Two Lander men named Super Stars for their work in 2015

Lander residents Nico Holt and Jim Wynn have received Super Star Awards for their outstanding 2015 accomplishments and work in support of the Bureau of Land Management. Holt, a member of the Northern Arapahoe Tribe and anthropology major at the University of Wyoming, received the Super Star Volunteer Award for his work in support of the BLM's Lander Field Office archaeology program. In addition to being seasonally employed by the BLM, Holt volunteers his time and energy to cultivate his passion for archaeology during his off-time. For the past three years, he has helped BLM archaeologists conduct field inventories, catalog artifacts and complete cultural excavations. Holt has also volunteered his time to make presentations to high school and college students about careers in natural resources and his work with the Lander Field Office. [image: Inline image 1] *Jim Wynn (second from left) leads the BLM’s Native American Youth Resource Crew, which employs students primarily from the Wind River Indian Reservation each summer. (BLM / Pitchengine Communities) * Wynn, Lander Field Office range technician, received the Super Star BLM Employee Award. Wynn is the crew leader for the BLM’s Native American Youth Resource Crew, which employs students primarily from the Wind River Indian Reservation each summer. In addition to accomplishing needed public land improvement projects, the resource crew exposes tribal youth to possible career paths in natural resource management. Projects undertaken by the resource crew have included native plant seed collection with the BLM’s Seeds of Success program; maintenance of popular hiking and biking trails; clean-up of illegal dumping sites; and riparian protection fence maintenance that improves water quality and fisheries habitat. “Nico is an excellent role model for any student, but he is an especially positive influence on tribal youth on the Wind River Indian Reservation,” said BLM Assistant Lander Field Manager Rubel Vigil. “I am also proud that the Lander Field Office archaeology staff has had a similarly positive influence on Nico’s career.” In the midst of the work projects, Wynn imparts wisdom about the importance of establishing good work habits and learning from mistakes, as well as future career paths available to the crew members. “Jim always displays a positive attitude and continually seeks new experiences for the resource crew and ways to improve the program,” said Vigil, Wynn’s supervisor. “It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and caring individual.” *Feature Photo: Nico Holt (center in black t-shirt) leads a tour of the Castle Gardens Petroglyph Site for the Montana Conservation Corps, made up of high school and college students from the Wind River Indian Reservation. (BLM / Pitchengine Communities) * *#county10 #news *