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    • 02/08/23 Nomination for 2022 Chief of Engineers Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence S: 15 May 2023
      2022 Chief of Engineers Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in interpretation and environmental education by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee in a district or field office. An "interpreter" may be a park ranger, park manager, engineer, safety officer, public affairs officer, wildlife biologist, technician, forester, human resources specialist, or others who "interpret" the special resource theme for the Corps. Hiram M. Chittenden was an officer of the Corps, historian, and champion of our natural resources. This award is based on the demonstration of creativity and originality, which produces a positive experience for visitors and enhances the public's understanding of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Please forward your nomination package to the HQ POC, to Rosena Burick at by 15 May 2023.

    • 01/23/23 Every Kid Outdoors Passes - photos for the 4th grade pass - Suspense 14 February 2023
      All, The Interagency Pass Program team is soliciting images that can we can use for the 2023- 2024 Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass. Essentially, it is a friendly competition between the agencies to come up with the best photo of our young visitors enjoying our program. The selected photo will be used on the pass for the upcoming school year this fall (with credit to the photographer and agency). I think this is an awesome opportunity to get USACE on the radar as a Federal Land Mgmt Agency, AND, it could very well give YOU 15 minutes of fame. If you have any photos you'd like to the team to consider, please send them to Jason Owen NLT COB Tuesday, February 14th.

      I've attached previous examples of the types of images we're looking for. Here are additional requirements:

      • Must include 4th grade-age kid(s) learning and/or experiencing the outdoors on federal lands (approx. 9-10 year olds). Other ages can also be in the photos, including families
      • Photos that reflect the diversity within the American Student population are encouraged
      • Must be high resolution, minimum 2 MB, maximum 15 GB
      • Must be a good composition and/or easily cropped; in focus; with proper exposure; not overly grainy
      • Preferred file types are .png or .jpg
      • No copywritten photos, or those with watermarks, writing or symbols of any kind
      • All photographs must be taken on lands managed by one (1) of the six (6) Federal Recreation Agencies
      • Photos must model good behavior. All applicable Federal Recreation Agencies rules must be depicted in the image
      • Photo location and photographer credit must be available and provided upon selection
      • For minors who are identifiable in the photo, parental approval forms must be provided (DOD form Right click to download fillable form)


      Ryan Hartwig
      National Recreation Program Manager

    Other Policy

    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Partnerships - The Corps will seek opportunities to develop cooperative partnerships with the array of private and public organizations and agencies that share our various planning, construction, engineering, recreation, and environmental interests.

    • Americans with Disabilities Act
      • a. The Corps should be in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. This act requires that "all programs and facilities be to the highest degree feasible, readily accessible and usable by all persons who have a disability, including mobility, visual, hearing, or mental impairments."

        b. AR 600-7 (1983) requires DOD facilities to conduct self-assessment. Think about your programs, not just drinking fountains and walkways.

        c. Archeological exhibits are a mission under ARPA - Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.

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