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April 6, 2007
In Reply Refer To:
8300 (250) P
Information Bulletin No. 2007-069
To:                   All State Directors and Assistant Directors
                        Attention: WO Division Chiefs and State Recreation Leads
From:               Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning     
Subject:            Call for Nominations for the 2007 American Recreation Coalition Beacon Awards and the Bureau of Land Management 2007 Legends Honoree      DD: 04/20/2007      
Program Area(s):  Recreation, Travel, Tourism and Visitor Services.
Purpose:  This Information Bulletin invites each State Director, Center Director, and WO Assistant Director to make nominations for two separate American Recreation Coalition (ARC) awards that will be presented during Great Outdoors Week in June 2007. These awards are the Beacon Award, which recognizes innovation in the use of technology in visitor services and recreation management, and the Legends Award, which recognizes an outstanding Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee for increasing recreation opportunities and participation. The ARC will present the Beacon and Legends Awards at special events in Washington, D.C., during Great Outdoors Week, June 11-15, 2007. The honorees will also be invited to attend many other events held during Great Outdoors Week. 
Policy/Action:  Each BLM State Office, Center and WO Assistant Directorate is invited to make one nomination each for the ARC Beacon Award and the BLM Legends Award and to submit their nominations to the Division of National Recreation and Visitor Services (WO-250).
Timeframe:  Nominations for each award should be submitted by April 20, 2007. The ARC will select the Beacon Award honorees by May 15, 2007. The BLM will select the BLM Legends Award Honoree by May 1, 2007.
Background: On March 6, 2007, the American Recreation Coalition President, Derrick Crandall, formally invited BLM participation in the annual awards programs conducted as part of Great Outdoors Week. BLM began participating in the Legends Awards program in 1991 and in the Beacon Awards program in 2006. The list of past BLM recipients for both awards is included in Attachments 1 and 2.
The BLM’s Division of Recreation and Visitor Services will coordinate the awards nomination process. Attachments 3 and 4 provide the details and nomination criteria for the Beacon and Legends Awards. Each BLM State Director, Center Director, and WO Assistant Director may submit one nomination for each award to the Division of National Recreation and Visitor Services (WO-250).
The nomination packet must include either the project title (Beacon Award) or the nominees name (Legends Award) along with contact information to include the address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address together with a narrative addressing the four ARC criteria for the appropriate award. Both narratives should also include a concise summary paragraph to be used by the ARC to prepare the award citation. Attachment 5, the package submitted for the 2006 BLM Legends Honoree, serves as an example of a nomination package.
Budget Impact:  BLM Legends Award honorees residing outside the Washington, D.C. metro area are provided one week of travel expenses and per diem. The BLM Legends Award honoree is also invited to be accompanied by his/her guest.   The Division of Recreation and Visitor Services will cover all the travel expenses of the BLM’s Legends honoree and guest. No similar funding is provided for Beacon Award recipient travel expenses.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  None.
Coordination:  Beacon Awards – The BLM may make a maximum of two nominations. A BLM interdisciplinary team will be established to review all of the BLM’s nominees. The team will recommend up to two Beacon Award nominees to the Chief, Division of Recreation and Visitor Service who will then forward the recommendations to the ARC. Final selection of honorees will be done by a special panel assembled by ARC. The BLM Beacon Award Honorees will be invited to make presentations to agency, Congressional, and recreation community officials during Great Outdoors Week (June 11–15, 2007).
Legends Award – One BLM Legends Honoree is named annually to receive this prestigious award. An interdisciplinary team will be established to review all of the BLM’s nominees. The team will recommend a BLM honoree to the Chief, Division of Recreation and Visitor Services, who will forward the recommendation to the Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning (AD-200) for final approval. AD-200 will then notify ARC of the name of the 2007 honoree. The 2007 BLM Legends Honoree will be recognized during the Recreation Exchange luncheon on June 12, 2007 in Washington, D.C.

Contact:  Please submit the completed nomination packets for both awards by April 20, 2007, providing the documentation listed in the Background section above. Send the complete nomination packets for each award to Hal Hallett, Division of Recreation and Visitor Services (WO-250), 1849 C Street, N.W., MS 302 LS, Washington, D.C. 20240; by E-mail, Hal_Hallett@blm.gov; or by fax at (202) 452-7709. You may also call Hal at (202) 452-7794 for more information.
Signed by:                                                                   
Authenticated by:
Don Glenn                                                                   
Robert M. Williams
Acting, Deputy Assistant Director                                
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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