Outstanding Achievement: Janice Shepherd, Grand Junction Field Office, CO
Outgoing, energetic, and passionate about public lands stewardship, Janice Shepherd is a retired computer programmer who has made significant contributions to the Grand Junction Field Office since beginning her volunteer service there in 2010. She has worked with BLM cultural resources, rangelands, planning, and recreation staff members throughout the jurisdiction of the field office and its two national conservation areas. A hiker and geocacher who loves to explore, Janice completed an inventory of climbing sites within the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, gathering and processing GPS data and photo-documenting climbing routes. She is a trained Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado crew leader and trail monitor, regularly contributing to trail maintenance and construction projects. Janice has also been instrumental in the coordination of annual National Public Lands Day cleanups, enlisting the aid of BLM resource staff as well as partner organizations such as Great Old Broads for Wilderness (of which she is a proud member). She is also a trained cultural resources site steward, and is so capable with tasks from field work to paperwork that BLM archaeologists trust her to prepare documentation on even priceless, isolated finds. She is currently working on a report of such finds that will be reviewed and shared with the State Historic Preservation Officer. Janice provides a much-needed extra set of eyes and ears in the field: with more than six years of volunteer work under her belt, she recognizes and reports potential resource issues so BLM staff can respond promptly.
Learn more about volunteering with the Bureau of Land Management here: blm.gov/get-involved/volunteers
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