Give Back Where You Play in Summit County with FDRD

In 2017, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District volunteers have contributed more than 6,000 hours of work in our own backyard! Our Projects and Programs include: Trail Maintenance - This year's trail projects included the Peaks Trail, Golden Horseshoe, Quandary Peak, Salt Lick, Frisco Peninsula, Soda Creek, Wheeler Lakes, and the Tenderfoot Mountain System. Ranger Patrol - Wearing a uniform, volunteers this past summer completed 340 hikes educating almost 13,000 visitors about responsible use and ethics, forest regulations and values, safety, and stewardship. Forest Monitoring - Trained as "citizen scientists," these volunteers collect data that will give us some insight into how our forest regenerates. Educational Programing - Each summer, volunteers lead Guided Educational Hikes that are free to the public - then trade the hiking boots for skis or snowshoes during winter months for our Ski with a Ranger and Snowshoe tours. Volunteers also help educate the public about our cause at the weekly Dillon Farmers Market in the summer as well as special events such as Frisco's Fall Fest and Keystone's Bacon & Bourbon Festival. Youth - This year we worked with more than 350 youth on trails and forest restoration projects, inspiring the next generation to continue caring for our National Forest. Forest Restoration - Trails are not all we improve. We also close campsites that threaten water quality, plant trees and willows, pull invasive weed species, pick up trash, and remove illegally built structures. Habitat Restoration - In 2017 we did 2 days of fish shocking in local rivers to gauge the health of the population and removed .65 miles of barbed wire fencing, which negatively impacts the migrating elk and deer populations. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you have any questions, please contact Emily at emily@fdrd.org or give us a call at 970-262-3449.