On February 16, 2023, a team from the Forest Service Intermountain Region, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and the Office of General Counsel were presented with a 2022 Secretary's Honor Award for their work in Expanding Opportunities for Economic Development and Improving the Quality of Life in Rural and Tribal Communities (Strategic Goal #5). This team was instrumental in completing the first-of-its-kind Forest Service co-stewardship agreement with the five tribes of the Bears Ears Commission and the Bureau of Land Management.
This recognition is a direct reflection of their hard work, dedication, and their efforts to make the Forest Service and our nation a better place.
Congratulations to Bears Ears Interdisciplinary Team members:
Bears Ears Commission (Hopi Nation, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Pueblo of Zuni)
Kathryn Conant (Director of Lands and Minerals, Intermountain Regional Office)
Ryan Nehl (Manti-La Sal Forest Supervisor)
Michael Engelhart (District Ranger, Moab and Monticello Districts)
Brian Murdock (Recreation Program Lead)
Patrick Redmond (Office of General Counsel, Washington, D.C.)
Jacob Palma (Monticello Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management)