La Plata County resident David Petersen, a widely known wildlife conservationist, has been honored for his career work by the Colorado Wildlife Federation.
Petersen will receive a framed print of an elk at a federation fundraiser Sept. 18 in Denver.
Dave is the living embodiment of an effective wildlife and public lands advocate, said federation Executive Director Suzanne ONeill in a statement. His hard and effective work helped immensely to protect the states roadless areas.
Petersen has been a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, Western editor for Mother Earth News, a college writing instructor and a blogger for the Huffington Post.
He also was public lands director for the Trout Unlimited Sportsmans Conservation Project for five years.
The proliferation of all-terrain vehicles and their misuse on many of the Wests wildlife habitats has been of particular concern to Petersen.
Petersen is the author of A Man Made of Elk and Ghost Grizzlies: Does the Great Bear Still Haunt Colorado?