U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
|Release Date: 08/16/12|
BLM Buffalo Field Office Partners with Wyoming Conservation Corp and Devon Energy for Preservation, Restoration and Education in the Powder River Basin:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office, along with Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) and Devon Energy's Gillette Field Office volunteered more than 50 hours during a 10-day project from Aug. 6-15 in the Southern Big Horn Mountains. Volunteers focused on improving wildlife conditions, fixing water monitoring systems, and educating the next generation of community and energy industry leaders.
"We are thrilled to continue our volunteer efforts alongside the Wyoming Conservation Corps and Devon Energy, building on the many initiatives we’ve completed in the past," said BLM Buffalo Field Office Manager Duane Spencer. "These activities are essential to the BLM’s success and truly benefit the entire community."
"Participating in events that educate and improve our communities is a top priority for Devon," said Kevin McAulay, production superintendent at Devon Energy’s Gillette field office. "We look forward to the next opportunity to partner with the BLM and the WCC for additional volunteer activities to support our local environment and wildlife."
"Devon and the BLM have repeatedly proven to be ideal partners for various volunteer and educational initiatives over the years. As a Serve Wyoming and AmeriCorps program, we appreciate how these relationships have enriched the lives and education of our students," said Brittany Thompson, WCC project coordinator.
The WCC, Devon and BLM field offices throughout Wyoming have partnered on community initiatives for more than five years, including an initiative to clean up the Weston Hill Recreation Area earlier this year.
Phil Cook, vice president of Devon’s Rockies business unit said, "Devon employees live here and work here, and they also want to give back to their communities. This project fits in with our personal values, and it also supports Devon’s core values of ‘Always do the right thing’ and ‘Be a good neighbor'."
Cook and his sons Zac, 17, and an Eagle Scout, and Bennett, 14, and working on his Eagle Scout qualifications, also joined volunteer activities during the week.
About Devon Energy
Devon Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of natural gas and oil. The company's operations are focused onshore in the United States and Canada. In Wyoming, Devon has approximately 160 employees and operates primarily in four areas: The Powder River Basin, Wind River Basin, Big Horn Basin and Washakie Basin. One of the state's largest producers, Devon is committed to strong citizenship by investing in emergency response services, youth and education, the environment and civic causes. For more information, visit www.devonenergy.com .
About Wyoming Conservation Corps
Founded in 2006, the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) builds on the long legacy created by the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the Youth Conservation Corps of the 1970s. The WCC continues this legacy by carrying out the highest caliber of service for Wyoming’s public lands. The organization is part of the University of Wyoming and strives to instill the value of education into their students by providing class credits and extended learning opportunities throughout the program year. Participation in the WCC program provides members with an opportunity to learn firsthand the complexity involved with current natural resource management decisions in Wyoming.
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Buffalo Field Office 1425 Fort Street Buffalo, WY 82834
|Last updated: 08-23-2012|
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