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Release Date: 09/30/10
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BLM Director Presents Secretarial "Partners in Conservation" Awards to Four Agency-Led Partnerships

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today at a special ceremony, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey presented Secretarial “Partners in Conservation” Awards to four outstanding BLM-coordinated partnerships:  Modoc County, California; the BLM National Riparian Service Team; the Native Fish Conservation and Restoration Partnership; and the Seeds of Success Partnership.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Partners in Conservation Awards honor external and internal agency partnerships that promote the conservation of America’s cherished landscapes, preserve natural and cultural resources, bring innovative approaches to resource management, and engage diverse entities—including youth— in accomplishing the mission of the Department of the Interior. The “external” award category recognizes cooperative achievements between Department agencies and outside entities, while the “internal” category recognizes Department employees, teams, and organizations that have worked to build capacity and to create a culture of collaboration within the Department. Across Interior’s eight agencies, 24 conservation partnerships were selected for recognition in 2010.

Representatives from the winning partnerships were hosted by Director Abbey and other senior BLM leadership at a private luncheon followed by a presentation ceremony at the Theodore Roosevelt Federal Building. In conferring the awards, Director Abbey remarked, “The Partners in Conservation Awards recognize that our greatest conservation legacies often emerge when diverse stakeholders, agencies, and citizens come together to address shared challenges and to act on a mutual commitment to conservation and community. As Americans, we want to be proud of not only what we do in 10 years, but 100 years from now. Our winning partnerships are an inspiration to us all, and we are grateful for the efforts of the participants.” Mike Pool, BLM Deputy Director, also spoke at the ceremony.

The BLM’s 2010 “Partners in Conservation” honorees are profiled in the paragraphs below.
Photos from the event are available at this link. 

Modoc County, California
Modoc County, California, has enhanced 6.5 million acres of public lands through its Sage Steppe Ecosystem Restoration Strategy, a local/Federal partnership dedicated to environmental restoration and ecosystem health. The Strategy employs a landscape-level, vegetative management approach to reduce encroachment of western juniper into the sagebrush-grassland ecosystem of northeast California and northwest Nevada, thus improving plant diversity and conserving the land for wildlife habitat and other purposes.
BLM National Riparian Service Team
The National Riparian Service Team brings diverse communities and organizations together to protect and enhance stream corridors and wetlands throughout the West. By creating partnerships through joint training and knowledge sharing, the Team fosters common understanding and cooperation in order to improve and maintain riparian resources. In keeping with its mission, “Healthy Streams through Bringing People Together,” the Team has achieved an unprecedented amount of outreach and education across a wide geographic area. The national group is based in Prineville, Oregon, and consists of representatives from the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other agencies.
Native Fish Conservation and Restoration Partnership
Through the Native Fish Conservation and Restoration Partnership, indigenous fish and critical aquatic habitats have been restored and protected within the 1.4 million acres of public lands managed by BLM-Arizona’s Safford District Office. Numerous individuals and organizations have contributed to the construction of nonnative fish barriers, reintroduction of native species, and continual monitoring. The partnership has created a unified vision to leverage scarce resources and apply innovative approaches to fish and aquatic habitat management.    
Seeds of Success Partnership
The Seeds of Success Partnership is a national wildland seed collection network of 39 organizations that have created over 9,000 collections representing more than 3,000 species of wildland native seeds. The collections provide a hedge against native plant loss from climate change and help to ensure that iconic American species and their plant communities are preserved for future generations. The partnership works under the umbrella of the Congressional National Native Plant Materials Development Program. 

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: 10-06-2010