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September 28, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
4000 (220) P
Information Bulletin No. 2010-124
To:                   All Field Officials
                        Attention: DSDs for Resources
From:               Division Chief, Rangeland Resources
Subject:           Nominations for Rangeland Management Specialist Recognition Award
                                                                                                                        DD: 12/03/2010
This Information Bulletin (IB) serves to inform field, district, and state offices of the opportunity to nominate one deserving Rangeland Management Specialist (RMS) from your state to recognize their service in 2010.  Each award recipient will receive up to $600 from the Division of Rangeland Resources (WO 220) for travel and registration to support their attendance at the 64th Annual Meeting and Trade Show for the Society for Range Management (SRM) in Billings, Montana, held February 6–10, 2011. Recipients will be recognized at the annual meeting during the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reception, Sunday, February 6, 2010, from 7–10 p.m.  A BLM workshop will also be held, Wednesday February 9, 2011, in conjunction with the professional society meetings, expanding the opportunity for BLM employees to participate in education, professional development, and networking. The Rangeland Resources Division’s annual program offers professional development opportunities and recognition of service to a deserving RMS from each state. For more information about the meeting, please visit the website at:  http://www.rangelands.org/billings2011/.
Each state may nominate ONE INDIVIDUAL as deserving of recognition for 2010, and forward that nomination to WO-220.  The division is hopeful that up to 10 individuals will be nominated to attend the SRM meeting.  Nominated individuals do not need to be SRM members to qualify for the recognition award. Each nominated RMS must have supervisor approval to attend the meeting and must secure funding (beyond the award amount) to cover the balance of any travel expenses.  Criteria for recognition of service includes: work accomplishments, work ethic, communication skills, and/or professionalism on the job. Award recipients may also be outstanding entry-level employees, and individual states are free to determine the basis for their selection. A WO-220 charge code will be provided to each nominated RMS.  
When submitting nominations, State Range Program Leads are asked to: 1) ensure that each nominated specialist meets the stated criteria, 2) provide the name, title, office, and contact information for each state-nominated specialist; and, 3) include a signed letter from the individual’s supervisor addressing the basis for nomination to the BLM-SRM liaison by Friday, December 3, 2010. 
In past years, only one individual in the nation was selected to attend the SRM annual meeting. However, over the past four years, the BLM has sought nominations from each state to permit multiple employees to attend who either had provided exemplary service through their local on-the-ground achievements, or were promising individuals deserving of an outstanding professional development opportunity and recognition of their hard work.  Because most states provided nominations, it resulted in increased BLM attendance at the international meeting and greater appreciation from the recipients for the opportunity to attend and learn. The division supports this approach again this year.  This IB is in compliance with Instruction Memorandum (IM 2007-131) on Membership and Participation in Professional Organizations, Associations, and Societies. 
Please direct any questions or nomination information to Linda Coates-Markle, BLM Liaison to the Society for Range Management, Division of Rangeland Resources (WO 220) at
303-986-3309 or lcmarkle@blm.gov.
Signed by:                                                       Authenticated by:
Robert D. Roudabush                                      Robert M. Williams
Division Chief                                                  Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Rangeland Resources

Last updated: 10-01-2010