OUTside Connection January 14, 2009

BRANDON SIEGFRIED/Special to the Sentinel
YOUTH HUNTERS Alex Kitzman, left, and Cody Cottrell, both of Grand Junction, earlier this fall enjoyed a day of goose hunting with Grand Valley Ducks Unlimited volunteers Brandon Siegfried and Loren Williams.

For the past 15 years, more than 4,700 Colorado individuals and families have donated their love for wildlife, along with immense quantities of free time, muscle and brain power, as volunteers for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Programs include, but aren’t limited to, helping transport wounded wildlife, teaching youths hunting and fishing techniques and ethics, conducting “bear aware” training and assisting fisheries or wildlife biologists.

Jean Sanchez, a DOW volunteer coordinator from Colorado Springs, estimated volunteers each year donate time and energy worth more than $1 million, making a sizeable and valuable impact to the protection and perpetuation of the state’s wildlife resources.

If you’ve wondered how you can make a difference, the Division of Wildlife has the answer.

WHAT: Division of Wildlife Volunteer Training

WHO: Anyone with the desire to share some time and energy protecting and perpetuating the state’s wildlife resources.

WHEN: This winter the DOW is holding volunteer orientation programs in Grand Junction on Feb. 17.

HOW: Northwest Colorado (Grand Junction, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Craig), contact Linda Edwards, 255-6145, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Southwest (Montrose, Gunnison, Durango) contact Jennifer Kleffner in Durango at 970-375-6704, e-mail jennifer.kleffner @state.co.us.


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