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2012 Partners in Conservation Winners

On Thursday, October 18, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes presented the 2012 "Partners in Conservation" Awards to 3 BLM partner organizations that have achieved exemplary conservation results through public-private cooperation and community engagement. The BLM awardees were among 17 award recipients representing more than 700 individuals and organizations from across the United States.


"The Partners in Conservation Awards offer wonderful examples of how America’s greatest conservation legacies are created when communities from a wide range of backgrounds work together," said Hayes, who announced the winners at an award ceremony at Interior today. "These awards recognize dedicated citizens from across our nation who collaborate to conserve and restore America’s Great Outdoors, to encourage youth involvement in conservation and to forge solutions to complex natural resource challenges."

The BLM's winners include:

Iditarod National Historic Trail Centennial Partnership
Iditarod National Historic Trail Centennial Partnership:  Marcilynn Burke, Department of the Interior, Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management; Lesli Schick, Alaska Department of Natural Resources; Jaime Schmidt, USDA-USFS Chugach National Forest; Judy Bittner, President, Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance; David Hayes, Department of the Interior, Deputy Secretary; Kevin Keeler, BLM Iditarod NHT Administrator; Rick Thompson, Alaska Department of Natural Resources; Karen Kelleher, BLM Anchorage District Manager; Mike Pool, BLM Acting Director.

Phoenix District Youth Initiative
Phoenix District Youth InitiativeMarcilynn Burke, Department of the Interior, Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management; Dr. Chandra Taylor-Smith, Vice President for Community Conservation and Education,National Audubon Society; Patrick Putnam, BLM Phoenix Associate District Manager;  Reginald Flip” Hagood, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Student Conservation Association; Adam Soto, Arizona Call-a-Teen Youth Resources; David Hayes, Department of the Interior, Deputy Secretary; Jessica Proehl, Arizona Call-a-Teen Youth Resources; Hannah Wendel, BLM Natural Resource Youth Coordinator; Laura Herrin, Director of Innovation, Student Conservation Association; Steve Cohn, BLM Chief, National Landscape Conservation System; Mike Pool, BLM Acting Director.

Ute Learning Garden

Ute Learning Garden: Marcilynn Burke, Department of the Interior, Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management; Betsy Chapoose, Director, Ute Indian Tribe Cultural Rights and Protection Office; David Hayes, Department of the Interior, Deputy Secretary; Catherine Robertson, BLM Grand Junction Field Manager; Mike Pool, BLM Acting Director.