BLM recognizes Gunnison Nordic volunteer club contributions

BLM Volunteer Award

The Bureau of Land Management honored the Gunnison Nordic Club on February 8 with the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award at the Blackstock Government Center. The award recognizes individual volunteers or volunteer organizations for their contributions toward public land management in Colorado throughout the year.

“The premiere cross country skiing trails in the area are in large part due to the Gunnison Nordic Club’s willingness to volunteer their time and energy”, said Gunnison Field Manager Elijah Waters. “They are fantastic neighbors and their work is vital in how we manage winter recreation opportunities for the public.”

Gunnison Nordic Club volunteers groom cross country ski trails throughout the Gunnison area, including BLM’s popular Hartman Rocks trail system. Their work provides an economic benefit to Gunnison through destination tourism. Over the past 14 years, the club has volunteer 22,400 service hours, totaling approximately $515,200 in volunteer time. Board member Mark Fonken “None of this would be possible without the generous support of the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District, City of Gunnison, our members and business sponsors.”

The Club maintains 45 kilometers of groomed nordic trail in the Gunnison area most winters.

View the grooming reports here.