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Dan Brunkhorst recognized by Society for Range Management PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 April 2011 14:46

Wauneta native Dan Brunkhorst, a rangeland management specialist (RMS) with the Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office, was recognized as the Outstanding RMS for Montana and the Dakotas at the 2011 Society for Range Management’s annual meeting held recently in Billings.

Brunkhorst was nominated for the prestigious recognition by Adam Carr, the BLM’s supervisory natural resource specialist in Lewistown, Mont., and Willy Frank, the Lewistown field manager.

The nomination package briefly described Brunkhorst’s work as a team lead for a complicated environmental assessment that renewed 92 grazing leases; his work to train and mentor seasonal employees; his guidance during a trespass resolution effort; his efforts to develop native seed mixes for reclamation projects; and his increased range related work load consisting of 300 allotments spanning nine central Montana counties.

The nomination package also noted Brunkhorst’s continuing commitment to the proper multiple-use management of the public resources BLM is charged with managing.

“Dan is the consummate professional, whose outstanding work compliments his passion for the public lands and the people whose livelihood depends upon them,” said Willy Frank.

Adam Carr added, “Dan has a true passion for proper multiple use management of our public lands and is very deserving of this prestigious recognition.”

The BLM manages more land — over 245 million acres — than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural and other resources on public lands.

Brunkhorst is the son of former Wauneta residents Kenneth Brunkhorst and Marcia Rueter Leritz.