Public Lands Foundation

In 1989, the PLF decided to encourage and recognize the exceptional and outstanding work of BLM employees through a nomination process by their supervisors and peers. An annual Professional Manager Award was established. This was followed by an annual Posthumous Distinguished Honor Award in 1993 and a Professional Technician Award in 1995. In 2000, the Posthumous Distinguished Honor Award criteria was expanded to allow consideration of living retired BLM employees, and the name of the award was changed to Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. Special awards are granted for exceptional displays of performance.

Award Criteria

Lifetime Service Award

  • Purpose

    This award is given by the Public Lands Foundation for the purpose of perpetuating and enhancing the proud tradition of dedicated public service in the BLM’s stewardship of entrusted lands and resources. It is intended that this form of recognition will foster BLM employee pride and productivity as well as stimulate the public’s interest in federal resources and the quality of the agency’s management. The award is in recognition of prestigious lifetime performance that benefited the management of Public Lands administered by BLM.

  • The Award

    The award consists of a personal engraved plaque, a commendation letter, and a free one-year membership to the PLF for the recipient or family member. In addition, the name of the selected individual will be added to the permanent PLF Award Program website and the Honor Board on display in BLM Headquarters, Washington, DC. The award is granted as a Living or Posthumous Lifetime Service Award and may include two individuals per year in each category.

  • Nomination and Eligibility

    The Public Lands Foundation will call for nominations annually through the Spring Monitor. Nominations will be welcome from all sources, including BLM employees and organizational units, PLF members, interest groups associated with various public land issues, and local and state government officials. For full consideration, a nominee’s performance must meet the eligibility requirements and be documented against the evaluation factors herein. Nominations will be evaluated by an Awards Committee for each category and concurred in by the PLF President. Nominations not selected for an award the year submitted may be reconsidered by the Awards Committee the following year subject to an updated status check with the nominating source.

    Further, 1-Nominations may be for any career BLM employee regardless of job, grade, position, profession, etc., 2- Nominees must have had a career that lasted at least 30 years of which 20 years or more were with BLM. The Awards Committee, with PLF President concurrence, may waive this requirement where the nominee substantially completed the specified time and the career was terminated by death or permanent disablement, 3- Nominations must have three endorsements who have knowledge of the nominee’s accomplishments. This requirement may be waived when endorsement by three individuals is prevented by the lack of survivors able to make an endorsement.

    Email award nomination forms to Richard Whitley at Email award nomination narratives to Richard Whitley at Richard_Whitley3@msn.com.

  • Evaluation Factors
    1. Depicted sustained dedication and performance with respect to issues and challenges that resulted in significant advances in management of Public Lands.
    2. Personal attributes that exhibited exceptional vision and foresight that affected public land resource management, and further, inspired various public and employee participation and initiative.
    3. Exceptional professionalism and public recognition in leadership that ‘made a difference,’ locally or nationally.
    4. Instrumental in the development and effectiveness of employees for future management and custody of the Public Lands.
    5. Any other factors that demonstrate the nominee’s commitment and resourcefulness to warrant recognition for furthering the stature of career public service.

Award Criteria

Managerial/Administrative and Technical/Operational
Outstanding Public Land Professional Employee Awards

  • Purpose

    These two awards are given for the purpose of perpetuating and enhancing the proud tradition of professional public service in BLM’s stewardship of entrusted lands and resources. It is intended that this form of national recognition will foster BLM employee pride and productivity as well as stimulate the public’s interest in their federal resources and the quality of their agency’s management. These Public Lands Foundation awards are reserved for the most prestigious performance that warrants national interest. The awards are not to recognize just good performance but are for the purpose of recognizing recent outstanding professional accomplishments by managerial and technical staff employees within two years prior to nomination or three years for those non-selected nominees whose nomination carry over from the previous year.

  • The Award

    The awards consist of a personal engraved plaque, a certificate and a free one year membership to the PLF. In addition, the name of the selected individuals will be added to the permanent plaque now mounted in the BLM Director’s conference room.

    All active duty career BLM employees serving in a management, staff, or program positions are eligible for the awards. Typically, the awards will be granted to a single BLM employee but may be given to a unit that has performed so professionally that recognition should go to an entire unit. The awards are intended to be focused on employees below the senior executive service level. Therefore, members of the senior executive service are not eligible for nomination.

