Joe Wallace is an outstanding volunteer at LMNC who repeatedly picks up last minute shifts and requests for service. He does an exceptional job at interacting with visitors and is excellent at sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for JCOS.
Michelle Poolet enthusiastically works with visitors to help them find the park that best fits their needs. She treats everyone she interacts with like a long-time friend. She conducted surveys at SLASH collection sites last summer and demonstrated commitment to understanding the complexities of fire mitigation for residents in the county.
Steve Leibold has demonstrated a level of commitment that exceeds the expectations for Park Hosts and Welcome Center Information Specialists. His willingness to help in a wide variety of ways not only supports the JCOS mission, but it also reaches countless park visitors who then become better stewards of our parks. Steve has made a lasting impact on JCOS.
LaMese Hurrell-Coupe has worked tirelessly and selflessly to keep the parks clean, and keeps visitors educated on the rules and regulations. She is well informed and always conveys her message in a friendly and courteous way when discussing violations with visitors. LaMese jumps at every call to help. Her work in the parks embodies the mission of JCOS.
The City of Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation department donated staff time and resources to collaborate with JCOS to host a volunteer clean up along Clear Creek. Volunteers’ actions will result in cleaner habitat for aquatic and land species. The education that each volunteer received during the project will also encourage many will become lifelong stewards of our public lands.
The Burro Patrol Team is a new volunteer group that helps “catch” and reward visitors for good behavior in our parks. They also assist with service-based projects for JCOS, including hauling equipment, trail courtesy pop-ups, trash pick-up, clearing emergency access routes, removal of tress, and deploying research traps.
In 2021, the Trail Runner Volunteers maintained 16.2 miles of trail, picked up over 200 lbs of trash, stabilized sections of trail with rock retaining walls, and removed noxious weeds along the trails. They have introduced 152 new volunteers to JCOS and trail maintenance and have 573 hours of service. The work of the crew leaders and volunteers has fostered land stewardship principles throughout our parks as well as within our community.
Jefferson Conservation District is a voice for private landowners on natural resource issues and uses scientific expertise to explain the historical and ecological context of their projects. Wildfire risk reduction on the county scale needs collaboration across public and private land to make treatments as effective as possible. They are a pioneer when it comes to connecting landowners with the resources needed to complete forest management projects on their property.
Sylvan Ruud has put in over 1,800 volunteer hours since beginning at JCOS in 2017. He never stops learning and excelling in his passions, making him one of our most knowledgeable and versatile volunteers. Selfless and always willing to help various programs at a moment’s notice, Sylvan provides constant support and enthusiasm in all his positions.