The members of Protectors of Tule Springs are an amazing group of people.  That’s why we want to do more to recognize the great work our volunteers are doing every day, often with little notice or acclaim.

As part of our new volunteer recognition program, Protectors will identify four Volunteers of the Quarter annually, and those four winners will then be considered for Protector of the Year!

Our first Volunteer of the Quarter for Q1 2019 is Chris Niblock.  He was unanimously selected by the Board. Chris has been a volunteer with Protectors for several years and has served the Protectors’ mission in myriad ways. He first started volunteering with hikes, cleanups, and then perimeter patrol duties. He then expanded his involvement to helping the National Park Service (NPS) with archaeological and paleontological projects as well as identification of rights of way as part of the transfer from the Bureau of Land Management to NPS. He’s provided a lot of data entry support along the way and even helped with plant restoration on the Eglington Preserve. And since he has mastered so many skills, he also volunteers his time to train new hike assistants!

Chris was awarded with a special certificate, a $40 buffet gift certificate from Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa, and $50 to spend on Protectors logowear at our cafepress store.

We are so grateful to Chris for his many talents and many hours of volunteer service. Thank you to Chris, and our many volunteers like him, for your time and efforts to help our federal and state partners with such important work.