The Bureau of Land Management Eastern States Office recently named the Loxahatchee River Historical Society of Jupiter as this year’s “Public Lands Partnership Excellence” award winner. The biannual award recognizes an interpretive association or a friends group that has a formal assistance agreement with the bureau and has demonstrated support for its interpretive, educational and public-outreach programs.
“The Bureau of Land Management is very proud to be a part of such a great partnership doing great things,” said Bruce Dawson, field manager for the office in Jackson, Miss.
The Loxahatchee River Historical Society has a long history with the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and an equally long history of accomplishments. Founded in 1972, with the goal to preserve the area’s history and provide tours of the lighthouse when it was under Coast Guard administration, the society has been an active partner with the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse since then. The society was instrumental in helping the site become a National Landscape Conservation System in 2008, at which time it was designated the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area by Congress.
The awards ceremony took place in Las Vegas in conjunction with the national convention of the Association of Partners for Public Lands.