Jay Thompson retired in 2022 following a 32-year career with the Federal government, primarily with the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Jay started his Federal career in Grand Junction working with endangered Colorado River fishes for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. After graduate school at Colorado State University, he accepted a position as a fisheries biologist with BLM in Glenwood Springs. Following a stint at BLM’s National Training Center in Phoenix, Jay returned in 1998 to lead BLM Colorado’s fisheries and riparian programs until his retirement.  

Jay is excited to bring his multiple-use land management agency experience to RiversEdge West's Board. He has been involved in riparian restoration efforts across Colorado for over 30 years and looks forward to engaging in new and ongoing riparian projects via REW.

In his now more abundant free time, Jay enjoys fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and traveling. Jay and his wife Therese are looking forward to checking out antique shows across the U.S. as well as international travel to enjoy the natural wonders, history, culture (and wine & food!) of the world.