Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – Volunteers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) do everything from building trails to monitoring archaeological sites. On Wednesday, the BLM honored those volunteers at their annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony.
The night started with a slide show depicting the last year of work the volunteers have done.
It was capped off with awards such as New Volunteer of the Year and Collaborative Group of the Year.
"Through my volunteer work, I feel like I’m giving back and enjoying the recreation that I take part in, as well as trying to sustain the wildlife that we have out there on public land," says Janice Shepherd, a long time volunteer with the BLM.
Last year in Grand Junction, 674 people volunteered, for a total of 27,607 hours.
That includes 30 volunteers who helped harvest and plant over 1,000 willow trees along the Dolores River near Gateway.