August 31, 2006
Contact: Mary L. Wilson
Lander Field Office Recognizes Volunteers
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office would like to thank all the volunteers that helped out this year. The Lander Field Office received over $40,000 in volunteer labor contributions for 2006. BLM volunteers helped make National Public Lands Day (NPLD) at the Lander Field Office a huge success. Over the August 4-6 weekend, volunteers assisted BLM in restoring the roof of a historic structure located on Green Mountain.
“This group of volunteers exceeded our expectations. Every last one of them displayed a positive attitude and a premium work ethic. Groups like this make volunteer projects successful and enjoyable for everyone involved,” said Lander Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf.
A unique aspect of this year’s NPLD project involved BLM’s partnership with the Congressional Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding youth, ages 16-23, who achieve pre-established service goals in the areas of volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Participants this year from the Congressional Awards Program include: Carly Temple (Rozet), David Zamora (Cheyenne), Kim Sanders (Gillette), Kit Washut (Casper), Matt Taylor (Cheyenne), and Victoria Anderson (Cheyenne). “The congressional awards program is a great source of young adult volunteer services. These young people work extremely hard and are a joy to work with,” said Oakleaf.
BLM would also like to recognize Casper residents Bill and Dorothy Maier for helping organize the NPLD project and Congressional Awards Participants. The Maiers also hosted a barbeque for all the volunteers. “Bill and Dorothy are great friends to BLM and the local communities. They truly are an inspiration to those of us involved in the public service sector,” Oakleaf noted.
Other volunteers BLM would like to recognize include: Andrew Chahrour (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania), Amy Zamora (Cheyenne), Arthur Washut (Casper), Benjamin Reckahn (Corfu, New York), Laurie Sain (Lander), and Stacey Marlatt (Flagstaff, Arizona).
BLM also thanks Jim and Gloria Doughty for over a decade of volunteer service. On May 10, 2006, Jim and Gloria Doughty received the 2005 Making a Difference National Volunteer Award in Washington DC. The Doughty’s are volunteer campground hosts at the Atlantic City and Big Atlantic Gulch Campgrounds and typically log over 2,080 hours of service annually. Volunteering for the BLM is a good way to learn about and enjoy your public lands. The BLM Lander Field Office invites any potential volunteers to give them a call at (307)332-8400.