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Release Date: 05/17/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

BLM Employee Robin Nelson Receives 2013 Smokey Bear Bronze Award

Robin Nelson, geographic information specialist from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Plains District Office was presented with a national Bronze Smokey Bear Award on May 16 at the Casper Field Office.

 Robin Nelson receiving the 2013 Smokey Bear Bronze Award from BLM Director Don Simpson. 
Robin Nelson receiving the 2013 Smokey Bear Bronze Award from BLM Director Don Simpson.

Robin Nelson and retired Casper teach Betty Walters.
Robin Nelson and retired Casper teach Betty Walters.

Local Congressional Representatives, fire officials, teachers, retired and current BLM employees, the news media, and Nelson’s family and friends were on hand to help Nelson celebrate this national honor.

The Bronze Smokey Bear Award is the highest honor given for wildfire service on the state level, and is reserved for people or organizations that provide sustained, outstanding service in wildfire prevention.

Wyoming BLM State Director Don Simpson presented Nelson with the Bronze Smokey Award. “Very few children growing up in Casper do not benefit from Nelson’s efforts in bringing Smokey and his message to the schools.” noted Simpson. “She has had a lasting and positive impact on the children of Casper, Wyo.”

Awarded by the Cooperative Forest Preventions Program Committee, and sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council; this prestigious award recognizes Nelson for over 27 years of educating local children about fire prevention.

Fire prevention activities occur year-round, throughout the HPD and surrounding communities, to educate the public on wildfire ignitions, unwanted human-caused wildfire prevention and protection of homes and property against wildfire. The Smokey Bear Program is a key fire prevention and education program for the local school children in Casper, Wyo.

Every year Nelson dedicates countless hours during fire prevention month to educating the preschoolers and kindergartners of Casper about fire prevention. She has touched the lives of over 20,000 kids throughout her career which began in1985.

“I am always meeting someone from the community that says aren’t you the Smokey lady,” noted Robin Nelson.

Nelson has dedicated thousands of hours to Smokey’s fire prevention program. Her impact to the children of Casper has spread throughout the community and many of those first children she touched through her efforts are today leading our communities as adults.

For more information about the national Bronze Smokey Bear Award, visit

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.

Last updated: 05-20-2013