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BLM's Oakleaf receives recreation prize
Bureau of Land Management Outdoor Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf, center, has received the 2014 Legends Award from the American Recreation Coalition in recognition of his work improving outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities. BLM photo

BLM planner receives recreation prize

Jun 19, 2014 - From staff reports

Bureau of Land Management outdoor recreation planner Jared Oakleaf has received the 2014 Legends Award from the American Recreation Coalition.

Oakleaf was recognized for his work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people and for his extraordinary efforts which have made a concrete difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources.

"This is the third time someone from the Lander Field Office has received this award, which further solidifies the fact that recreation managers have a good thing going here in Fremont County," said Oakleaf, who has worked in the Lander office since 2001. "The achievements associated with this award could not have happened without massive contributions from other BLM employees, the individuals who have worked in our recreation program, and the volunteers and partners who are always willing to help us achieve some big ideas."

Oakleaf has partnered with many youth groups, local clubs and other groups over the years. These partnerships have implemented on-the-ground projects resulting in major improvements to public lands and recreation experiences in the Lander Field Office area.

"Jared's creative approach to finding solutions to complex recreation and natural resource management issues has been a great asset to the BLM and recreation community," said BLM Lander assistant field manager Rubel Vigil.

Oakleaf is known statewide for his leadership and mentoring ability with volunteers and BLM employees working on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Oakleaf received his award June 10, during Great Outdoors Month events in Washington, D.C.

June is designated as Great Outdoors Month each year through a Presidential Proclamation, and highlights the numerous benefits of getting outdoors in American parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters.

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