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.
Summer 2021 Totals
60 Trail Projects
5751 Volunteer Hours
90 Ranger Patrollers
2425 miles patrolled
Over 10,000 trail users educated
40 ft Bridge approaches constructed and filled
1500 ft trail improvements behind mini excavator
The Pad, Town of Silverthorne, Summit County Open Space
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
16 ft Bridge Construction
8 ft Bridge approach construction
4 drainage dips
Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Breckenridge Mountain Rotary
4200ft trail tread maintenance including turn improvements and corridor clearing
28ft New Bridge Handrail construction
700 ft of trail cut
3,640 ft of corridor cleared
5,800 ft of trail maintained
36,000 sq ft of forest thinned
30 ft of rock wall installed
40 sq ft of backwall constructed
98 volunteer hours at 12,500 ft
1300 ft of maintained trail
38 ft of maintained turnpike
8 ft rock wall installed
2 decommissioned bridges
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!
Young Adults (20-25 years)
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.
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.
Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Young Adults (20-25 years)
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Children ages 5 to 21
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.
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.