Landscape Stewardship Certificates of Appreciation - 2008

THE PUBLIC LANDS FOUNDATION presents D. J. Palmer with a Landscape Stewardship Certificate of Appreciation and Citation.  The Foundation grants this recognition to honor private citizens and organizations who work to advance and sustain community-based stewardship on landscapes that include, in whole or in part, public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Candidates for the award include any private citizen or citizen group of the United States who, over the past 1-5 years, has demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership, vision, and purpose in contributing to BLM’s efforts and in motivating other citizens and institutions to work together to more effectively manage whole landscapes, including watersheds, planning or management units, and other land systems upon which people share a common interest.

In her nomination of D. J. Palmer, Rachel Tueller, Public Affairs Officer for BLM’s Cedar City office, detailed the contribution D. J. Palmer made.

D.J. Palmer spearheaded a highly efficient, effective and significant cleanup effort on  public lands in Beaver County, Utah. To earn his Boy Scout  Eagle Scout badge, Palmer sought an effort that would strengthen bonds between community members and civic groups while furthering education an on public lands. Palmer noticed a problem was growing with inappropriate dumping on public lands adjacent to the county’s dump site and wanted to do something about it. He knew this effort would not be a simple cleanup project, as the waste items included large, heavy objects such as tattered machinery, unwanted appliances as well as old, dilapidated cars.  Palmer’s vision expanded and he began approaching local businesses and county entities in order to garner their assistance in the spirit of a “good neighbor” effort. As a result of Palmer’s vision and long standing coordination efforts, the litter was transferred to the county landfill. For those participants, including volunteer Boy Scouts, county leaders and employees, and private business owners, Palmer’s leadership, coordination efforts and sheer enthusiasm to complete the effort and do something good for the community by improving public lands spoke volumes.

The Public Lands Foundation is pleased to present D. J. Palmer with this Citation and a Certificate of Appreciation for invaluable contributions to the stewardship of America’s public landscapes.

/s/ George Lea, Presideant