Local BLM employee receives big award | PostIndependent.com

Local BLM employee receives big award

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Brian Hopkins of the Glenwood Springs Bureau of Land Management recently received a national “Legends” award from the American Recreation Coalition for his outstanding efforts in community-based planning.Hopkins traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this summer to accept the award. The Legends award is presented by the coalition in recognition of successful efforts to enhance outdoor recreation for the public.”Brian is a leader in community planning, and we are incredibly fortunate to have him working with the BLM in Glenwood,” said Jamie Connell, Glenwood Springs field manager.Specifically, the award lauded Hopkins for helping pave the way for greater community-based collaboration with affected recreation and tourism businesses and local governments, and for working closely with community-based citizen groups on public lands management.One of the many examples of this work includes when Hopkins recently led an extensive Community Assessment in north-central Colorado with 19 county and local governments. The information gathered from this assessment is being used as BLM revises its Resource Management Plans for the BLM Glenwood Springs and Kremmling Field Offices.”This is the first time such an extensive effort to gather information and desires from local communities has taken place in advance of a Resource Management Plan,” Connell said. “As the award states, Brian is truly a leader within BLM.”Seven awards are given each year, one for each of the federal agencies that play central roles in providing public recreation opportunities: USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Federal Highway Administration.Hopkins began working for BLM 20 years ago in Grand Junction.

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