U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
EMS TRANSMISSION 03/07/2007
Instruction Memorandum No. 2007-077
To: State Directors
Attn: State and Field Office Volunteer Coordinators
Subject: 2007 “America the Beautiful” Volunteer Pass
Program Area: Volunteer Program
Purpose: This directive provides temporary guidance for issuing the Congressionally established “America the Beautiful” Volunteer Pass to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) volunteers in 2007.
Policy/Action: Each State should inform its volunteers about the opportunity to earn the “America the Beautiful” Volunteer Pass and issue passes to individuals who qualify for the pass in accordance with the following guidelines:
Timeframe: Effective immediately and in effect through December 31, 2007.
Background: In December 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), Public Law 108-447, which established a new interagency pass program to replace the Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passports, and the National Parks Pass with a new “America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.” As part of the program, the REA also authorized the Secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture and Interior to issue interagency volunteer passes. An image of the pass is included in Attachment 1.
Guidance related to other passes authorized under PL 108-447 will be provided via a separate Instruction Memorandum on the BLM Recreation Program.
Budget Impact: The budget impact is expected to be minimal.
Contact: Mary Tisdale, Chief, Division of Education & Volunteers (WO-650) at e-mail Mary_Tisdale@blm.gov or telephone (202) 452-0365.
1 – Department of the Interior Press Release, “New Interagency Pass Program Will Help Public Enjoy Enhanced Recreation Sites on Public Lands” (4 pp) [link to http://www.doi.gov/news/06_News_Releases/061205.html