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2009 Department of the Interior 
Partners in Conservation Awards

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar with BLM Partners in Conservation Award Winners

Secretary Ken Salazar, third from left, presents The Bayhorse Mining District Cooperative Conservation Partnership’s award to Bob Meinen of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.  Joining them from left to right are:  Mike Pool, Acting Director, Bureau of Land Management; Ned Farquhar, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management; and Janet Gallimore, Phil Barbarick, and David Rosenkrance of BLM.


On May 7, 2009, four BLM partner organizations and one BLM employee received the prestigious Department of the Interior “Partners in Conservation” Award in recognition of their collaborative achievements in the field of conservation.


The winning BLM partnerships, programs, and projects are:

Bayhorse Mining District Cooperative Conservation Partnership, ID, for efforts toward remediation of mining-related hazards in the Bayhorse Mining District and for providing positive recreation experiences for visitors.

Milford Flat Fire Restoration Project, UT, for stabilization, rehabilitation, and restoration of 202,000 acres of burned mixed-ownership lands, as well as post-treatment monitoring.

Weaverville Community Forest, CA, for transforming 1,000 acres of BLM public lands into an actively managed forest now utilized by the local community.

West Eugene Wetlands Partnership, OR, for sustaining biological communities on Interior-managed lands and waters and for protecting cultural and natural heritage resources.


The winning BLM employee, Glenn Harkleroad of the BLM-Coos Bay District Office (OR), was recognized for fostering successful public-private partnerships to accomplish on-the-ground restoration and enhancement projects.


At a ceremony in the Department of the Interior’s Yates Auditorium, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recognized more than 600 diverse organizations and individuals from both the private and public sectors for their efforts to conserve and restore treasured landscapes, help wildlife thrive, address water issues, and forge solutions to complex natural resource challenges. 


Sec. Salazar remarked, “These awards represent the dedicated and tireless efforts of people from all walks of life from across our nation.  They share a deep commitment to conservation and community.  Today, we celebrate their accomplishments and ask them to join us in a new era of conservation, an era that I hope will rival those of Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and John Kennedy.  They are an inspiration to us all, and we are grateful for their efforts.  In coming years, we will have many days like today to celebrate successful partnerships rooted in a common purpose for conservation.”


For profiles of BLM’s 2009 Partners in Conservation Award honorees, please click here.