  • Nomination Process

    Nominations may be submitted each year, at any time, prior to November 1 of the current year. Nominations are welcome from all sources including BLM employees and organizational units, PLF members, private interest groups associated with various public land issues, and local and state government officials. For full consideration, a nominee’s professional performance must be documented against the published evaluation factors. Candidates not selected for the award in the year nominated will be considered with candidates nominated the following year.

    An Awards Committee will evaluate candidates and select an awardee in each category. Concurrence in the selections is obtained from the PLF President.

    There is no nomination form for these awards. Email award nomination narratives to Richard Whitley at Richard_Whitley3@msn.com.

  • Evaluation Factors
    1. Demonstration of outstanding professional performance in relation to a particular major issue or challenge having national significance and broad public interest.
    2. Holding to specific requirements of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in the face of strong opposition from any source.
    3. Exhibiting outstanding vision and foresight in the recognition of problems and opportunities that could significantly affect public land resources and moving to effectively address these matters.
    4. Exhibiting outstanding personal courage and risk taking and/or making tough decisions to take controversial positions in favor of long term public interest in land conservation and protection, or evidence of exceptional professional peer and public recognition resulting from authoring professional articles of public interest, leadership by virtue of elective office in professional societies, and public awards for notable performance.
    5. Exhibiting the sustained dedication needed to “make a difference” over time, in how BLM plans for and manages the public land resources.
    6. Candidates for the managerial award will also be judged against their demonstrated ability to develop employees for future management and custody of the public lands.

    No relative weights are assigned.

    Nomination write-ups should address each of the relevant criteria by number.

View Recipients


Lifetime Service Award

Beirne, James P.

1902-1993 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded James P. Beirne its outstanding Public Lands Service Posthumous...

Bennett, Robert A.

1943-2009 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation grants Robert A. Bennett, posthumously, it’s Lifetime Service Award for excellence...

Bibles, D. Dean

The Public Lands Foundation grants to D. Dean Bibles its Lifetime Service Award for excellence...

Bisson, Henri

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Henri Bisson its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in...

Booker, Edward C.

Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Ed Booker, posthumously, it’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award.  The...

Charlie, Danny

The Public Lands Foundation is proud and honored to present its Outstanding Lifetime Service Award...

Collins, Glendon E.

The Public Lands Foundation grants Glendon E. Collins its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in...

Delano, Howard

1913-2010

Howard R. DeLano was born July 4, 1913, in Elmonica Station in northwest Oregon.  He...

Dose, Joseph

Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Joseph C. Dose, posthumously, its Lifetime Service Award.  The...

Eaton, Kathy

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Kathy Eaton its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in...

Fallini, Joseph T.

Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Joseph T. Fallini, posthumously, it’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award....

Hadley, Carol

1937-2016

Carol Hadley’s dedicated public service is an outstanding example of how the professionalism of an...

Hastey, Ed

The Public Lands Foundation (PLF) grants Elaine Zielinski its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in...

Hecker, Vincent

Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation presents to Vince Hecker, posthumously, it’s Lifetime Service Award.  The Foundation...

Horning, Walter H.

Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded Walter Horning its  Outstanding Public Land Service Posthumous Award. ...

Kerr, Gerald

Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded Gerald (Gerry) Kerr with its Lifetime Service Award.  This...

Klemme, Marvin

Posthumous

MARVIN KLEMME was born December 7, 1900, in Commerce, Missouri; and died August 7, 1992,...

Landstrom, Karl

1909-2013

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Karl Landstrom its Outstanding Lifetime Service Award.  The Foundation...

Lawrence, Mark Sr.

Posthumous

MARK E. LAWRENCE SR. began his natural resource management career in June 1934 as a...

Lea, George D.

The Public Lands Foundation grants to George D. Lea, its Lifetime Service Award.  The Foundation...

Leavell, William G. "Bill"

1928-2010

The Public Land Foundation grants William G. Leavell its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in...

Luscher, Charles W. (Bill)

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Charles W. (Bill) Luscher its Lifetime Service Award for...

Marquis-Brong, Elaine

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Elaine Marquis Brong its Lifetime Service Award for excellence...

Mathews, William

The Public Lands Foundation grants to William L. ‘Bill’ Mathews its Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. ...

McClure, Beaumont (Beau)

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Beaumont “Beau” McClure its Lifetime Service Award for excellence...

