The federal government's highest civilian service award, given only with the approval of President Reagan, has been pre sented to a native Utahn.

Roland G. Robison, deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington, D.C., has been honored with the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, given only with the recommendation of the Office of Personnel Management and with presidential approval.

BLM director Robert F. Buford said, "Roland has demonstrated a special ability to communicate with people in and out of government. This ability, together with his understanding and enthusiasm for the public land resources, has served the department well."

Robison's career with the Interior Department began in 1969. He is an attorney and a native of Morgan, and until recently, lived in Salt Lake City. Among his appointments have been posts as the BLM state director for Utah, deputy assistant Interior secretary for land and water, and associate department solicitor for energy and resources.

Before he went to work for the federal government, Robison was a deputy attorney general for the state of Utah and was on the staffs of former Utah Gov. George D. Clyde and former Rep. Laurence J. Burton, R-Utah.