Lorraine Poulson awarded 2020 BLM Colorado Volunteer of the Year
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado has selected Lorraine Poulson as BLM Colorado’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year.
Poulson has worked as a volunteer with the Little Snake Field Office (LSFO) for nine years, contributing $156,000 worth of service. As a volunteer, she conducts archaeological surveys, and helps coordinate cultural resource record-keeping and consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer. Poulson is an integral member of the cultural resources team, maintaining enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
“Volunteers play a vital role in helping BLM Colorado achieve its mission,” said Colorado State Director Jamie Connell. “The award acknowledges volunteers who have made significant contributions to BLM Colorado programs, initiatives, and events.” The BLM Colorado Volunteer of the Year Award program has been awarded annually since 2006.
Poulson’s work included conducting Class III surveys as a crew chief. She laid much of the groundwork for the direct sale of BLM property containing the Moffat County-owned, historic, one-room Brown’s Park Schoolhouse. She helped ensure public land projects complied with the National Historic Preservation Act.
“Lorraine has made a real difference to the LSFO. Her talents and willingness to be flexible in her role has allowed for the success of many projects,” said Little Snake Field Manager Bruce Sillitoe. “We are really pleased to see her efforts and dedication rewarded.”
Poulson was presented with the award during a ceremony on March 23, 2021. Her selection puts her in the running for national recognition with a nomination for BLM’s 2021 Making A Difference Award.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.