Glen A. Hinshaw was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He grew up with a fishing pole in his hand, following his father to the back country lakes, rivers and the Colorado wilderness. As a teenager, he set a goal to become a Wildlife Conservation Officer. After graduating from North High School, Glen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University in 1963.
He went to work as a Wildlife Conservation Office for the Colorado Game and Fish Department and was stationed in the Cortez District. In 1966, he transferred to the Creede District, where lived for 22 years with his wife and two children. While in Creede, Glen received the Division’s ‘Wildlife Officer of the Year’ award in 1968. In 1985, He also received the Colorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited award for ‘Conservationist of the Year.’
In addition to performing all the duties of a Wildlife Officer in Creede, he participated in many aspects of community life. In 1969, Glen was among the first EMTs in Creede, and was a charter member of the Colorado EMT Association, and chairman of the San Luis Valley EMS Council. He was instrumental in designing and teaching a Medical Emergency Training program for the Division of Wildlife, to upgrade field officers first aid skills. Glen was a certified scuba diver and was the cofounder of the San Luis Valley Underwater Recovery Team, that assisted county sheriffs with underwater recovery of drowning victims and gathering evidence.
Glen has a flare for public relations, He had a weekly wildlife radio broadcast on radio station KSLV in Cortez. While in Creede, he wrote a wildlife column for the Mineral County Miner newspaper. He currently writes articles for the Montrose Press, and other publications, and is the author of four books, including this second edition of Crusaders for Wildlife, originally written in 2000.
Glen is also an educator. He chaired a school improvement committee, was a substitute science teacher, coached wrestling, and taught teachers and facilitators how to implement the Division’s Project Wild curriculum. Glen was promoted to the southwest region Information and Education Coordinator position in 1988. That position morphed into several other job responsibilities. He received the ‘Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Education’ from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education in 1997. Glen retired at the end of 1997 as the Division’s Education Coordinator for Colorado’s Western Slope.
Glen is one of the rare people who knew what he wanted at an early age, and was able to attain and live his dream as a wilderness and wildlife advocate. In 2018, the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized Glen’s achievements with their ‘Conservationist’ award.
Glen is a man who loves God, family, wildlife, wild places, and more than a few ‘wild’ people.