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2013 Partners in Conservation Winners

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell presented the 2013 "Partners in Conservation" Awards to three BLM-coordinated partnerships that have achieved exemplary conservation results through public-private cooperation and community engagement. The BLM awardees were among 17 award recipients representing more than 700 individuals and organizations from across the United States.

“The Department of the Interior is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who are innovating and collaborating in ways that address today’s complex conservation and stewardship challenges,” Secretary Jewell said at an awards ceremony at the Interior headquarters in Washington. “These partnerships represent the gold standard for how Interior is doing business across the nation to power our future, strengthen tribal nations, conserve and enhance America’s great outdoors and engage the next generation.”

The BLM's winners include:

Cienegas Partnership
Ciénega Watershed Partnership (Arizona): (L to R) Doug Duncan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Phil Rosen, University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources; Dr. Chandra Taylor-Smith, Vice President for Community Conservation and Education, National Audubon Society; Holly Hartmann, University of Arizona, Arid Lands Information Center; Shela McFarlin, Board Member, Ciénega Watershed PartnershipChristine In-Albon, Teacher, Empire High School; Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior Secretary; Gita Bodner, The Nature Conservancy; Karen Simms, BLM Assistant Field Manager, BLM Tucson Field Office; Steve Ellis, BLM Deputy Director for Operations; Neil Kornze, BLM Director.

Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative
Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (Utah): (L to R) Dr. Briget Tyson Eastep, Director, Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center, Southern Utah University; Seth Ohms, Internship Coordinator, Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center, Southern Utah University; Paul Roelandt, NPS Manager, Cedar Breaks National Monument; Carolyn Shelton, BLM Assistant Monument Manager, BLM Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior Secretary; Rosie Pepito, NPS Manager, Grand-Canyon Parashant National Monument; Steve Ellis, BLM Deputy Director for Operations; Neil Kornze, BLM Director.

Bootstraps Partnership

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension-Bootstraps Program (Nevada): (L to R) Neil Kornze, BLM Director; Mike Stamm, Bootstraps Project Manager, University of Nevada-Reno Cooperative Extension; Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior Secretary; Michael Vermeys, BLM Assistant Field Manager-Range/Renewable Resources, BLM Mount Lewis Field Office; Steve Ellis, BLM Deputy Director for Operations