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Wheeler gets national honor

Wheeler expresses himself to BLM officials during a 2003 OHV meeting.

Scott Wheeler, a local Carbon County multiple use land activist has been selected as a winner of the Bureau of Land Managements "Making A Difference" National Volunteer Award.

Wheeler received the prestigious national award for his public service contribution at a ceremony at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. on May 10.

He joined six volunteers, two organizations and one BLM employee in recieving the award.

Wheeler has worked with BLM-Price office since the early 1990s to develop a motorized-travel plan for the San Rafael Swell. His knowledge of and interest in traditional travel routes have made him an important liaison between BLM and local off-highway vehicle (OHV) groups.

Since completion of the route designation plan in February 2003, Scott has continued providing volunteer support and guidance in marking and mapping trails. He recently spearheaded the production and editing of a user-friendly OHV travel map for the 1.8-million-acre planning area, which entailed coordination with other users, map formatting from various data sources, and shepherding of the map through the printing process.

The BLM can now provide recreationists with a map that incorporates accurate, easy-to-follow trail information with outdoor ethics messages based on the principles of "Leave No Trace" and "Tread Lightly!."

Wheeler continues as a volunteer leader today, getting people out to mark trails and developing innovative approaches to reduce conflicts between different groups of public land visitors.

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