barnes, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Buffalo and Newcastle Field Offices, Wyoming
  • Chris Cook, Archaeologist, Milwaukee Field Office, Wisconsin
  • Liz Townley, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Salmon Field Office, Idaho
  • Kate Sorom, Interpretive Park Ranger, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada 

Members of the HOL Working Group will share their personal experiences, leadership skills, and perspectives to help shape and promote the HOL Program, and will play an important role in representing Field Office needs and perspectives to the Washington Office. Members will serve staggered terms of two or three years.

Areas of focus for the Working Group will include:

  • assessing HOL site needs;
  • developing orientation materials for new HOL classrooms;
  • promoting the sharing of best practices through the HOL website, mentoring programs, meetings, and other avenues;
  • encouraging interactivity among HOL sites through distance learning programs, comparative studies, special events, and other approaches;
  • establishing standards of excellence for HOL programs and materials;
  • identifying tools and best practices for training and professional development;
  • identifying measures of success and identifying appropriate assessment tools;
  • developing BLM recognition and publicity programs to showcase outstanding HOL programs; and
  • identifying avenues for leveraging resources through volunteers, partners, and grant opportunities. 
Working Group members were selected from a slate of applications submitted by BLM employees nationwide.  The members were chosen for their significant experience working in field classroom settings; partnering with schools or school districts; and developing educational programs that support school curricula and standards of learning, as well as resource management objectives. Working Group members will collaborate during monthly conference calls and informally by various communication methods. 
 
Should you have questions about the HOL Working Group, please contact Derrick Baldwin, Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships, at Derrick_Baldwin@blm.gov or
(970) 882-6805. 
 
 
 
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: 09-24-2010