ARC Salutes 2010 Legends Award Winners

Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) will present its 2010 Legends Awards to six federal managers in recognition of their outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. The awards will be presented on June 10, 2010 during Great Outdoors Week – ARC’s celebration of the value and importance of outdoor recreation. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program calls on federal land management agencies to each nominate an individual whose extraordinary personal efforts have made a real difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources. The 2010 Legends Award recipients will represent the Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

Winners of the 2010 Legends Awards are: William Boggs, Bureau of Land Management; Robert Morris, Federal Highway Administration; Dan B. Kimball, National Park Service; James E. Lynch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Nancy Haugen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Floyd Allen Thompson III, U.S. Forest Service.

William Boggs has served as an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Bureau of Land Management’s Idaho Falls District since 1992. After starting his career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1967 and serving a tour with the U.S. Navy, he joined the Bureau of Land Management in 1978. There he has demonstrated his commitment to providing outstanding outdoor recreation activities for the general public and, in particular, to providing opportunities for young people to perform service on public lands. One of Bill’s primary responsibilities is the management of the St. Anthony Sand Dunes, where visitation has grown dramatically over the last 25 years. In response to that growth, he has been instrumental in developing the Bureau of Land Management’s primary visitor facility from a dispersed camping area to a developed campsite area with special facilities for ATVs, dune rails, motorcycles, and horses. Bill has developed many other sites on the District’s 1.8 million acres. Their growing popularity is due to his management and foresight, including the creation of partnerships to help promote safe activities and encourage responsible use. For example, he has partnered with a rock-crawling group to organize large cleanups and deliver stay-on-the trails messages and with students at Brigham Young University to clean up several dune locations at the start of each school year. He also helped forge a key compromise with state and local partners that preserved winter recreational access to portions of the Dunes while closing large areas to protect wintering elk, moose and deer. Bill recognizes that wide-open communication is the foundation for successful partnerships and feedback from his partners supports and compliments the efforts of this outstanding steward of the public lands.

Robert Morris is a Special Projects Manager for the Federal Highway Administration’s Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division where he is responsible for delivering many of the most difficult design and construction projects for the federal land management agencies and state partners, usually involving popular areas along heavily traveled routes with highly sensitive environmental considerations and complex levels of coordination. Commonly, the projects he leads significantly enhance access to our national treasures and provide the vital link to the many recreational opportunities available to visitors. A leading example is the George Washington Memorial Parkway’s “Humpback Bridge.” Its reconstruction will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists and ensure accommodation and safety improvements for current and future needs of the Mount Vernon Trail network that parallels and crosses the Parkway. Another example is the Mulligan Road project, designed to reopen public access to Virginia’s Fort Belvoir by replacing roads closed after the Oklahoma City bombing. The project also included improvements to multi-use trails, trail interpretive signing, recreational access improvements and complex easement negotiations with nearby historic Woodlawn Plantation. He also oversees less complex local projects that make public lands accessible for recreational use, including the construction of an access facility for a “passive” nature park with trails and picnic areas along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee. Whether working on large or small projects, Robert uses his unique abilities to bring people together, find common-sense solutions and manage projects creatively.

Dan B. Kimball is the Superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks in Florida. Since taking this position in 2004, Dan has led the park’s involvement in the very challenging effort to restore the Everglades, the largest-ever ecosystem restoration project. Previously, he spent more than a decade as Chief of the National Park Service’s Water Resources Division. There he consistently led the fight to preserve water resources for the national parks. He played a major role in successful efforts to settle issues related to park water rights in the western United States and to protect parks like Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park from the adverse effects of resource extraction activities. In his 24 years with the agency, Dan has also served as Acting Superintendent of Zion National Park and as Assistant to the Deputy Director. Trained as an expert in water and natural resource management and the evaluation of complex environmental issues, Dan’s public-service career also includes positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining. His leadership and achievements have been recognized by the Department of the Interior with the Superior Service Award, by the National Park Service with the Pacific Northwest Regional Director’s Award for Professional Excellence in Natural Resources, and by the National Parks Conservation Association with the Stephen Tyng Mather Award for resource conservation. Dan is a proven leader whose outstanding record of service is a credit to the National Park Service.

