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For Immediate Release    
March 24, 2009     

Contact:  Denise Adamic (BLM) 303-239-3671

Colorado BLM staff named National River Manager of the Year

Troy Schnurr, of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field office, was recognized with the prestigious River Manager of the Year award from the River Management Society (RMS). Schnurr is a Supervisory Ranger for BLM’s McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA).

Schnurr joins five other BLM river managers who won the award over the last decade. The highly coveted award is from the only professional society for river managers.  Each year, one RMS member is recognized for making a significant contribution to the art and science of river management.

“Troy has shown exceptional service in river management for nearly 15 years,” said Catherine Robertson, Grand Junction Field Manager.  “The quality of recreation along the Colorado River within the McInnis Canyons NCA is a direct result of his dedication, creativity and leadership.”

Schnurr’s contributions include creating a partnership task group to conduct river stewardship activities, serving as a boating and swift water rescue instructor, educating users on river etiquette, working cooperatively to treat and remove invasive plants, designing and installing signs and kiosks, and planting and monitoring the health of hundreds of cottonwood trees. 

Schnurr has helped foster future resource stewards as well. His work with the Western Colorado Conservation Corps included training area youth in battling invasive flora, environmental restoration projects, and campsite improvements. Along the way, Schnurr teaches them to use a map and compass, backcountry etiquette, and the importance of land stewardship.

“Through his work with partners and river users, law enforcement, the cities of Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita, landowners and local governments, Troy has ensured quality river experiences for the public, while maintaining healthy and viable resources,” said Sally Wisely, BLM Colorado State Director.

Throughout his time managing the area, Schnurr has maintained an active presence on the Colorado River even during many years when he was the only ranger patrolling the 123,400-acre NCA.

“Troy has continuously gone above and beyond his day-to-day assignments,” said Bunny Sterin, Southwest Chapter President for RMS. “He has quietly accomplished so much with very little help and often, with very few resources.  It is great to have someone recognized for accomplishing so much on a river that he loves.”

Steven P. Johnson, President of the River Management Society, presented Schnurr with the award and a plaque earlier this month at the Interagency River Managers’ Workshop in Yosemite, California. 

RMS is a national nonprofit professional organization that supports professionals who study, protect, and manage North America's rivers. Focused on holistic river management, RMS’s membership includes federal, state, and local agency employees, educators, researchers, consultants, and organizations and citizens from the private sector.

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Last updated: 03-25-2009