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  2014 National Volunteer Award Winers   

2014 National Volunteer Award Winners


On May 29, BLM presented its "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards for outstanding volunteer service or volunteer leadership in 2013 on BLM-managed lands. The award was presented to recipients at a recognition event held via live video conference hosted at the BLM's headquarters in Washington, D.C. and connected to seven states around the country.

The annual "Making a Difference" Award recognizes exceptional volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours improving the public lands. Their work ranges from trail repairs, providing environmental education and visitor services to monitoring and habitat restoration. The volunteers selected for this year's awards were:

  • Mark Kreider (Outstanding Youth), Anchorage District Office, Alaska;
  • Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (Outstanding Youth), Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area, Florida;
  • Stan Shaw (Outstanding Achievement), Yuma Field Office, Arizona;
  • Dr. Jack Hailman (Outstanding Achievement), Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area, Florida;
  • Verna Pratt (Lifetime Achievement), Campbell Creek Science Center, Alaska;
  • Mark Hesse (Lifetime Achievement—posthumous), Monticello Field Office, Utah;
  • Floyd and Opal Jensen (Lifetime Achievement), Salem District Office, Oregon; and
  • Friends of Pompeys Pillar (Lifetime Achievement), Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Montana.
  • Rob Sweeten, Utah State Office, is the winning BLM employee.

A national panel of BLM specialists and partner representatives selected the award winners from dozens of nominees submitted by BLM state offices. The winners were selected for their 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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