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Release Date: 06/03/14
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The Bureau of Land Management Presents the 2014 "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards

The Bureau of Land Management today presented its prestigious “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:
  • Stan Shaw (Outstanding Achievement), Yuma Field Office, Arizona;
  • Mark Kreider (Outstanding Youth), Anchorage District Office, Alaska;
  • Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (Outstanding Youth), Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area, Florida;
  • 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.

BLM Arizona State Director Ray Suazo said: “We are honored in Arizona to have Stan Shaw working as a volunteer in the Long-Term Visitors Area in Quartzsite. He provides a great service to the public with his innovations and hard work.”

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.

 “We are fortunate to have wonderful volunteers in the BLM. Without question, our public lands and the people that use them are better off because of volunteer service,” Suazo said.

In Fiscal Year 2013, more than 30,000 volunteers served over 1.15 million hours to the BLM, the equivalent of 641 work years. That represents $26 million worth of service donated to the Bureau, a 22:1 return on investment.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 06-03-2014