Lifetime Service Award - 2016

Henri Bisson
Henri Bisson

The Public Lands Foundation grants to Henri Bisson its Lifetime Service Award for excellence in public land management. The Foundation provides this award to deserving members who have perpetuated and enhanced the proud tradition of public service.

Henri Bisson was born and raised in New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Forestry and came West in 1974 to start his career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a Forester in the BLM’s Redding District in California. Over the next 34 years of public service as a career employee of the BLM, Henri served in a series of increasingly responsible positions—land use planning and environmental analysis work in the Grand Junction and Montrose District Offices in Colorado; District Manager, first at Phoenix, Arizona and later in the California Desert District; Special Assistant to the BLM Director in Washington, D.C.; Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning in Washington, D.C.; State Director in Alaska; and, finally, two years in the BLM’s Washington Headquarters Office as BLM’s Deputy Director for Operations and the Secretary of the Interior’s Senior Advisor for Alaska Affairs, before he retired from BLM in 2009.

Throughout his career, Henri Bisson received numerous leadership awards and commendations, including two Meritorious Presidential Rank awards, and several Secretarial Executive Leadership Awards.

Since retirement, Henri has served as President of the Public Lands Foundation for three years; he has served on the Advisory Council for the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership; he has been on the Board of Directors for the Sonoran Institute for three years, two of which were as Chairman of the Board; and he continues to work as advisor to private companies helping to provide mitigation for large solar facilities being built in the California Desert.

Henri Bisson has been helping to make good things happen on the BLM-administered public lands for 42 years.

The Public Lands Foundation is honored to recognize Henri Bisson with this Lifetime Service Award.