Montezuma County Resident Named BLM Colorado Volunteer of the Year – The Journal

Montezuma County resident Larry Keller received the 2022 BLM Colorado Volunteer of the Year award for his contributions to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. (Courtesy of the Office of Land Management)

Larry Keller dedicates his retirement to volunteering for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios field office announced that Larry Keller of Lewis is the recipient of the 2022 BLM Colorado Volunteer of the Year award.

Keller donates his time and skills to the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and its museum in Dolores.

The award is given annually to a Colorado volunteer who goes above and beyond to support the BLM.

“Volunteers are essential to the BLM fulfilling its mission to maintain the health, diversity and productivity of America’s public lands,” BLM Acting State Director Stephanie Connolly said in a press release. “We are proud to recognize Keller for his dedication, scholarship, enthusiasm and hard work on our heritage resources in the museum and on the monument.”

Keller’s work cataloging several major collections equates to 1.5 years of a full-time employee, or $89,216 in value added to the BLM.

Its contributions ensure that important artifacts and specimens are properly cared for and preserved in accordance with federal policy. He also spends time educating visitors about the monument and the archaeology.

Keller has volunteered for the BLM since 2010 and has contributed more than 3,100 hours of her time.

“I knew I wanted to spend my retirement giving back to the community, and I believe in the mission of BLM,” Keller said surrounded by friends and colleagues at a June 8 celebration in his honor. “I want to thank my wife, who with some persuasive arguments supported our move to Cortez so that we could pursue this dream.

Larry Keller teaches young students at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center and Museum. He was named BLM Colorado Volunteer of the Year for 2022.

Larry is a retired attorney and has also volunteered at the Crow Canyon Archeology Center lab in Cortez since 2010.

The BLM works with thousands of volunteers who volunteer their time, skills and services to help care for the country’s natural and cultural resources.

Volunteers contribute to many areas of the BLM program, including recreation, wild horses and burros, cultural and historical resources, and environmental education.

More information on how you can get involved as a volunteer for the BLM Colorado Tour www.blm.gov/get-involved/volunteers

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