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Release Date: 03/06/12
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Loxahatchee River Historical Society Wins Excellence Award For Partnership with BLM

Southeastern States Field Office Manager Bruce Dawson with Jamie Stuve of the Loxahatcheee River Historical Society after the partnership awards ceremony March  6.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern States Office is pleased to announce that the Loxahatchee River Historical Society of Jupiter, Florida, has been selected as the BLM’s 2012 “Public Lands Partnership Excellence” Award winner.  The biannual Excellence award recognizes an interpretive association or friends group that has a formal assistance agreement with the BLM and has demonstrated exceptional support for the BLM’s interpretive, educational, and/or public outreach programs.

“The Bureau of Land Management is very proud to be a part of such a great partnership doing great things,” said Bruce Dawson, Field Manager for the Southeastern States Field Office in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Loxahatchee River Historical Society has a long history with the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and an equally long history of accomplishments.  Founded in 1972 with the goal to preserve the area’s history and provide interpretive tours of the lighthouse when it was still under Coast Guard administration, the Society has been an active partner with the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ever since. The Society was instrumental in the effort to build community support for the site’s becoming part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) in 2008, at which time it was designated the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (JILONA) by Congress.

Through consistent public outreach efforts and active participation in key organizations at the local, State and national level, the Loxahatchee River Historical Society has enhanced visibility and understanding of the BLM, the NLCS, and JILONA in a part of the country that is largely unfamiliar with the BLM.

The awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 6, 2012 in conjunction with the 2012 national convention of the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL); APPL serves as an umbrella organization for the many interpretive associations and friends groups that work to foster stewardship and appreciation of Federal and State public lands and historic sites nationwide.

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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