Three Taos volunteers honored by BLM

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Posted 6/6/19

Three volunteers at the Wild and Scenic Rivers Area were honored May 22 by the Bureau of Land Management for their contributions in helping public land.Blake Ramos-Manz, Sergio Ramos-Manz and Dylan …

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Three Taos volunteers honored by BLM

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Three volunteers at the Wild and Scenic Rivers Area were honored May 22 by the Bureau of Land Management for their contributions in helping public land.

Blake Ramos-Manz, Sergio Ramos-Manz and Dylan Brennan won the Outstanding Achievement Award for helping to manage the area, which includes five campgrounds, 27 campsites and more than 36 miles of trail.

The federal agency honored dedicated volunteers at the 2019 Making a Difference National Volunteer Award held May 22 in Washington, D.C.

"It's important to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by our dedicated volunteers," said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt in a statement. "I'm continually humbled and inspired by the enthusiasm and hard work of these outstanding individuals as each of you have made a lasting impact on our public lands. Thank you on behalf of the places you safeguard for all Americans and thank you on behalf of the people whose lives you've touched through your generosity."

More than 30,000 volunteers contributed almost one million hours of service to BLM in 2018 alone. Volunteers helped "monitor trails, manage wild horses, keep campers safe and provide environmental education, interpretation and other visitor services," according to the BLM in a news release.

"The BLM has only about 9,000 employees to sustainably manage hundreds of millions of acres of public lands for a range of multiple uses. While our employees are exceptionally dedicated, the support they receive from our volunteers is essential to helping our agency achieve its mission for the American people," said Casey Hammond, principal deputy assistant secretary of the interior for land and minerals management, in a news release.

A national panel of BLM specialists and partner organization representatives selected the winners.

- Submitted report

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