For Immediate Release: Contacts: Carolyn Cohen (202/785-6583)
Ray and Juanita
Ray and Juanita Huber have made outstanding contributions in personally training over 80 site stewards and coordinating the work of more than 200 stewards on the Arizona Strip. Site stewards play a critical role in monitoring and preserving archeological sites on BLM lands. The Hubers helped ensure that their team remains enthusiastic by sponsoring regular potlucks, coordinating field trips and initiating service projects to educate site stewards.
According to the Hubers, “We enjoy serving as site stewards because we are helping preserve a nonrenewable resource for present and future generations. Our favorite part is getting to meet so many wonderful people who are involved in this work.” Local BLM managers note that the Hubers’ enthusiasm and positive attitude is infectious.
Modeled after the highly
visible and successful national cleanup endeavor initiated by President Ronald
Reagan in 1986, the new Take Pride In America was
unveiled by Secretary Norton at a luncheon newsmaker speech at the National
Press Club in
“By working with fellow
volunteers, young and old, we lend our hands to heal our land, one acre at a
time. And in so doing, we are
celebrating the start of the national, grassroots, bipartisan Take Pride in
America program,” Secretary Norton said.
“Take Pride In America will empower volunteers
from every corner of
With the announcement of the new Take Pride In America, the Department of the Interior launched a special Take Pride Web site - www.TakePride.gov - that outlines program goals and offers ideas and suggestion for citizen, group and corporate involvement. Interior will serve as the lead federal department and will enlist the cooperation and commitment of all agencies in the federal government.
The BLM, an agency of the
U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land - 261 million surface acres
- than any other Federal agency. Most of
this public land is located in 12 Western states, including
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