GREEN RIVER — After serving for nearly three decades with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Lucy Diggins-Wold has called it a career and is moving on to her next adventures.
Much of that career has been with the Green River office, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says her absence will be noticeable.
“Lucy was Green River’s first and only information and education specialist without whom we would have failed to educate and inform the public regarding wildlife-related initiatives,” said Mark Zornes, Green River region wildlife management coordinator.
Diggins-Wold is recognized as a leading expert in the realm of outdoor education, being very heavily involved in the internationally-based Project Wild/Project Learning Tree curriculum. She’s won national and international awards for her efforts with these programs. She has also been a leader in providing hunter education, Game and Fish youth camps, Game and Fish teachers’ camps and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs across Wyoming.
“Lucy was dedicated to southwest Wyoming’s youth and conducted enumerable hunter education courses in the Green River Region,” Zornes said. “She was always available to assist volunteer instructors across the region, and kept them apprised of changes to program requirements and offered training. She set the bar with her passion and dedication for this important work.”
Diggins-Wold also worked annually with numerous teachers in school districts in southwestern Wyoming to provide quality wildlife and habitat education. She built a following of regionally-based news outlets who looked to her for Game and Fish information.
“Lucy was a true team player and rode for the Game and Fish brand. She was always first to assist the regionally based terrestrial and aquatic wildlife programs with field work and she offered her vast knowledge in getting out our many messages to news outlets and the public. Over her long career, she had to become proficient in the use of a wide array of changing technologies in an effort to meet the varied needs of our customers — no small task,” Zornes said.
Diggins-Wold’s impact to the Game and Fish was significant, he added.
“It will be very difficult to fill the shoes of Lucy. Her dedication to wildlife and the people who rely on wildlife for their quality of life was truly impressive. She will be missed by us all. Please wish her well during her next chapter.”
Following graduation from Idaho State University in 1982 and serving as an Idaho State Parks ranger for a decade, Diggins-Wold came to Wyoming in 1993 to begin a career in the Game and Fish Information and Education section. She started at the Cheyenne Headquarters before transferring to the Sheridan Region in February 1994. There Diggins-Wold served as the region’s information and education specialist until June of 1994, when she transferred to Green River.