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Release Date: 05/02/12
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BLM Utah's Jennifer Jones Named River Manager of the Year

Salt Lake City, UT - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah State Office is proud to announce that Jennifer Jones, an Outdoor Recreation Planner in the BLM Moab Field Office, was honored by the River Management Society as the 2012 River Manager of the Year.  The River Management Society is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to support those who study, protect, and manage North America’s rivers.  Rebecca Wodder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, presented Jones with the award at the River Management Society Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina.   
Jones is responsible for managing recreational access to the Colorado and Dolores rivers, which are enjoyed by over 500,000 public land visitors every year.  In addition to managing an intensive river program, Jones coordinates a cadre of volunteers who remove invasive vegetation and re-introduce native riparian plants.  She has been instrumental in developing a pilot program that aims to increase recreational river access to disabled veterans, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.  Jones also provides national-level leadership by traveling across the western United States to train BLM staff on recreational permitting.        
Jones and the rest of Utah BLM’s Recreation and Visitor Services Program regularly work with a wide variety of partners to provide the public with safe and high quality river recreation opportunities, including volunteers, permitted river guides and outfitters, local law enforcement agencies, Utah State Parks, the National Park Service, and the Utah Guides and Outfitters Association. 
River Recreation Opportunities in the BLM Moab Field Office:
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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: 05-03-2012