2009 NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
PAST AWARD WINNERS
Federal Land Manager - Bureau of Land Management – Gary Reimer
Under Gary Reimer’s direction as the District Manager, The Bureau of Land Management’s Anchorage Alaska District has hosted several hugely successful service events during 2008 including, the Winter Trails Day, National Trails Day Event, two National Public Lands Day Events, and an Invasive Weeds Awareness Week. Throughout each event, Gary built partnerships and sought to grow volunteerism throughout the region. The partnerships included REI, the Municipality of Anchorage, Girl and Boy Scouts, the Civil Air Patrol, the US Air Force, and over twenty other organizations. The partners provided volunteers with outdoor gear at no charge and provided the basics of using the equipment. The volunteers Gary helped to attract carried out revegetation projects, installed a butterfly garden, campground rehabilitation and invasive species management. As the Anchorage District Manager, Gary is responsible for the management of twenty-five million acres of BLM-administered public lands. The accomplishments of these volunteers are a testament of his commitment to engaging the citizens of Alaska in the management of these lands. He actively fosters an environment of stewardship and responsibility among public land users. In both rural and urban areas of the district, he makes time to attend public events and talk with volunteers and partners to build relationships and engage the public in the spirit of Take Pride in America and public land stewardship.
Acting Bureau of Land Management Director Mike Pool, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, David Hayes, accepting the award, Gary Reimer, joining him, Director of Take Pride in America, Lisa Young.