Devils Tower Resources Chief named Interior Department ‘Sustainability Hero’
Contact: Nancy Stimson, 307 467 5283
Devils Tower, WY – Rene Ohms, chief of resource management at Devils Tower National Monument, is the recipient of the 2013 Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Award in the "Sustainability Hero" category. Ohms, a member of the monument staff since 2013, was honored for her superior achievements in engaging park staff in sustainability and energy conservation efforts in her previous National Park Service assignment at nearby Jewell Cave National Monument in South Dakota.
Most notably, Ohms led the effort to complete an environmental management system and a "Climate Friendly Parks" plan while at Jewel Cave as a physical science technician. Because of her efforts, the park was able to complete greenhouse gas inventories. Ohms also shared her lessons learned with other parks in the Black Hills area by coordinating and leading two workshops to help those parks work toward "climate-friendly" status.
"Rene is a wonderful asset to the management team at Devils Tower," said Superintendent Reed Robinson. "Through her low-key and consistent approach, she has emerged as an agent of change to inspire and motivate her co-workers to help meet Interior and Park Service goals to address climate change and sustainability."
To learn more about Devils Tower National Monument, contact a park ranger at 307-467-5283, or go to our Facebook page at Devils-Tower-National-Monument-Official-NPS-Site.
Did You Know?
It is believed that the Tower got its name when Colonel Dodge's translator misinterpreted the name to mean Bad God's Tower, later shortened to Devils Tower. Some Indians call it Mato Tipila, meaning Bear Lodge. Other American Indian names include Bear’s Tipi, Home of the Bear, and Tree Rock.