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Salmon Valley Stewardship Awarded National Conservation Award

March 24, 2011

Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Marcilynn Burke, Salmon Valley Stewardship Director Gina Knudson and USDA Undersecretary Harris Sherman

At the 76th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City last week, Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Marcilynn Burke and U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Harris Sherman presented the BLM/U.S. Forest Service Natural Resource Conservation Partner Award to Salmon Valley Stewardship. This annual award recognizes a conservation organization demonstrating sustained dedication, leadership and commitment to work collaboratively to build partnerships that promote sound management practices and the conservation of wildlife, fisheries and/or native plant resources that depend on public lands.

Salmon Field Office Manager Steve Hartmann nominated SVS for the award citing their work with the Lemhi County Forest Collaborative, the Central Idaho Aspen Working Group, and the organization’s help in getting more public involvement in the BLM Travel Management Plan.

“The BLM is very excited that Salmon Valley Stewardship was selected for this national award in recognition of their ongoing success in facilitating collaborative efforts,” Hartmann said. “From my perspective, an important role of SVS has been to serve as a catalyst to engage the local community, agencies, and organizations in a constructive dialogue.  The goal of these deliberations is to problem- solve issues with the result of improving a sustainable resource- based local economy while building relationships among diverse interests.”

Salmon Valley Stewardship’s Executive Director Gina Knudson said, “While this award is a tremendous encouragement to our board, staff, and supporters, the real honor belongs to this community. Salmon and Lemhi County are becoming known for our ability to find some common ground in often contentious natural resource arenas.”

Congratulations to SVS!  For more information on the collaborative work done by this group, visit their website.

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