Volunteer of the Year: Tim Szurgot
Originally from Indiana, Tim Szurgot made his home in the mountains of Colorado. Residents of Wildbird up the Slate River, Tim and his wife Cassie, have developed a deep appreciation for the conserved lands surrounding their home. They also share their space with wildlife that uses the land too, most notably, the Great Blue Herons. With the rookery right across the Slate River, Tim sees the birds every day from their arrival in the early spring until they leave in the late summer.
Like most Crested Buttians, Tim and his family love to explore the land via ski and bike. The Szurgots build fairy houses with objects found in the forest, allowing their young kids to develop the same appreciation for the wilderness in their backyard.
In recent years, living out in Wildbird, Tim has noticed quite an uptick in recreational use on the Slate River and the nearby conserved lands. Tim has become an ambassador of the Land Trust helping educate users where camping and parking are permitted and keeping an eye on Land Trust lands up valley. In addition, he has lent a hand in a number of projects on our lands, including moving heavy boulders to help mark roads.
We are incredibly grateful for all Tim does for our land, community, and organization! Tim fully embodies what it means to be a steward of the land.