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  2015 National Volunteer Award Winners   

2015 National Volunteer Award Winners


The Bureau of Land Management presented its prestigious "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards for outstanding volunteer service in 2014 on BLM-managed lands on Thursday, May 28. Top BLM leaders recognized the award winners during a national event held via live video teleconference. Staff at the BLM's headquarters in Washington, D.C. hosted the conference, which connected to six states around the country.

"To carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of public land stewardship, we need the help of partners and individual citizens," said BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis. "Last year alone, 32,000 BLM volunteers performed more than 1.2 million hours of service, valued at over $27 million. We couldn’t be more grateful for all that they choose to give to our nation and our public lands."

The annual "Making a Difference" Award recognizes exceptional volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours improving the public lands. These hard-working volunteers have helped BLM to maintain recreation trails, protect archaeological sites, provide environmental education and other visitor services, and monitor and protect wildlife and other natural resources.

Meet this year's winners through the links below:

A national panel of BLM specialists and partner representatives selected the award winners from dozens of nominees submitted by BLM state offices. The winners demonstrated exceptional contributions to the conservation and management of public lands.

Check out the BLM's "MyPublicLands" blog on tumblr.com for photos and details on the winnters.



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BLM’s 2012 Volunteer Annual Report

 BLM's 2012 Volunteer Annual Report

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