Public Lands Foundation

The BLM has a variety of land use plans and projects that are intended to address the use, allocation and improvement of the National System of Public Lands. Organizations and individuals outside of government are often the catalysts for demonstrating effective approaches for achieving good stewardship of these lands and resources. Good stewardship may be defined as an ethic that embodies cooperative planning and management of resources by agencies, organizations, communities, and others actively engaged to prevent loss of resources and facilitate their improvement in the interest of long-term sustainability. PLF’s Landscape Stewardship Award honors the work done by private citizens who work to advance and sustain community-based stewardship on landscapes that include, in whole or in part, lands administered by BLM. The focus on landscapes is intended to be broad in nature versus project oriented volunteer efforts.

The organizations, groups and individuals typically envisioned for this award are those that took a leadership role to address landscape scale issues. A good example would be a coalition of various citizen groups joining together to address issues within a certain landscape to bring about improved stewardship. Usually they are individual local citizens or groups comprised of local citizens that are typically all-volunteer without paid staff.

  • The Award

    A citation acknowledging the nature and significance of the awardees’ achievements.

  • Candidates

    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.

    It is anticipated that most, but not necessarily all, candidates will not hold a position of formal authority, but will have dedicated substantial personal time and effort; provided informed input, sustained leadership, vision, and initiative; and acted out of a strong sense of personal commitment.

    The award can be granted to an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization that has performed to standards warranting the award. More than one award per year may be granted to recognize the variety of work taking place in different locations and circumstances.

  • Nomination Process and Selection Process

    Nominations may be submitted at any time and are welcome from any source including BLM employees and organization units; PLF members; private interest groups associated with various public land issues; and local and state government officials. For full consideration, a nominee’s performance must be documented against the following evaluation factors. Candidates not selected for the award in the year nominated may be considered with candidates nominated the following year.

    An Awards Committee will evaluate candidates and make selections. Concurrence in the selections will be obtained from the PLF President.

  • Evaluation Factors
    1. Commitment of substantial time and effort towards a BLM landscape program, project or planning effort that helped significantly to carry it forward or to completion.
    2. Leadership, vision and purpose, in partnership with BLM, that helped motivate others.
    3. Initiative to enhance stewardship of public resources.
    4. Effective response, especially by local community organizations and citizens on a cooperative basis, to emerging public resource management challenges on a landscape scale.
    5. Other factors that resulted in greater trust, commitment and share stewardship responsibility with and for BLM among people and institutions.
  • Nomination Form for the Landscape Stewardship Award

    Read through the Award Information and Criteria and then complete the Word form to nominate a person or persons for the award. Email as an attachment to Dave Mari at dmari@publicland.org.

     


Landscape Stewardship Certificates of Appreciation