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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 10/28/11
Contacts: Megan Crandall    

BLM Director Bob Abbey Presents Special Awards
to Agency Employees for Public Service

Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey today presented the second annual BLM Director’s Awards to agency employees for exceptional public service.

BLM Director Bob Abbey presents the Director’s Award to Mike Abel, Director of BLM’s  National Historic Trails Center.
BLM Director 
Bob Abbey presents 
the Director’s Award 
to Mike Abel, Director 
of BLM’s National 
Historic Trails Center.
“People are the BLM’s most valuable asset, and these awardees set superior examples for all of us to follow,” said Abbey. “These awards recognize outstanding leadership, successful stewardship, collaborative efforts, and innovative approaches that are helping the BLM pursue our goal of becoming the premier natural and cultural resources management agency in all of the government.”

The awardees are:

Doug Burger, Pecos District Office, BLM-New Mexico, recipient of the Director’s Excellence through Leadership Award: Mr. Burger has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the development and implementation of Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs), which are formal agreements that address the conservation needs of animals before they become listed as endangered or threatened species. Mr. Burger’s work with CCAs has brought together government, industry, ranching, and conservation interests to protect and restore habitat for many of New Mexico’s at-risk species.

Jim Stovall, Carlsbad Field Office, BLM-New Mexico, recipient of the Director’s Excellence through Stewardship Award: As the Carlsbad Field Office Manager, Mr. Stovall has been instrumental in making progress toward resolution of a long-standing dispute between the potash and the oil and gas industries in southeastern New Mexico. Legal conflicts over development of the mineral resources in the 497,000-acre Secretary’s Potash Area resulted from unique geology that supports both oil and gas and potash. Despite differences between the parties, Mr. Stovall used his exceptional leadership skills to manage the emotions associated with the conflict and to promote the area’s multiple-use possibilities.

Lillian Robinson, Southwest Equal Employment Opportunity Zone, BLM-Arizona and BLM-New Mexico; Angelita Bulletts, Phoenix District, BLM-Arizona; and Steven Cohn, Hassayampa Field Office, BLM-Arizona, recipients of the Director’s Diversity Award: Ms. Robinson, Ms. Bullets, and Mr. Cohn have made significant contributions toward promoting, supporting, and achieving diversity in Arizona and across the Bureau. Their teamwork and collective accomplishments have enhanced diversity and inclusion while planting the seeds for future success.

Scott Uhrig, Twin Falls District Office, BLM-Idaho, recipient of the Director’s Spirit of Service Award: As Supervisor of the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) Program for the Twin Falls District, Mr. Uhrig has created high-quality ES&R plans after fire events. Mr. Uhrig also works with the Department of Agriculture and local counties to administer weed-control contracts throughout the large district, where he devotes time to assisting with national and local seed buys for the ES&R program.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, BLM-Wyoming, recipient of the Director’s Team Accomplishment Award: Through extensive community partnerships and volunteer contributions, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHITC) brings Western history to life through the cultural interpretation of America’s westward expansion during the 1800s. Over the past two years, the NHITC successfully promoted public understanding of America’s Native American cultures and the historic westward expansion while also highlighting the BLM’s role as stewards of America’s public lands.

BLM-Alaska, recipient of the Director’s Safety Award: Through a proactive approach in creating a safe and healthful workplace, the BLM’s Alaska State Office contributed to a decline in the state’s accident/illness rate in Fiscal Year 2011. Over the past fiscal year, all Alaska field offices conducted intensive one- to two-week field safety training “boot camps” to provide the training needed to send employees into the field to perform their seasonal work. The state safety office also invested a significant amount of time and funding into training, certifying, and equipping a new Alaska State Office Collateral Duty Safety Officer to perform wilderness first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) training in-house.

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: 10-28-2011