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Release Date: 04/17/12
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399    

Local volunteers recognized for 500 hours of service (04-17-12)

MONTROSE, Colo. – On Monday, Apr. 16, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service recognized Judy Berger and Joan Schmidt, Montrose Public Lands Center Volunteers, for contributing 500 hours of service to the agencies.

“The Montrose Public Lands Center relies on many volunteers to assist the public by providing insight into public land use,” said Katie Phillips, BLM volunteer/visitor services coordinator.  “These volunteers work tirelessly and the only compensation they receive is our sincere appreciation and public recognition.”

Schmidt started volunteering in April 2008. In her spare time, she leads wildflower walks in the spring and assists with snowshoe walks in the winter for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 

Berger started volunteering in March 2009.  She is a very active in her church and enjoys traveling in her mini camper.

To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Phillips at or 970-240-5300.

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: 04-17-2012