BLM Lander’s Jared Oakleaf Receives National Recreation Award
(Lander, Wyo.) – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Outdoor Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf has received the 2014 Legends Award from the American Recreation Coalition (ARC).
Oakleaf was recognized for his outstanding 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, a BLM Lander Field Office outdoor recreation planner 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 including the University of Wyoming, Lander Cycling Club, Wyoming Conservation Corps, National Outdoor Leadership School and the Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education youth group. 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 (CDNST). His ability to lead and strengthen a network of skilled recreation staff members across several field offices during a five-year CDNST implementation initiative ensured the accomplishment of trail objectives in Wyoming, amid many land management challenges.
Oakleaf received his award on 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 on American parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters.
ARC, a nonprofit, Washington-based federation founded in 1979, is the national coordinator of Great Outdoors Month. Since its inception, ARC has sought to catalyze public/private partnerships to enhance and protect outdoor recreational opportunities and the resources upon which such experiences are based. ARC plays a leading role in several key coalitions and organizations, including the Coalition for Recreational Trails, Scenic Byways Coalition and Coalition for Recreation in the National Forests.
To learn more about ARC visit www.funoutdoors.com/arc. For more information about recreation opportunities in the Lander Field Office area, visit www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Lander.html or stop by the office at 1335 Main Street in Lander.