GJ woman named BLM Volunteer of the Year

Joyce Frost

Grand Junction resident Joyce Frost was awarded the 2010 Volunteer of the Year by the Bureau of Land Management last week.

Frost, who moved to the city in 1987 after retiring as a state chemist for the Illinois State Geographic Survey, contributed more than 3,500 hours to the Grand Junction field office’s archeology program in her time there. Last year alone, she spent 439 hours doing office and field duties.

She assisted BLM staff updating and improving records, files and gathering information for new projects for the office’s Cultural Resources Program. Frost also spent three months gathering information and researching county records in writing a report connected with the Mica Mine.

Her other work in the office included completing a detailed report of 30-years worth of site records, improving the office’s database, and resurveying major sites in Rough Canyon, a tributary of the Gunnison River.

Frost’s work on the canyon required her to navigate difficult terrain and remapping sites that initially had been recorded decades ago. The work resulted in a better understanding of the history of the canyon and ultimately made the area eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Her work also helped the State Historic Preservation Office to resolve errors in BLM and field office records.


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