Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Millions of people spend time in Summit County every year due to the diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation. FDRD partners with the US Forest Service and other area organizations, leveraging the power of volunteers to prevent the National Forest in Summit County from being "loved to death."

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Volunteer Trail & Forest Health Stewardship Program

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Animals
Families
General Public
Outdoor Recreationists

Description

Our Volunteer Stewardship program enables community members and visitors to participate in one-day volunteer opportunities including: service projects that are open to the general public; partner projects in which local businesses and organizations partner with FDRD for service days; and collaborative projects, in which FDRD works with other outdoor stewardship organizations like Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. These projects restore habituate, build trails, plant trees, remove invasive species, and more!

Our Volunteer Stewardship Program enables community members to participate in ongoing volunteer programs primarily centered around pressing maintenance and public outreach needs on system trails. Projects are accomplished by developing leadership capacity and technical competency within volunteer groups, which enables FDRD to maximize the efforts of its relatively small staff.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Summer 2021 Totals
 60 Trail Projects
 1023 Volunteers
 5751 Volunteer Hours
Ranger Patrol
 90 Ranger Patrollers
 441 hikes
 2425 miles patrolled
 Over 10,000 trail users educated

Trail projects
Arctic Placer
 40 ft Bridge approaches constructed and filled
 1500 ft trail improvements behind mini excavator
 The Pad, Town of Silverthorne, Summit County Open Space
Sapphire Point
 150ft Buck and Rail fence constructed
 15,000 sq ft rehabilitated area
 4 lodgepole pines transplanted
 50 tons of crusher fines for tread improvements
Maryland Creek Trail
 2 5ft Timber Culverts installed
 200ft new trail cut
 1800ft trail maintained
 10 bags of noxious thistle seed heads removed
 Contour Logic, Summit Sky Ranch, TOS
Spruce Creek/Wheeler
 16 ft Bridge Construction
 8 ft Bridge approach construction
 4 drainage dips
 Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Breckenridge Mountain Rotary
Powerhair
 4200ft trail tread maintenance including turn improvements and corridor clearing
Officers Gulch
 28ft New Bridge Handrail construction
Frisco Peninsula
 700 ft of trail cut
 3,640 ft of corridor cleared
 5,800 ft of trail maintained
 36,000 sq ft of forest thinned
Quandary
 30 ft of rock wall installed
 40 sq ft of backwall constructed
 98 volunteer hours at 12,500 ft
Peaks Trail
 1300 ft of maintained trail
 38 ft of maintained turnpike
 8 ft rock wall installed
 2 decommissioned bridges

Forest Health
Peru Creek
 42 trees transplanted
 33 plant species transplanted
 15,500 sq. ft restored area
 Colorado Young Leaders, Summit Seniors, Youth Forest Stewards
Copper Mtn Seed Collection
 200,000 native seeds collected
 Species included locoweed, fireweed, arnica, penstemon

Trash Cleanup various programs
Adopt a HWY
 20 bags of trash collected
Adopt a Bin
 30 monofilament fishing bins adopted throughout the county
 Line sent in for recycling
 10 bags of trash collected
Adopt a Trailhead
 45 Trailheads adopted in Summit County
 279 bags of trash and counting!

Ranger Patrol

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Animals
Families
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

With over 450 miles of trail managed by the Dillon Ranger District in Summit County, our volunteer Ranger Patrollers are the face of the Forest Service to the thousands of hikers, bikers, off-road riders, and everyone else who recreates here every year. The goal of FDRD's Ranger Patrol program is to establish a friendly presence on local public lands, educate forest visitors and users, and collect vital information such as visitor numbers that will better help the Dillon Ranger District staff serve the community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2021 Volunteer Ranger Patrollers patrolled roughly 441 hikes, equivalent to 2,425 miles. They contacted and educated over 10,000 visitors and community members in just one summer season.

Youth Stewards Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Youth Stewards Program aims to encourage lasting sustainability of our National Forest lands for years to come by helping youth ages 6-24 make the connection between healthy forests, healthy communities, and their own daily life by engaging in meaningful outdoor stewardship projects. Our activities include service projects and educational presentations for local youth ages 6-18 as well as the coordination of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crews completing specialty project work (ages 18-24).

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Evidence of Program's Success

FDRD offers authentic and in-depth learning experiences for local youth partners, including SOS Outreach, Frisco Fun Club, Summit Middle School, Breckenridge Recreation Center, Snowy Peaks High School, and the Cycle Effect. FDRD offers experiential learning activities from the Winter Wildland Alliance's popular SnowSchool curriculum, which is designed to allow students to explore concepts in snow science and winter ecology.

This summer, we fostered new partnerships and implemented new programs aimed to introduce youth to the pride and purpose of land stewardship while providing tangible benefits to our local forest. Our youth-only projects, coordinated with youth partners, include educational components in Leave No Trace Ethics and forest stewardship.

Youth Education
 620 kids participated in education programs/events
 120 participated in new macroinvertebrate program
 500 total hours of youth educational programming
Youth Service Projects
 170 kids participated over 16 projects
 47,000 sq ft forest thinned
 6,456 sq ft campsite/area rehabilitated
 90 trees transplanted
Youth Forest Stewards (A new program for local, high school aged youth. Each participant received 20 hours of community service)
 140 hours of service
 30 ft turnpike maintenance
 4,365 sq ft restored campsite areas
 1,500 ft barbed wire fence removal
 60 ft buck and rail fence constructed

Youth Project Examples:
-Learning about Leave no Trace practices while rehabilitating social trails
-Collecting and sorting rocks/dirt to enhance turnpikes, pruning and clearing trail corridors, building ramps to foot bridges, and rehabilitating social trails
-Teaching students about trail construction for different users
-Revegetating illegal campsites and old trails

Educational Programming

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

FDRD's free, educational programs contribute to our mission of providing opportunities for the community, and visitors, to play a more active role in the sustainable management of our National Forest.

Educational Hikes/Tours - Educators and naturalists lead tours on topics including Geology, Mining History, Forestry, Wildlife, and Wildflowers.
Youth Activities - to achieve a personal connection with nature through classroom teachings and outdoor field trips
Free speaker events addressing recreational and environmental issues and topics

By offering these new programs and events, FDRD continues our vision of fostering an enduring legacy of forest stewardship.

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Evidence of Program's Success

in 2021, FDRD led 21 guided educational programs for over 250 guests, educating them on an array of different naturalist subjects. Our Speaker Series has continues to grow in popularity and community members have given us excellent feedback.

Ski With A Ranger

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
General Public

Description

The United States Forest Service (USFS) and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) hopes that through the Ski with a Ranger (SWAR) program, Volunteer Snow Rangers will be able to educate ski area guests about the natural and cultural history of our National Forest lands to further inspire Forest Stewardship.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Volunteer Ski With A Ranger Program has been crucial in educating one of the largest recreation groups in the White River National Forest: downhill skiers and snowboarders. This group's continued use is dependent on the good health of our forests. This program addresses the need by educating these visitors on the natural diversity of our public lands, ways in which others are working to protect them, and how they can play a part in stewardship. The number of participants has increased each year and the resorts continue coordinate with us.

The Ski With A Ranger Program allows community members to become trained interpreters and stewards and educates our residents and visitors to help sustain our forests year round.

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