BLM Wyoming Volunteer Receives National Lifetime Achievement Award
Written by Caleb Nelson on June 6, 2022
The Bureau of Land Management has announced Vic Orr, a Wyoming Volunteer, as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in BLM’s 2022 “Making a Difference” National Volunteer Awards.
Orr served as the leader of the volunteer youth group called CORE (Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education) for 23 years. The CORE program provides the BLM Rock Springs Field Office with labor needed to complete “important maintenance projects at high use recreation sites,” a recent press release states. This includes the following: building fence, painting facilities, replacing and installing fire pits and picnic tables, replacing damaged signage, clearing downed trees, and removing invasive weed species.
Orr developed projects to build the skills and self-confidence of Wyoming youth while helping them develop an appreciation for public lands. Further, he has taught CORE youth about “Leave No Trace,” wilderness first aid, fire safety, plant and animal identification, and exploration. Orr connected youth with opportunities to cultivate their public lands, engage with peers, and feel rewarded in their work.
As one of nine national winners, Orr will be recognized for his service and contributions to the BLM at a virtual event.