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Release Date: 03/07/11
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BLM's John Likins Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Rangeland Management Specialist John Likins, of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office, has received the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wyoming Chapter of the Society for Range Management (WY SRM). The award is presented to SRM members with long-term contributions to the art and science of range management.

 John Likins, with his wife Laura at his side, accepts the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wyoming Chapter of the Society for Range Management.
 John Likins, with his wife Laura at his side, accepts the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wyoming Chapter of the Society for Range Management.
“Ask most anyone in Wyoming who has worked with John and they will tell you that he has long been considered a well-seasoned pro in the realm of rangeland management,” said WY SRM President Summer Schulz. “John is extremely fair, thorough and knowledgeable of applied rangeland science and associated regulations, as well as being a great collaborator.”

Likins began his career as a forestry technician on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, after earning a Forest-Range Management Degree from Utah State University. He began his BLM career in 1976 as a range conservationist in Richfield, Utah and then moved to Lander in 1980 to work as a supervisory range conservationist, where he has worked ever since.

Likins has spent much of the past 30 years working with grazing permittees in the Lander Field Office area to enhance rangeland health, particularly within the Green Mountain Common Allotment (GMCA). He has sought to create a balance in the GMCA between livestock grazing and other resource values and uses, including conservation of riparian areas, big game and core sage-grouse habitat, the Oregon National Historic Trail corridor and three wild horse herds.

“Honest, forthright discussions in his position as a range manager, coupled with an equally honest desire to be fair, have gained John the respect of the grazing permittees with whom he works,” said Dr. Terry Booth of the USDA, Agriculture Research Service, who nominated Likins for the award. Booth said he nominated Likins “for 30 years of contributions to the professional management and protection of our rangeland resources in that special place that is the GMCA.”

“I am honored to accept this award, and want to thank Terry, Summer and the WY SRM Council for this recognition. In addition, I need to recognize all the support my family has given me over the years, especially my wife, Laura,” Likins said.

Past awards that Likins has received include the 1995 Outstanding Range Man Award from WY SRM and the 2007 Outstanding Range Professional Award from Wyoming Stock Growers Association.

“John has proven himself to be an excellent steward of the land and has worked tirelessly to balance the exceptional resources found in the Lander area with grazing use,” said BLM Assistant Field Manager Rubel Vigil, Likins’ supervisor. “This is a fitting tribute to an employee who has given everything he has to make things better out on the range.”



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 03-08-2011