McIlvain, William

Bill McIlvain of Huntly, Montana retired in October 2008 after 48 years and 7 months...

Nadeau, Leon R.

1908-1984 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded Leon (Lee) Nadeau Its Outstanding Public Lands Service Posthumous...

Nelson, Judy

Shown in the photo are Dick Prather, PLF State Representative for Oregon (l), Judy Nelson...

Nielson, Robert D

1908-2006

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded Robert E. (Bob) Nielson its Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. ...

Penny, J. Russell

1913-1999 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation grants to J. Russell ‘Russ’ Penny, posthumously, its Outstanding Lifetime Achievement...

Pierson, Edward

1908-1988 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded Ed Pierson its Outstanding Public Lands Service Posthumous Award. ...

Pool, Mike

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Mike Pool its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in...

Rigtrup, Robert Paul

1927-2003 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Robert Paul Rigtrup, posthumously, its Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. ...

Robinson, Roger R.

1912-1995 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded Roger (Bob) R. Robinson its Outstanding Public Lands Service...

Robison, Roland

The Public Land Foundation grants to Roland G. Robison its Lifetime Service Award.  The Foundation...

Senti, Andrew J.

Andrew J. Senti is a Realty Specialist in the Colorado State Office who has given...

Senzel, Irving

1914-1993 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Irving Senzel, posthumously, it’s Lifetime Service Award.  The Foundation...

Silcock, Burton W.

1922-2008

BURT SILCOCK devoted 34 years to the wise use of the of the Nation’s natural...

Spang, Edward F.

The Public Lands Foundation Grants to Edward F. Spang its Lifetime Service Award for excellence...

Swichard, Deane K.

Following graduation from college in 1966, Deane went to work for the National Park Service...

Thompson, Richard

1925-2008

RICHARD THOMPSON received his degree in Forestry from the University of California in 1953.  He...

Vail, Delmar D.

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded Delmar D. (Del) Vail its Lifetime Service Award.  This...

Whitlock, Clair (Sam)

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Clair M. Whitlock its Lifetime Service Award.  The Foundation...

Wilson, John F (Jack)

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded John (Jack) F. Wilson its Outstanding Lifetime Service Award...

Wright, Al

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Al Wright its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in...

Youngblood, Ross

1911-2005

ROSS YOUNGBLOOD was born circa 1911 and attended grade schools in California. Encouraged to study...

Zaidlicz, Edwin C. (Moose)

1918-2000 | Posthumous

The Public Lands Foundation has awarded Edwin C. (Moose) Zaidlicz its Outstanding Lifetime Service Award...

Zielinski, Elaine Y.

The Public Lands Foundation (PLF) grants Elaine Zielinski its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in...

Zimmerman, Arthur W.

1919-1981 | Posthumous

The Public Lands foundation has awarded Art Zimmerman its Outstanding Public Lands Service Posthumous Award...

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Outstanding Public Land Professional Awards

2016

Shari Ketcham

Technical/Operational
Wildlife Biologist
Lake Havasu Field Office

2014

Richard Vander Voet

Manager/Managerial
Manager, Lander Field Office
Lander, Wyoming

2014

Sue Oberlie

Technical/Operational
Wildlife Biologist, Lander Field Office
Lander, Wyoming

2013

Scott Florence

Manager/Managerial
Manager, Arizona Strip District
St. George, Utah

2013

Roy Smith

Technical/Operational
Colorado SO Water Rights Specialist
Denver, Colorado

2012

Bill Childress

Manager/Managerial
Las Cruces District Manager
Las Cruces, New Mexico

2012

Jon Reponen

Technical/Operational
Burns District Supervisory Forester
Burns, Oregon

2011

David P. Rosenkrance

Manager/Managerial
Challis Field Office Manager
Challis, Idaho

2011

Mark "Sparky" Taber

Technical/Operational
Resource Specialist
Grand Junction Field Office, CO

2010

Thomas E. Gow

Manager/Managerial
Rio Puerco Field Manager
New Mexico

2010

Renee Dana

Technical/Operational
Coordinator
Landscape Conservation Initiative - Wyoming

2009

Richard Prather

Manager/Managerial
Project Mgr,
W Oregon Plan Revisions - Oregon

2009

Jim Ducker

Technical/Operational
Project Lead
NPR-A Supplemental EIS Alaska

2008

Ramona Chinn

Manager/Managerial
Deputy State Director
Alaska

2008

Karen Rice

Technical/Operational
Associate District Manager
Idaho Falls District Office. Idaho Falls, ID

