Department of the Interior
|Office of the Secretary
|For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 2, 2005
Secretary of the Interior Norton Presents Awards for Outstanding Service and Valor at 62nd Honor Awards Ceremony
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton today presented more than a hundred
awards to employees, volunteers and partners of the U.S. Department
of the Interior at the 62nd Department Honor Awards Convocation.
"For some, the choice was made in a heartbeat. They stepped up into a firestorm or jumped into a rescue. Others spent decades in service: Doing more than required - day after day, year after year."
The Secretary lauded individuals
from across all Interior agencies today including park rangers, geologists,
firefighters, information managers and private citizens and volunteers
who heeded the call of duty.
The Secretary of the Department of the Interior has made conserving our Nation's natural resources one of the Department's top priorities. In so doing, she has introduced an innovative philosophy known as "The Four C's" - Communication, Consultation, and Cooperation, all in the service of Conservation.
The Four C's Award is established to recognize a Department of the Interior employee, or a group of employees who demonstrate exceptional contributions, methods, and efforts to promote the Secretary's initiatives.
Overall, an individual or group nominated for this award has demonstrated excellent communicative relationships with all stakeholders involved in decisions that concern our Nation's natural resources, creating win-win situations for stakeholders, as well as for the environment. The individuals or groups also have balanced working relationships with all stakeholders, including: Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments; private landholders, and private sector businesses, enabling the Department to make sustainable, environmentally and economically sound decisions concerning natural resource conservation.
Conservation Service Award Recipients
The Conservation Service Award is granted to individuals or groups who are not employed by the Department, but who have performed outstanding and direct service to the Department of the Interior. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a private citizen or group by the Secretary. A special certificate and citation signed by the Secretary are presented to the recipients.
Colorado Farm Bureau and
Colorado U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Secretary's Four C's Award Recipients
The Secretary's Four C's Award is granted to a Department of the Interior employee, or a group or team of employees who demonstrate exceptional contributions, methods and efforts to promote the Secretary's initiatives. An individual or group/team nominated for this award must demonstrate excellent communicative relationships with all stakeholders involved in decisions that concern our nation's natural resources, creating win-win situations for stakeholders, as well as for the environment. A special certificate and citation signed by the Secretary are presented to the recipients.
Indian Outreach Team
Lake Havasu Fisheries Improvement
John Carlucci,Office of the Solicitor and Daniel Sparks U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4C's, Partnerships and Collaborative
Barrens Topminnow Project
Pacific Islands Conservation
North Carolina Sandhills
Share the Beach Sea Turtle
Park Flight Migratory Bird
Susan A. Stewart
Alaska Outer Continental
Gulf of Mexico Protected
Watershed Assistance Team
Charles C. Schwartz
Donna N. Myers
Rip S. Shively U.S. Geological
Western Colorado Area Office
Distinguished Service Award Recipients
The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honorary recognition an employee can receive within the Department of the Interior. It is granted for an outstanding contribution to science, outstanding skill or ability in the performance of duty, outstanding contribution made during an eminent career in the Department or any other exceptional contribution to the public service. Recipients receive a special certificate and citation signed by the Secretary along with an engraved gold Distinguished Service medal and a gold lapel pin.
Office of the Solicitor
Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Minerals Management Service
U.S. Geological Survey
Citizen's Awards for Bravery Recipients
The Citizen's Award for Bravery
is granted to private citizens for heroic acts or unusual bravery in
the face of danger. Recipients have risked their lives to save the life
of a Departmental employee or the life of any other person while on
property owned by or entrusted to the Department of the Interior. A
special certificate and citation signed by the Secretary are presented
to the recipients.
Tim Bromelkamp National Park
Valor Award Recipients
The Valor Award is presented to Department of the Interior employees who have demonstrated unusual courage involving a high degree of personal risk in the face of danger. The act of heroism is not required to be related to official duties or to have occurred at the official duty station. Recipients receive a special certificate and citation signed by the Secretary and an engraved gold Valor award medal.
Unsung Hero Award Recipients
The Unsung Hero Award is a Departmental award designed to recognize Interior employees who have made valuable behind-the-scene contributions to the Department. Bureaus and offices recognize their Unsung Heroes throughout the year and forward up to five nominations to the Department annually for consideration for their Bureau/Office's Departmental recipient.
Secretary's Diversity Award Recipients
The Secretary's Diversity Awards recognize and honor individual employees or groups of employees who have demonstrated exemplary service and/or have made significant contributions within the Department of the Interior in its efforts to substantially increase diversity at all levels.
Award for Employee Achievement
Award for Management Achievement
Award for Partnership Achievement
HEALTHIERFEDS Award Recipients
The HealthierFeds Physical Activity Challenge is a government-wide initiative to promote physical activity and healthier habits among federal employees. The 2004 Challenge was from October 4 to December 10, 2004. These awards recognize those bureaus with the highest percentage of their employees completing the challenge, and the bureaus' points of contact for their dedication and significant contributions.
Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of Surface Mining
Mark Davis Office of the
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