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Release Date: 02/10/11
Contacts: Serena Baker    

WLCI Coordinator Chosen Outstanding Public Lands Professional

Renee Dana , the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) Coordinator, has been chosen as the Outstanding Public Lands Professional in a Technical or Operational Field for 2010, by the Public Lands Foundation (PLF).

Renee Dana.
Renee Dana.
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Henri Bisson, PLF President; Renee Dana, WLCI Coordinator; BLM Director Bob Abbey;  & George Lea, President Emeritus, PLF.
Henri Bisson, PLF President; Renee Dana, WLCI Coordinator; BLM Director Bob Abbey;  & George Lea, President Emeritus, PLF.
Ms. Dana is being recognized for her outstanding professional performance addressing issues and actions involving varied Greater Sage-grouse habitats in southwest Wyoming. She is also being praised for her exemplary vision and foresight in effectively dealing with significant public land resource challenges; as well as exhibiting personal courage, risk taking, and making tough, controversial decisions favoring long-term land conservation and protection.

According to PLF President Henri Bisson, “Ms. Dana inspires other entities to work towards common goals for not only WLCI, but also in concert with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act’s multiple-use philosophy. She is a sought after advisor. Due to her leadership, WLCI has become the model for landscape level partnerships to be used elsewhere.”

Known as a hard-working, humble public servant, upon hearing of the honor, Ms. Dana reacted, “I was speechless, surprised, and truly honored. Knowing the caliber of candidates nominated humbles me. It is a very welcome and wonderful award.”

This is the twenty-second year the PLF has bestowed the honor considered its “Hall of Fame” recognition, and the hallmark of a professional land manager’s willingness to chart new direction in protecting and enhancing natural resources. As a recipient, Ms. Dana’s name will be permanently inscribed on the "Hall of Fame Award" plaque at BLM Headquarters in Washington, D. C.

The Public Lands Foundation will present the award to Ms. Dana on Friday, Feb. 11, at a special ceremony in the BLM Director's Office in Washington, D.C. The public is invited to view a live video feed of the ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m. (MST) in the BLM Rock Springs Field Office Pilot Butte Conference Room.

In addition to leading the WLCI Coordination Team for the last four years, Ms. Dana has also worked as a Surface Compliance Specialist, now known as a Natural Resource Specialist, Acting Branch Chief, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator, and District Planning Coordinator during her nearly four decades of service to BLM.

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: 02-11-2011