2007

Dennis Stenger

Manager/Managerial
Field Office Manager
Buffalo, WY

2007

Kirk Halford

Technical/Operational
Archaeologist
Bishop Field Office, Bishop, CA

2006

Joe Kraayenbrink

Manager/Managerial
District Manager
Idaho Falls, ID

2006

Rich Hanson

Technical/Operational
Outdoor Recreational Planner
Phoenix District Office, Phoenix, AZ

2005

Richard Zander

Manager/Managerial
Associate Field Manager
Buffalo, WY

2005

Tim Smith

Technical/Operational
Manager, Havasu Field Office
Lake Havasu, AZ

2004

Dave Hunsaker

Manager/Managerial
Manager,
Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument, UT

2004

Dave Yokel

Technical/Operational
Wildlife Biologist
Northern Field Office, Fairbanks, AK

2003

Tom Dyer

Manager/Managerial
District Manager
Burns, OR

2003

Ray Hanson

Technical/Operational
Outdoor Recreational Planner
Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, WY

2002

Clint Oke

Manager/Managerial
Assistant Field Manager
Elko, NV

2002

Group Award

Technical/Operational
Upper Snake River Dist
Idaho Falls, ID

2001

Craig MacKinnon

Manager/Managerial
Field Office Manager
Tonopah, NV

2001

Terry Snyder

Technical/Operational
Geologist
Utah State Office, SLC, UT

2000

Cindy McKee

Manager/Managerial
Manager, External Affairs
Colorado State Office, Denver, CO

2000

Jenny Saunders

Technical/Operational
Chief, Branch of Realty & Appraisal
Colorado State Office, Denver, CO

1999

Les Rosenkrance

Manager/Managerial
Director, BIFC
Boise, ID

1999

John Schwartz

Technical/Operational
Wetland Biologist
La Jara Field Office, La Jara, CO

1998

Jim Hancock

Manager/Managerial
District Manager
Prineville, OR

1998

Michael Albee

Technical/Operational
Wildlife Biologist
Little Snake Field Office, Craig, CO

1997

Jim Binando

Manager/Managerial
Chief of Land Resources
Montana State Office, Billings, MT

1997

Gary Stumpf

Technical/Operational
Archaeologist
Arizona State Office, Phoenix, AZ

1996

Darrell Sall

Manager/Managerial
Resource Area Manager
Missoula, MT

1996

Nick Reiger

Technical/Operational
Mineral Specialist
Elko District, NV

1995

Ron Wenker

Manager/Managerial
District Manager
Winnemucca, NV

1995

Stew Jacobson

Technical/Operational
Outdoor Recreational Planner
Utah State Office, Salt Lake City, UT

1994

Richard Hopkins

Manager/Managerial
Resource Area Manager
Great Falls, MT

1993

Lynn Saline

Manager/Managerial
San Simon Resource Area Manager,
Safford, AZ

1992

Dave Little

Manager/Managerial
District Manager
Vernal, UT

1991

Rod Harris

Manager/Managerial
District Manager
Elko, NV

1990

Richard Drehobl

Manager/Managerial
Ashland Resource Area Manager
Medford, OR

1989

Judy Nelson

Manager/Managerial
District Manager
Lakeview, OR

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BLM 50th Anniversary Decadal Awards (made in 1996)

J. Russell Penny [CA]

Russ’s experience as a district manager with the Grazing Service helped smooth the transition from...

Edgar I. Rowland [NV]

Ed’s quiet courage is legendary.  As a State Director, he left impressions on the Colorado...

Jim Beirne [WO]

As BLM’s Assistant Director for Admin and chief budget officer, he was held in the...

Irving Senzel [WO]

Irv’s knowledge of law and management enabled him to be a dynamic force in the...

Ed Hastey [CA]

Ed’s contribution has been across all levels of the Bureau as a no-nonsense leader.  As...

Dean Bibles [WO]

Dean’s career has been one of commitment and protection.  His farsightedness enabled him to establish...

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Special Posthumous Recognition Award

Gary D. Bauer - Arizona

Awards in 2000 - THE PUBLIC LANDS FOUNDATION proudly recognizes Gary D. Bauer and presents this Certificate, posthumously, in recognition of his dedication and outstanding service, as the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Associate...

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