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Contact: Kathryn Harrington
For Immediate Release: Sept. 20, 2004
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Secretary Norton to Honor 2004 National Take Pride in America® Award Winners at Department of Interior Ceremony

Outstanding Public Land Volunteer Groups and Individuals
From Across the Country to Receive Awards


WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton will honor recipients of the 2004 National Take Pride in America Volunteer Awards Tuesday, Sept. 21 at a 9:30 a.m. ceremony at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Presented annually, Take Pride in America's national awards recognize outstanding volunteer projects and efforts in a variety of categories.

WHO: Gale A. Norton, secretary of the Interior
Desiree Sayle, director, USA Freedom Corps
Marti Allbright, executive director, Take Pride in America

WHAT: 2004 National Take Pride in America Awards Ceremony

WHEN: Sept. 21, 2004, at 9:30 a.m., EST

WHERE: U.S. Department of the Interior
Main Interior Building
South Penthouse
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Satellite Coordinates: G3 (Galaxy 3) C-Band
Transponder/Channel = 07
Downlink frequency = 3840 Horizontal
Note: The program will be broadcasted in closed caption.

Radio Actualities: Audio recordings of Secretary Norton, Executive Director Allbright and select award recipients will be available following the ceremony at

Photographs: Images from the ceremony and of the award recipients will be available upon request.

This year's recipients are listed below:

Charter Partner

  • To be announced Sept. 21, 2004.


  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc.
Faith Based
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mililani, Hawaii

Federal Volunteer Program

  • Trash Tracker Program; Page, Ariz.
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park; Tumacacori, Ariz.
  • BLM Roseburg District Volunteer Program; Roseburg, Ore.


  • Neil Flanagan; Washington, D.C.
  • Irene DeLaby; Homosassa Springs, Fla.

Local Government

  • Presque Isle State Park Volunteers; Erie, Pa.
  • Bountiful City, Utah


  • Friends of Lake Louisa State Park; Clermont, Fla.
  • Coastal Wildlife Club Inc.; Englewood, Fla.
  • Illinois Natural Area Guardians; Amboy, Ill.
  • Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association; Auburn, Wash.

    Public/Private Partnership
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; Denver, Colo.
  • Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition; Slippery Rock, Pa.


  • Ainsworth Nebraska Community School; Long Pine, Neb.


  • Take Pride in Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah


  • Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy; Augusta, Ga.
  • Boy Scout Troop #46; Winston, Ore.

Federal Land Managers

  • Brad Knudsen, refuge manager, Patuxent Research Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Bill Martin, outdoor recreation planner, Lower Colorado Regional Office, Bureau of Reclamation
  • LouAnn Jacobson, manager, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument and Anasazi Heritage Center, Bureau of Land Management
  • Brian O'Neill, volunteer coordinator, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service
  • Jack Blackwell, regional forester, Region Five, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

About Take Pride in America
Take Pride in America is a national partnership that encourages, supports and recognizes volunteers who work to improve our public parks, forests, grasslands, reservoirs, wildlife refuges, cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds, and other recreation areas. With 100 Charter Partners, Take Pride involves federal, state and local governments; conservation, youth and recreation groups; and top national corporations and organizations. Together, we protect and enhance the special legacy all Americans share - our public lands that cover more than one in every three acres across the nation. For more information visit:



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