January 14, 2017
2017 Legends & Beacons Award Nominations - Suspense: 17 March 2017
A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE OUR TOP LEADERS IN NRM!!!
American Recreation Coalition wishes to honor an outstanding U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
employee with the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) Legends Award. This award is
presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual for his/her significant contributions
to the enhancement of outdoor recreation resources, facilities and experiences on the nation's
2. The ARC will also present the Beacon Award to recognize the innovative
use of technology to enhance visitor services and improve the management of recreation
programs. Each recreation-related federal agency is asked to nominate outstanding initiatives
where technologies have provided improved, cost-effective solutions to the needs of
recreation programs. A special panel from the ARC will make the final selection of the Beacon
3. Award winners will be recognized and honored at a special ceremony in
Washington, D.C. during the Partners Outdoors Conference (31 May and 1 June, 2017). Salary,
travel and per diem costs for the award winners to attend the ceremony and conference are the
responsibility of the home project or district. Conference approvals for attendees must be
coordinated through the awardee's District and Division Commanders in accordance with
USACE Conference Policy dated 22 December 2016.
4. Nominations will be evaluated
based on the enclosed selection criteria (Enclosures 1 and 3). Please submit nominations
through your Division office (one nomination per Major Subordinate Command may be
forwarded to HQUSACE for each award) not later than 17 March 2017. The Legends Award
nomination package should describe the significant personal contributions the nominee has
made enabling others to enjoy quality recreational experiences in our great outdoors, and the
Beacon Award nomination should describe the innovative use of technology in visitor services
and/or recreation management.
5. Major Subordinate Commands should forward their
nominations along with supporting documentation as described in Enclosures 2 and 4, to Ms.
Heather Burke, National Senior Policy Advisor for Partnerships. She is my point of contact on
this matter and may be reached at (503) 808-4313.
Nomination packages of past
winners are posted on the Natural Resources Management Gateway
https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/partners/award-arc.cfm and provide good examples of the
quality of work and achievements recognized since the development of this award program.
Respectfully, Mary J. Coulombe Chief, Natural Resources Management
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