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Release Date: 11/20/12
Contacts: Amy Krause , 202-912-7236  

BLM Presents Interpretation and Education Awards

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last week recognized outstanding BLM interpreters and educators at the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) National Workshop in Hampton, Virginia.



The BLM “Excellence in Interpretation or Education” Awards, presented at a November 15, 2012, ceremony, recognized outstanding BLM interpreters and educators for their work on employee-conducted programs that enhanced public appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural riches on our public lands, as well as management issues in the context of the BLM’s multiple-use mission. 


In presenting the awards, BLM Advisor to the Director, Aris Evia, said, “The BLM’s interpretive and educational programs encourage, engage and educate our nation’s youth, promoting healthy lifestyles, stewardship values, and interest in natural and cultural resource careers.  Interpretative specialists and educators are vital in helping the Bureau fulfill our multiple use mission – we couldn’t do it without them.”


The BLM’s 2012 “Excellence” award winners were:


GOLD AWARD winner: Margaret (Peggy) McGuckian, Archaeologist, Humboldt River Field Office, Nevada, for Lovelock Cave Days field trip for fourth grade students. 


SILVER AWARD winner: Leisyka Parrott, Interpretive Specialist, Arcata Field Office, California, for Ocean Day coordination and outreach to local schools.


SILVER AWARD winner: Terina Goicoechea, Fire Education and Mitigation Specialist, Western Montana District, Montana, for kindergarten- sixth grade fire education program. 


Each of this year’s winners has done exceptional work with partners and communities to create meaningful interpretive and/or educational experiences and materials for public land users.


The three winning BLM employees were selected by a review panel composed of both BLM staff and representatives from partner organizations, including the National Association for Interpretation.  BLM “Excellence” nominees were judged on the quality of their work, their ability to involve partners, their effectiveness in enhancing public understanding of cultural and natural resources, their programs’ or products’ accessibility and sensitivity to diverse audiences, and their efforts’ success in helping the BLM to accomplish its management goals.


The BLM awards were presented in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service’s “Gifford Pinchot Award,” the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s “Sense of Wonder Award,” the National Park Service’s “Freeman Tilden Award,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Hiram M. Chittenden Award,” and NAI’s “Master Front-Line Interpreter” and “Master Interpretive Manager” Awards.

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: 11-20-2012