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Release Date: 01/12/12
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BLM Colorado Associate State Director presents the State Director’s Excellence Award to the West Region Wildfire Council (01-12-12)

MONTROSE, Colo. - On Thursday, Jan. 12, John Mehlhoff, Bureau of Land Management Colorado associate state director, presented the State Director’s Excellence through Leadership Award to the West Region Wildfire Council.

The award recognized service to government through demonstrated leadership performed by any individual, organization or group that is internal or external to BLM Colorado.

The West Region Wildfire Council supports efforts to develop and implement plans to mitigate the threat of catastrophic wildland fire to communities and natural resources in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.  The West Region Wildfire Council also promotes information sharing and collaboration between local communities and state and federal fire managers for fuels management, wildfire suppression, enhancing capability, planning and collaboration. 

“The West Region Wildfire Council has made a positive impact in the region through their innovative approaches to resolving wildfire risks to the community,” said BLM Colorado State Director Helen Hankins. “I am pleased to recognize them for their incredible efforts.”

Members of the organization completed  several projects including leading the effort to complete county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plans  for Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. Additionally, they have provided funds to assist private land owners with wildfire mitigation projects on more than 70 acres in 2011 and are working with local fire districts to complete community specific county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plans  in the six county region.

To learn more about the West Region Wildfire Council, contact Lilia Colter at 970-249-8407, ext. 125.

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.

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Last updated: 01-12-2012