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For Immediate Release 
February 25, 2009

Denise Adamic BLM 303-239-3671

BLM names Colorado 2008 Volunteer of the Year

Denver – The Bureau of Land Management has named Ken Emory of Montrose the BLM 2008 Volunteer of the Year for Colorado. This annual award recognizes members of the public whose outstanding volunteerism and commitment to public lands help the BLM succeed in its multiple-use mission.

Ken has volunteered with the BLM in a variety of capacities for three years, including: staffing the BLM and U.S. Forest Service visitor center desk in Montrose, working with local four-wheel drive clubs to improve roads and area recreational opportunities, and helping inform those visitors he encounters  out- and-about on the public lands. 

Last year alone, Ken volunteered over 280 hours – that’s equivalent to 7 weeks of full time work. As part of his volunteer work with BLM and the Western Slope 4 Wheelers, Ken coordinated volunteer projects on public lands that totaled 629 hours and $11,800 of work.

Aside from the hundreds of hours Ken spends surveying public lands by jeep, he is also a member of the BLM’s Southwest Resource Advisory Council and a member of the Colorado Recreation Resource Advisory Committee.  Both committees are citizen groups that help inform BLM’s management of public lands.

“Ken’s enthusiasm, professional demeanor and patience make him successful in work with people of all ages and from all walks of life,” said Sally Wisely, BLM Colorado State Director. “BLM is extremely fortunate to have Ken as one of our many committed volunteers.”

Colorado has one of the Bureau’s leading volunteer programs. Last year, nearly 4,000 volunteers contributed over 211,000 hours of work on public lands throughout the state.

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Click here for an audio quote from Sally Wisely, BLM Colorado State Director.

Last updated: 02-25-2009