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High Desert District and Wind River/Big Horn Basin District
Release Date: 08/19/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory, 307-315-0612    
  Sarah Beckwith, 307-347-5207    

Oregon-California Trails Association
Presents Awards to BLM Wyoming Archaeologists

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming archaeologists were awarded the Oregon-California Trails Association’s (OCTA) highest honor for non-members, the Distinguished Service Award, at its national convention in Rock Springs, Wyo. on Aug. 10.

Archaeologists Lynn Harrell, Kemmerer Field Office, Sam Drucker and Dave Crowley, Pinedale Field Office, and Craig Bromley, Lander Field Office, were recognized for their outstanding service related to the preservation of national historic trails. Crowley was further recognized for his work on the preservation of the Lander Road which included the development of a mitigation agreement that resulted in the acquisition of the New Fork River crossing site in Sublette County, Wyo.

In response to receiving the award, Crowley stated, “It’s a representation of all the hard work being done by archaeologists around the state and I’m honored.” Drucker added, “We usually operate behind the scenes, so it’s gratifying when our work is recognized.”

Wyoming contains the longest and most intact segments of the National Historic Trails System in the nation. “Protecting the trails and their historic settings on public lands where multiple uses occur takes dedication and ingenuity,” said Lander Field Manager Rick Vander Voet. “The BLM is proud of the tireless work of these individuals.”

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 08-19-2011