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Release Date: 05/24/12
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BLM Honors Volunteers With 2012 "Making a Difference" National Awards

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today presented its prestigious “Making a Difference” National Volunteer Awards to four individuals, three couples, one group, and one BLM employee for outstanding volunteer service or volunteer leadership on BLM-managed lands.

BLM Director Bob Abbey and winners of the 2012 BLM National Volunteer Awards: 
Catherine Leonard; Dan Tangney representing East High School of Fortuna, California; Martha and Roland Mace; Pat Bruce; Marjorie and Craig Purdy; Martha Dickes; and David Hicks. For profiles and photos of the winners, select this link.
The “Making a Difference Award” is an annual award presented by the BLM that recognizes its most exceptional volunteers, whose efforts include trail repair, visitor services, habitat restoration, and many other duties. The award was presented to recipients at a recognition event hosted at the BLM’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The event included remarks from Bob Abbey, Director of the BLM, Carl Rountree, Assistant Director for the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System & Community Partnerships and Laura Davis, Chief of Staff for Secretary Salazar with the Department of the Interior.

BLM Director Bob Abbey expressed his appreciation for the volunteers’ hard work in helping the BLM fulfill its multiple-use mission. “Our volunteers give us confidence in a bright tomorrow and are an inspiration to us all. We are sincerely grateful for their efforts. ” Abbey said.  “I encourage everyone here to follow our honorees’ shining example of community service."

The volunteers selected for this year’s awards were: Roland and Martha Mace, Farmington field office, New Mexico (Lifetime Achievement); Catherine Leonard, Glennallen field office, Alaska; David Hicks, Tucson field office, Arizona; East High School, Arcata field office, California; Bill Baker, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument, California; Craig and Marjorie Purdy, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Montana; Pat Bruce, Black Rock field office, Nevada;  Sandra and Geoff Freethey, Moab field office, Utah; Martha “Marty” Dickes, Ridgecrest field office, California, is the winning BLM employee.

A national panel of BLM specialists and partner representatives selected the award winners from a record number of nominees submitted by BLM state offices.  The winners were selected for their exceptional contributions to conservation and management on public lands.

In Fiscal Year 2011 alone, more than 30,000 volunteers contributed over 1.2 million hours of their time in assisting the BLM. That’s equivalent to the work of more than 690 full-time employees.

Profiles and Photos of the Volunteer Award Winners

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: 05-25-2012