March 14, 2008:
The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, which you have read about in this paper, was recently selected as a recipient of the Department of Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Award. This prestigious national award was given to twenty similar partnerships across the country.
Bill Dunkelberger, of the Bishop BLM, announced the award to the group at their last meeting. Representatives from the group will fly to Washington to receive the award from secretary of the Interior Kempthorne the week of April 22 and then attend to a two-day workshop during which the group will give a half an hour presentation on the Alabama Hills work.”
Attending from the Owens Valley, besides Dunkelberger will be Chris Langley and Kathleen New representing the community, Alabama Hills Steward Dave Kirk and a representative from the BLM in the area.
The partnership was selected “because they demonstrate professionalism, dedication, and skills exemplifying the Department of Interior’s commitment of service to the public. In addition, they demonstrated how partnership efforts can achieve results that benefit local communities through the use, enhancement, and enjoyment of natural resources in a responsible manner that promotes a healthy and dynamic economy.”
The partnership consists of several community organizations working with the BLM to protect and preserve the Alabama Hills in their semi-primitive state while allowing access. The guiding vision is contained in the Vision Statement, written by the group, and read aloud each meeting. The partners are Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County, Inyo County, Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History, Inyo County Film Commission, Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, McDonald’s of Lone Pine, Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, City of Los Angeles department of Water and Power, Central California resource Advisory Committee, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Bishop Field Office, U.S. Bureau of Land Management.