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March 13, 2018
Nomination for the 2018 Chief of Engineers Annual Natural Resources Management Awards - Suspense 27 April 2018
Suspense 27 April 2018
Please use this excellent opportunity to recognize our top performers.
Please see the attached memo requesting nominations for the 2018 Chief of Engineers Annual Natural Resources Management Awards. The Natural Resources Management "Employee of the Year" award acknowledges an individual who has done exceptional work in the field of natural resources management during the previous calendar year, 2017. The "Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence" acknowledges an individual who has done exceptional work in the interpretive services profession in 2017.
Please note, the "NRM Employee of the Year" award combines the previous "Recreation", "Stewardship", and "Environmental Compliance" award programs.
Please have nominations, as designated in attached memo, submitted by COB 27 April 2018.
My point of contact for the 2018 NRM awards program is Melissa Rinehart, Melissa.J.Rinehart@usace.army.mil; or 202-761-4558. She can be contacted for any questions concerning this award program.
Acting Chief, Natural Resources Management Branch HQ
March 8, 2018
2018 Legends & Beacons Award Nominations - Suspense: 16 April 2018
Please use this excellent opportunity to recognize our top leaders in recreation management, and the innovative use of technology to enhance visitor services.
1. The 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 public lands.
2. The ARC also wishes to recognize the innovative use of technology to enhance visitor services and improve the management of recreation programs with the ARC Beacon Award. Each recreation-related federal agency is asked to nominate outstanding initiatives where technologies have provided improved, cost-effective solutions for recreation programs.
3. A special panel from the ARC will make the final selection of the Legends and Beacon Awards. Award winners will be recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. during the Partners Outdoors Conference (30 and 31 May, 2018). Salary, travel and per diem costs 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 attached 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 16 April 2018. 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 and may be reached at (503) 808-4313.
6. 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.
Acting Chief, Natural Resources Management Branch
March 8, 2018
Status of the Natural Resources Management Uniform Program
I know there has been a lot of questions and concerns about the status of the NRM Uniform Program - specifically "when can uniforms be ordered"?
A new five-year multiagency uniform contract (now consisting of eight agencies) was awarded last fall. There are several new contractual requirements that must be met before we can open up the uniform ordering web site. We have been working with the National Park Service contracting officer and the uniform contractor (VF Imagewear) to satisfy the new requirements, most notably having to build a new Uniform Allowance Authorization data base, requiring the establishment of a new account with every uniform wearer. This action has impacted all the agencies and must be completed before the site can be opened.
Under the new contact, many new items will be wear-tested with the intention of adopting new materials and improved fit and comfort. Many of the uniform comments that we have been receiving from the annual park ranger survey, regarding new materials and proper function and fit, are being addressed. We're working to hopefully get the program operational within two weeks.
I appreciate your patience and I know the direct impact that this has caused nationwide. I'll provide an update as we get closer to opening uniform ordering web site.
Steve Austin, Natural Resources Manager
Senior Policy Advisor for Park Ranger Activities
March 5, 2018
Awardees for the 2017 Excellence in Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award
The attached memos announce the selection of the awardees for the 2017 Excellence in
Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award. The National Excellence in Partnerships
and National Volunteer awards are co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation. They will be
presented to each of the recipients in late spring or early summer of 2018.
Excellence in Partnerships Award: The
Friends of Recreation and Environmental Stewardship (FOREST) Council, Mark Twain Lake
(MVS), has been selected as the USACE recipient of the 2017 National Excellence in
Partnerships Award for their efforts in supporting the environmental stewardship and
recreation missions at Mark Twain Lake. The FOREST Council has developed facilities that are
a desired educational resource for regional schools, youth groups and wildlife management
organizations further enhancing the partnerships at Mark Twain Lake. The Council has assisted
in the development of the Northeast Missouri Environmental Stewardship Demonstration
Area, the Joanna Trail restrooms, the Frank Russell Pond Pavilion, the Frank Russell Equestrian
and Outdoor Adventure Campground, the Frank Russell Pond Barrier Free Access and Fishing
Facilities, and the Mark Twain Archery Park.
National Volunteer Award: Will and Judy Carter (MVR) have been selected
as USACE recipients of the 2017 National Volunteer Award for 12 years of dedication to the
natural resource program at Saylorville Lake. Together, they have donated over 9,250 hours of
volunteer service. Mr. and Mrs. Carter's efforts in prairie and pollinator habitat enhancement,
tree planting, and public education have been instrumental to the enhancement of habitats,
improving the visitor experience, and strengthening public outreach at Saylorville Lake.
Thanks for the incredible things our partners and volunteers continue to do for this Nation
each and every day!
Scott Strotman Acting Chief,
Natural Resources Management Branch
January 2, 2018
2018 Handshake Partnership Funding Awards
Attached is the announcement of the recipients of the 2018 Handshake Partnership Program funding for 2018. These are outstanding partnerships and demonstrate the efforts and successes of our field projects in working with stakeholders to foster their involvement in improving and protecting our parks and natural resources. This initiative supports the Corps efforts in being a community partner and working on grassroots partnering projects. Seven projects are funded in 6 Corps districts and 4 divisions, involving 24 partners. Please see the attached list of projects and funding.
I would like to congratulate those projects who have worked hard to foster and support these efforts. I'd also like to thank the Partnership Advisory Committee for their hard work in promoting and evaluating the Handshake proposals. Mary
Mary J. Coulombe Chief, Natural Resources Management
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