Employee Accomplishments

Our people are our greatest resource. There are new stories all the time about ways our employees have fulfilled our mission, gone above and beyond the call and generally done incredibly impressive things on behalf of the Bureau. Check out the latest employee news.

BulletChris Delaney, Acting Fire Management Officer, Wins 2011 Wildland Fire Safety Award

Chris Delaney, Acting Fire Management Officer for the Southern Nevada District Office, is the winner of the 2011 National Wildland Fire Safety Award! Chris spearheaded an initiative to correct faulty driveshafts on Type 4 fire engines. When Chris noticed the problem, he sprang into action to prevent future failures and contacted the BLM National Fire Equipment Program (NFEP) to request an investigation into the issue. The investigation linked similar problems in two other locations. As a result, NFEP issued a safety bulletin recalling driveshafts in all Navistar engines nationwide. 


BulletBLM Announces Appointment of Ruth Welch to Lead National Operations Center in Denver

Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey announced today that Ruth Welch, currently the BLM’s Associate State Director in Wyoming, has been selected to be the agency’s new Director of the National Operations Center (NOC) in Denver.



Craig Egerton, BLM UT Natural Resource Advisor, Wins 2011 Cattleman of the Year

Craig Egerton, a BLM Natural Resource Advisor in the Cedar City Field Office, was awarded the Iron County Honorary Cattleman of the Year for 2011 by the Iron County Cattlemen’s Association on February 28, 2012.

BulletNew State BLM Chief Ready for Challenges

Jesse Juen, BLM New Mexico's State Director, is featured in a recent article in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Bullet Tim Wakefield, BLM Field Manager at Red Rock Sloan Field Office, wins APPL 2012 Agency Partner of the Year Award 

Tim Wakefield, Field Manager at Red Rock Sloan Field Office, won the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) 2012 Agency Partner of the Year Award. According to APPL, Wakefield’s commitment to engaging partners is a comprehensive approach that involves a blend of maturity, open mindedness, strong work ethic and resource knowledge of all partners.

BulletSecretary Salazar Confers Valor Awards on Three BLM-Idaho Employees

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today conferred Department of the Interior Valor Awards on three employees who work for the BLM in Idaho. The individuals – Rick Carter, Edward Foley, and Brett Griffith – were recognized for their exemplary competence and heroism in saving the life of a truck driver from drowning in the Salmon River and in averting a series of potential collisions during a June 2011 logging truck accident on Highway I-95 near Riggins, Idaho.

BulletPulaski Award Presented to Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Fire Program

The prestigious Pulaski Award, presented to the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District fire program, is temporarily located at the Thermopolis Fire Hall in recognition of the BLM’s partnership with Hot Springs County Rural Fire District. Fire Management Officer Chuck Russell is sharing the award with partners by sending it to locations throughout the area.

Bullet BLM Cody Field Office Wins National Wild Turkey Federation Award

Destin Harrell, Bryan McKenzie and Mike Wengert of the Cody Field Office accepted the 2011 Making Tracks Award for Conservation Education from the National Wild Turkey Federation during the NWTF Convention, February 8-11, in Nashville. The Cody Field Office received the award for its land management efforts on behalf of wild turkeys and other wildlife.


BLM Cody's Jack Mononi Receives National Awards

Cody Field Office Supervisory Range Management Specialist Jack Mononi was presented the 2012 Elk Conservation Achievement Award for Individual Achievement from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on February 2 in Las Vegas. The award recognizes Mononi for his long-standing commitment to excellence in the enhancement and conservation of habitat for elk and other wildlife.

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