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November 4, 2011
In Reply Refer To:
8300 (250) P
Information Bulletin No. 2012-008
To:                   All State Directors
                        Attn:    All Associate State Directors
                                    All State Recreation Leads
                                    All State Monument Managers
                                    All State Partnership Coordinators
                                    All State NLCS Program Leads
From:               Division Chief, Recreation and Visitor Services
Subject:           Bureau of Land Management’s Participation in Partners Outdoors 2012
DD: 12/01/2011
This Information Bulletin (IB) announces the Partners Outdoors 2012 Annual Workshop scheduled for January 8-11, 2012, at Kingsmill Resort and Conference Center (www.kingsmill.com/meetings/) in Williamsburg, VA, and solicits the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) participation. The BLM contingent usually includes the Director and/or Deputy Director and representatives from the Division of Recreation and Visitor Services, Office of the National Landscape Conservation System, and each BLM State organization. 

Each state director is invited to nominate one individual from their state to attend Partners Outdoors 2012. The Nomination Package Submission and Checklist form, Attachment 1, should be used to submit the nomination. This package should include the nominee’s name, title, office, address, phone number, email address, an informal head and shoulders photograph (preferably taken in an outdoor setting), a brief (not to exceed one-half page) biography suitable for publication in the Workshop’s program, and whether or not the nominee has previously participated in Partners Outdoors. The package should also provide the name of the nominee’s supervisor as this information is required to complete Training Form SF-182, which is used in the procurement process. Attachment 1 is structured as a convenient checklist to verify all the required information is included.

The nomination package should be submitted electronically byDecember 01, 2011, to Kevin Chesley at email: Kevin_Chesley@blm.gov

The Division of Recreation and Visitor Services (WO-250) will pay the tuition fee ($495.00) for the Washington Office participants and one representative from each state. The tuition fee includes all materials, meals and group transportation offered in conjunction with the Partners Outdoors 2012 Workshop. All other travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant’s home office. The planned BLM attendance is 15 employees.
The Partners Outdoors program was initiated in 1992 to bring together leaders from Federal recreation-providing agencies and the recreation industry to accomplish two goals: (1) to reinforce an awareness of shared customers and interdependence of the public and private sectors; and (2) to encourage partnership-based actions to better serve recreation visitors to public lands. Major actions have occurred as direct outgrowths of Partners Outdoors meetings; dozens of other advances have developed as participants have maintained contact long after the formal sessions adjourned. Specific accomplishments of the Partners Outdoors program are listed in Attachment 2.
The BLM annually participates in the Partners Outdoors Workshop along with the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), the Recreation Roundtable, the National Park Service, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Federal Highway Administration.
Attachment 3 describes the theme of Partners Outdoors 2012 along with information about participation, accommodations, transportation, displays, outcomes and attire. Using the participant list provided by the BLM, the ARC will make all initial lodging reservations. Participants should not contact the hotel about room reservations until after they are contacted by the ARC with instructions to call the hotel to finalize their room reservation with a credit card.
In addition to listing the agenda and biographical information about each participant, the Partners Outdoors 2012 notebook will contain literature germane to the Partners Outdoors Workshop theme. The BLM participants are encouraged to submit material for inclusion in the notebook. The submission process involves first contacting the ARC to describe the material. Upon receiving ARC approval to include the material in the Partners Outdoors 2012 notebook, please provide 150 copies, three-hole punched, directly to the ARC at its Washington office. Photocopied material should be printed double-sided when possible.
The preliminary program is provided in Attachment 4. All nominees will receive an updated draft agenda to help them make the necessary travel arrangements. The final agenda will be included in the participant notebook provided during onsite registration.
This IB was coordinated with the ARC, the Recreation Roundtable, the Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, and the Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Chesley, Division of Recreation and Visitor Services, at 202-912-7254, or by email Kevin_Chesley@blm.gov
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Andy Tenney                                                                Robert M. Williams
Division Chief                                                               Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Recreation and Visitor Services
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Last updated: 11-09-2011