Glenwood Springs BLM worker honored for stewardship
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Sally Wisely, the Bureau of Land Management Colorado state director, awarded a Glenwood Springs Field Office worker with the first-ever Eric Finstick Wilderness Stewardship Award on Thursday.
Outdoor Recreation Planner Kay Hopkins was the recipient of the award, which recognizes the contribution of BLM or Service First employees in managing BLM’s special places, through remembrance of longtime BLM Colorado Wilderness Coordinator Eric Finstick, according to the federal agency. Finstick worked for the BLM for 31 years.
“Eric was an exemplary steward of public lands and was dedicated to preserving wilderness and the public’s special places,” Wisely said. “Kay Hopkins exemplifies this spirit of public service and commitment to wild land resources.”
The BLM said Hopkins has been an outdoor recreation planner for the Glenwood Springs Field Office for 12 years and is currently “playing a key role in the revision of the BLM Glenwood Springs Resource Management Plan, including evaluating proposed areas of critical environmental concerns (ACEC). The BLM said Hopkins worked on the management plan for the Roan Plateau.
“Kay’s expertise in outdoor recreation planning, wild and scenic rivers, visual resources, wilderness and even managing cave areas has made her an essential part of the BLM’s stewardship of the public lands in the Glenwood Springs area,” Wisely said. “Given her strategic location, surrounded by world-class mountain resorts, spectacular scenery, rushing rivers and canyons, important wildlife habitat and high-value energy resources, Kay’s confidence in ‘doing the right thing’ for resources and the public has been an inspiration.”
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