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Awards from Hunting and 
Fishing Expo.

Receiving award.

From left to right is Walt Gasson, WY Wildlife Federation (sponsor of the award); BLM employee, Jennifer Yearout, Jerry Galles; WY Game & Fish Commissioner.

Smokey visiting children.

Smokey visiting children 
at the Expo.

NHTIC and Pony Express booth.

NHTIC and Pony Express outdoor booth at the Expo.

High Plains District Honored for 2010 Outstanding Indoor Exhibit Award

The BLM Casper Field Office (CFO) was awarded the 2010 Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Expo Outstanding Indoor Exhibit Award sponsored by the Wyoming Wildlife Federation.

The award went to the BLM Casper Field Office display featuring Smokey Bear. The booth gave visitors the opportunity to learn about the function and purpose of the BLM including current projects and activities in Wyoming. Visitors were also provided the opportunity to explore hands-on education resources and have their photo taken with Smokey Bear.

Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal presented the award to BLM at the volunteer appreciation barbeque. CFO Legal Intruments Examiner Jennifer Yearout who volunteered her time at the BLM booth was present to receive the award.

The Wyoming Hunting & Fishing Heritage Expo (Expo), hosted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), is a statewide annual event open to the public. The Expo celebrates Wyoming’s diverse wild lands and wildlife with exhibitors from over 150 businesses, agencies and organizations. In 2010, the Expo was held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday September 9 -11 to allow schools two school day options and a public day on Saturday.

Smokey Bear was on hand at the CFO booth for over seven visits throughout the show to take pictures with Expo attendees. Along with visits from Smokey the BLM booth offered a wildlife hide and skull identification kit for youth, activity books about preserving your public lands, Take it Outside information, and Smokey Bear materials.

Kids could also head outside and explore life as a pioneer child with games and clothing at the National Historic Trail Interpretive Center (NHTIC) outdoor booth. Children could try on pioneer clothing and play different games and activities such as lawn darts, gunny sack races, and cup and ball toss. Kids could also try out the game of graces, a popular activity for young girls in the early 1800s. Graces is played with two people and each person gets two dowel rods, Players toss the hoop back and forth using the rods. The winner is the player who catches the hoop ten times first.

NHTIC volunteers dressed up in pioneer clothing to interact with children and brought many other display items such as Dutch ovens, pioneer dresses, quilts, etc. that were very popular with the kids.

NHTIC also sponsored Pony Express demonstration riders to explain to kids how the Pony Express operated in the West and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express.

When the kids were done at the outdoor booth they could head over to the Trails Center for a free tour. Over 30 classrooms visited the center during the Expo.

BLM reached over 12,000 people over three days including 5,000 kids. The event was a big success for the Wyoming Game and Fish, BLM, and all the partners involved.

High Plains District Manager Stephanie Connolly noted to her employees that, "Your efforts allowed Wyoming BLM to shine and it was because of your commitment to sharing public lands information with our communities, that BLM received this award."

Last updated: 12-22-2010