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Release Date: 11/07/12
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BLM Cody's Gretchen Hurley Receives National Service Award

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Geologist Gretchen Hurley of the Cody Field Office (CYFO) has received the prestigious BLM Director’s Spirit of Service Award. BLM Acting Director Mike Pool presented the award to Hurley at a ceremony on October 25 in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. awards ceremony.
At the Washington D.C. awards ceremony (L to R): Acting Assistant Secretary for Land & Minerals Management Marcilynn Burke, Gretchen Hurley, Acting BLM Director Mike Pool, Acting BLM Deputy Director Neil Kornze.
Cody Assistant Field Manager Fred McDonald, Hurley, and Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart.
Cody Assistant Field Manager Fred McDonald, Hurley, and Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart.
The Director’s Spirit of Service Award is dedicated to the memory of former BLM Wyoming State Director Robert Bennett, who demonstrated a spirit of service that exemplified his approach to life, people and work. The award, presented to one individual nationwide each year, recognizes an employee for superior service and whose accomplishments have demonstrated a pattern of excellence.

“I am proud and humbled to receive this award,” said Hurley. “It reminds me of the importance of representing a team and the importance of the work we do to conserve public land resources for the whole nation. It was truly a team effort.”

Hurley has been employed by the BLM for 14 years and is the CYFO lead for the geology and paleontology programs. She works closely with bentonite and oil and gas operators, paleontology researchers and the State of Wyoming. She conducts frequent public lectures and discussions to share information and to encourage the enjoyment of the geological and paleontological resources found on public lands.

“Gretchen’s energy and work ethic are boundless,” said BLM Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart. “She is always working hard and taking on new projects with an unwavering positive attitude. We are very proud that Gretchen was selected to receive this national award.”

Hurley is very active in the community as well as within her profession. From 2002-2010, she served on the Wyoming State Board of Professional Geologists, the state’s professional geologist licensing board, protecting professional integrity and public health and safety relative to licensing of geologists practicing before the public. She served as chairman of this board from 2008-2009.

For more information, please contact the CYFO at 307-578-5900.

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: 11-07-2012