The stunning beauty of the high-mountain environment, along with an amazing variety of hiking and other outdoor recreational opportunities, is the reason why many locals call Summit County home. Our diverse outdoor activities also draw in about 4.5 million visitors from throughout Colorado, the United States and around the globe.
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District leverages the power of volunteers to make sure the National Forest lands enjoyed by millions of people each year are not negatively impacted by their popularity. By volunteering with FDRD, or supporting us by joing and becoming a member or making a financial contribution, you benefit the lands that make Summit County a world-class destination.
FDRD volunteers contribute thousands of hours maintaining and improving trails, planting trees, pulling invasive weeds, educating forest visitors and much more. We are one of the most active locally-based outdoor stewardship organizations in the country, and have been recognized as the US Forest Service’s Volunteer Program of the Year.
There are all kinds of ways to get involved, including swinging a tool on a trail, planting native shrubs and trees, volunteering at a community event, educating forest users, participating in a free guided hike, or joining one of our active volunteer committees. Whether you want to volunteer in the field or behind the scenes, FDRD can help connect your passions and talents with the stewardship of our National Forest lands. To see how you can get involved click on the Volunteer Opportunities below.
Our volunteer projects and programs are designed to include anyone from 5-years-old to 70-plus years young, and are essential to our mission. No experience is required to get involved. Our staff and volunteer leaders are here to provide instruction and leadership. Together, we dig in the dirt and build bridges, plant native vegetation and restore habitat, provide forest-related tips and information, take pictures and collect data on forest conditions – all while having a great time!
2015 was one of the biggest project seasons ever. By collaborating with the Forest Service and our community partners, we tackled a multitude of projects and programs by leveraging the power of more than 8,000 total volunteer hours.