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WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240-0036
December 13, 2012
In Reply Refer To:
8300 (250) P
Information Bulletin No. 2013-022
To:                   All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
                        Attn:    All State Recreation Leads
From:               Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject:           Bureau of Land Management's Participation in Partners Outdoors 2013 Annual Workshop                   DD: 01/08/2013
This Information Bulletin announces the Partners Outdoors 2013 Annual Workshop scheduled for Febuary19-21, 2013, at The National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV (http://nctc.fws.gov/) and solicits the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) participation. 
Each state director is invited to nominate one individual from their state to attend Partners Outdoors 2013. The Nomination Package Submission and Checklist form, Attachment 1, should be used for submitting the nomination.  This package should include the nominee’s name, title, office, address, phone number, e-mail 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 for completing the training form (SF-182) 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 by January 8, 2013, to Kevin Chesley at e-mail: KChesley@blm.gov.
The Recreation and Visitor Services Division (WO-250) will pay the tuition fee ($195.00) for the Washington Office participants and one representative from each state. The tuition fee includes all materials, offered in conjunction with the Partners Outdoors 2013 Workshop. All travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant’s home office. 
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) reinforce an awareness of shared customers and interdependence of the public and private sectors, and (2) encourage partnership-based actions to better serve recreation visitors to public lands. Major actions have occurred as direct outgrowths of Partners Outdoors meetings and 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 American Recreation Coalition (ARC), Recreation Roundtable, National Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation and Federal Highway Administration. Less than 15 BLM employees will attend the Partners Outdoors 2013 Annual Workshop.
Attachment 3 describes the theme of Partners Outdoors 2013 along with information about participation, accommodations, transportation, displays, outcomes and attire. Using the participant list provided by the BLM, then 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.
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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Chesley, Division of Recreation and Visitor Services, at 202-912-7254, or by e-mail KChesley@blm.gov.
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson                                                      Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                        Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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Last updated: 12-18-2012