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If you have visited the popular BLM-Alaska Sourdough Creek Campground on the banks of the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River in the past 14 years, you have probably been lucky enough to meet Volunteer Campground Host, Cathy Leonard and her husband, BLM Seasonal Maintenance Worker, Jim. Jim and Cathy started as volunteer hosts for the BLM-Alaska Glennallen Field Office (GFO) in the year 2000. Over the years, Cathy has volunteered 12,000 hours as a host and Jim volunteered over 3,000 hours before he was hired in 2003 as a BLM seasonal maintenance worker. Together they have become icons for the campground. They have greeted over 20,000 visitors each summer. Routine visitors consider Jim and Cathy as friends. In 2012, Cathy received the BLM National Volunteer “Making a Difference” Award recognizing her for her dedication and quality volunteer service to the public. On September 17, 2013, Cathy and Jim hung up their BLM-GFO hats and were recognized by their friends and coworkers. “It’s the end of an era,” lamented BLM GFO Outdoor Recreation Planner and Volunteer Host Coordinator, Marcia Butorac. “Your work ethic, enthusiasm, quality customer service, and commitment to excellence right to the last day will be incredibly difficult to duplicate.” Cathy and Jim thanked everyone and replied, “We’ll miss you guys, but it’s just time to do something different. We’ll be back,” but then quickly added, “at least to say hello.”