James E. Lynch is the Operations Manager for Rend Lake in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District. For over 25 years, his leadership, selfless service and dedication to mission accomplishment have enhanced recreational opportunities on public lands in the Mississippi Valley Division and have shaped the Corps’ Natural Resources Management program. Throughout his career, he has devoted constant attention to the preservation and improvement of recreation resources in order to enhance environmental, social, health, and economic benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. The facilities that three million visitors to Rend Lake enjoy annually – including campsites, trails, boat ramps, beaches, and more – are directly attributable to his influence, his focus on customer satisfaction and, most recently, his willingness to take advantage of the funding opportunities offered by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Jim also understands that the future of recreation lies with children and has led an educational charge at Rend Lake, where the Interpretation and Outreach staff now work tirelessly to educate the public about preserving outdoor opportunities for future generations. Over the last five years, his leadership has encouraged thousands of people to nearly triple their volunteer hours and provide almost a million dollars in visitor services. His ceaseless efforts to maintain facility integrity and preserve and enhance recreation resources, while working with partners, stakeholders and customers during times of fiscal restraint, have placed Jim in the forefront of his profession, reflecting great credit upon himself and the Department of the Army.

Nancy Haugen was the Park Ranger at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota from 1995 until her recent retirement in May 2010. There she quietly and effectively promoted recreation, visitor services, and education. She increased the number of free events from two to 12, bringing in thousands of additional visitors. She enhanced and expanded interpretive facilities, building interpretive visitation from 1,000 to 17,000 visits. To encourage visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of the refuge, she installed 25 benches along its trails. Under her leadership, the five-mile-long Blue Hill Trail, traversing the refuge’s oak savanna, woodlands, prairie and wetlands, earned recognition as a National Recreation Trail. Serving as volunteer coordinator, Nancy worked with youth and school groups, conservation organizations, and families and established a productive relationship with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Last year, more than 840 volunteers donated more than 7,500 hours of service. Nancy was also an integral force in nurturing, mentoring and guiding the development of the Friends of Sherburne. With her help, the group progressed to pursuing a capital campaign, advancing environmental education, and promoting the refuge in neighboring communities and was recognized as the National Wildlife Refuge Association Friends Group of the Year in 2008. During her nearly 15 years on the refuge, Nancy addressed the management challenges associated with the encroachment of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, capitalizing on the increase in population to introduce the general public to the recreational opportunities at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.

Floyd Allen Thompson III leads development of policy and strategic alliances as the U.S. Forest Service’s National Program Manager for Sustainable Recreation and Tourism. He is a principal author of the Framework for Sustainable Recreation, developing innovative collaborative approaches with communities, youth, “friends” networks, and the recreation and tourism industry. He has expanded interagency partnerships through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks and Public Lands Program, the national Memorandum of Understanding on Geo Tourism with the National Geographic Society, and with the National Scenic Byways Program. His leadership in planning and marketing agency byways led to an award, honoring his 30-year career, from the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners. Floyd is a champion for expanding alternative transportation access to public lands, directly influencing interagency engineering planning, design and development standards. He guides agency land management planning efforts, enhancing integration of recreation and social sciences, sustained integrity of landscapes, economic valuation, and respect for the cultural and social fabric of communities. He is an internationally recognized consultant for park master planning and interpretive site design, including major projects in Chile’s National Parks and the World Heritage Site of Easter Island. Sought out as a mentor, Floyd encourages diverse populations and youth to consider public service careers in natural resources. He champions emerging recreation professionals, encouraging a holistic “all lands” approach that is respectful of local history and culture and spans generational values.

For more information on the 2010 Legends Awards or other aspects of Great Outdoors Week, contact the American Recreation Coalition at 202-682-9530 or