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Release Date: 12/04/09
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Gunnison Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Wins BLM Stewardship Award

GUNNISON, Colo. – BLM Colorado Acting State Director Dave Hunsaker presented Gunnison Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Arden Anderson with the second annual Eric Finstick Stewardship Award yesterday.

The award recognizes the contribution of BLM employees in managing BLM’s special places, through remembrance of long-time BLM Colorado Wilderness Coordinator Eric Finstick.

“Eric was an exemplary steward of public lands and was dedicated to preserving wilderness and the public’s special places,” said Hunsaker. “Arden Anderson exemplifies this spirit of public service as a caring and concerned steward of the special places managed by this office and should be recognized for his dedication to this work over the last three decades.”

Arden has served the BLM for the past 30 years managing recreation resources.  His efforts and participation in inventorying public lands within the Gunnison Basin led to the designation of Red Cloud Peak and Handies Peak as Wilderness Study Areas.  His dedication to protecting, conserving and restoring these special landscapes, as well as the Powderhorn and American Flats Wilderness Areas, has set the standard to which others aspire.

“To understand Arden’s personal impact on protecting and conserving these special landscapes, it is important to understand the impact of his public service on other staff, volunteers, and the land itself,” Hunsaker said. “Throughout his career, Arden has coordinated staff and volunteer efforts to help protect larger contiguous landscapes.  Many of Arden’s accomplishments were achieved through the selfless volunteering of his personal time.”

Hunsaker said the award serves as a capstone to Anderson’s long and successful career with the BLM. Anderson is scheduled to retire in January.

The BLM Gunnison Field Office manages the Powderhorn and Uncompahgre Wilderness Areas, the Powderhorn, Bill Hare Gulch, American Flats, Red Cloud Peak, and Handies Peak wilderness study areas as well as the Alpine Triangle Recreation Area and a variety of mountain bike, hiking and off-highway vehicle areas.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 12-11-2009