LAST WEEK AT THE BLM: APRIL 7-11, 2014
Announcements, Events, and News
· On April 8, 2014, Neil Kornze was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the BLM Director. Kornze has led the BLM since March 1, 2013, as Principal Deputy Director, overseeing its conservation, outdoor recreation and energy development programs. Prior to this role, Kornze served as the BLM’s Acting Deputy Director for Policy and Programs since October 2011. BLM Director Kornze was sworn in by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on April 11, 2014. Read the press release.
· To advance landscape-scale, science-based management of America’s public lands and wildlife, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on April 10, 2014, released a strategy to implement mitigation policies and practices at the Department that can more effectively encourage infrastructure development while protecting natural and cultural resources. Read the press release.
· The Defenders of Wildlife Endangered Species Act Policy White Paper Series last week recognized the BLM’s Recovery Fund Initiative as one of three initiatives successfully promoting pragmatic and innovative solutions in meeting recovery goals and ultimately relieving the imperilment of federally listed species. Read the white paper, “Aiming to Succeed: Targeting funds to enhance endangered species recovery.”
Social Media Highlights
· In fiscal year 2013, over 30,000 volunteers contributed more than 1.15 million hours of service to the BLM. That time and energy is valued at $26 million (using the Independent Sector’s figure of $22.15 an hour for volunteer service) and is equivalent to 641 work years. This is a 22:1 return on investment on funds expended in BLM’s volunteer program. Last week, the BLM celebrated National Volunteer Week with a series of volunteer stories on the My Public Lands Tumblr.
BLM Daily (Internal News) Top Stories
·When the BLM’s Central Montana District Manager Stan Benes needed help clearing dangerous branches and trees at the remote Missouri River Campground, he found some uniquely qualified volunteers to do the job: the Missoula Smokejumpers. Led by 20-year veteran smokejumper and arbor specialist Boyd Burtch, the smokejumpers and BLM staff cleared nearly every tree of hazards. Read the story on the My Public Lands Tumblr
BLM Wyoming Assistant Field Manager Mike Phillips has received the prestigious Trail Boss Award from the Society for Range Management. Outgoing and incoming Northwest Council Representatives for the Wyoming Section of the SRM, Ray Gullion and Katie Schade, presented the award at a ceremony on March 21 at the BLM Worland Field Office. Read Mike’s story on the Department of the Interior’s web site, stories from the field.