Yaquina Head Volunteers Receive
President’s Gold Service Award
Newport, Ore. – Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area volunteers were recently presented the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award. The award encourages United States citizens, or lawfully admitted permanent residents, to live a life of service. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, recognized the efforts of Harry Olund (2,258 hours), Richard and Linda Crooks (2,050 hours each), Fae Kelley (1,907 hours), Bill and Betty Jones (1,809 hours each), Rebecca Field (1,617 hours), Tom Quayle (1,509 hours), Doug Purcell (883 hours) and Chris Burns (836 hours).
“Many of these individuals have given their time to Yaquina Head for more than a decade,” said Salem District Manager Kim Titus. “Together they have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of visitors and have assisted the Bureau of Land Management with many visitor service tasks including lighthouse tours, interpretive center operations and tide pool education.”
A number of additional Yaquina Head volunteers, including full time “apprentices” – volunteers who serve as rangers-in-training, were also recognized. During the past year, 39 volunteers provided 8,308 hours of service, (valued at $184,000).
Yaquina Head also recognized the efforts of high school tide pool rangers, who played an important role in the site’s Cobble Beach tide pools for the first time this summer. Local teens helped significantly reduce the impact of 100,000-plus people visiting the tide pools, provided educational opportunities, and also helped keep visitors safe while traversing the rolling cobbles and slippery seaweed.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area’s peak visitor period comes to a close as children return to school, but for those who enjoy less crowds, fall and winter are great times to visit. The site is open daily with a $7 fee providing three days of access. An annual pass to Yaquina Head is $15. A number of other passes are honored and available at the site. For more information, call 541-574-3100, or visit Yaquina online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/yaquina/index.php