The Representatives from the IIC receiving the Partners in Conservation Award from the Secretary of the Department of Interior, Sally Jewell.
From Left to Right: Dr. Briget Tyson Eastep, director of the Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center at the Southern Utah University; Seth Ohms, Internship Coordinator of the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative; Paul Roelandt, superintendent of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Carolyn Shelton, assistant monument manager at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior; Rosie Pepito, superintendent, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument; Steve Ellis, Deputy of Operations at the BLM; and Neil Kornze, Principle Deputy Director of the BLM. Photo: Tami Heilemann, DOI.
This is a great moment in history for SUU and the IIC, to not only be recognized by the Department of the Interior for their efforts, but to gain national recognition as a program that has truly made a difference in public lands management. The IIC’s exemplary performance as a conservation organization has been pressing forward with diligence and enthusiasm since its beginning in 2007. All of that hard work has paid off, Secretary Jewell said:
“The Department of the Interior is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who are innovating and collaborating in ways that address today’s complex conservation and stewardship challenges…These partnerships represent the gold standard for how Interior is doing business across the nation to power our future, strengthen tribal nations, conserve and enhance America’s great outdoors and engage the next generation.”
The IIC will continue to move forward with even more constant and earnest effort, to achieve its vision, and live up to the nationally recognized organization it has become.