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Big Thank You to all of our 2016 volunteers

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District would like to extend a great big Thank You to all of our 2016 volunteers. Summit County is one of the most popular destinations in the United States, and summer is just as busy as winter. As Summit County's popularity grows so does the usage of our trail systems and the surrounding National Forest. At the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District we try to make giving back accessible to all who reside in, or visit, Summit County. We have over 60 projects and events during the year in which volunteers can contribute to our forest stewardship efforts.

We are happy to report 2016 has been a hugely successful year for FDRD. This year over volunteers contributed 6,806 hours of work here in Summit County, worth almost $160,000!!  As an example of our work, in 2016 our Ranger Patrollers completed 250 hikes, covering just over 1,300 miles of trail in the county and contacting over 11,600 locals and visitors on the trails. These volunteer hikers, providing “eyes and ears” for the Forest Service, make trail users safer and more knowledgeable in regards to the environment around them.

Each year we single out a few volunteers for special recognition.  We are happy to mention the following FDRD Golden Award Winners for  2016:

Comic Relief:   Darrell Berger

Rookie of the Year:  Suzanne Brannon

New Partner of the Year:  Summit Daily News

Event Volunteers of the Year: Bob and Carol Faust

SWAR of the Year: Scott Dazey

Ranger Patroller of the Year: Jeff May

Recruiters of the Year: Summit Seniors - accepted by Rita Adams

Youth Partner of the Year: Town of Frisco- Day Camps

We were delighted to meet our goal of expanding our youth program over the summer of 2016. Around 450 children (5-17 years old) participated in 25 FDRD projects, ranging from planting trees and shrubs, to cutting new trail and restoring land back to its natural state. FDRD Youth Partners included Frisco Day Camps, Keystone Science School, SOS Outreach, Bold Earth, YMCA, the Weyerhaeuser Group, The Cycle Effect, Girls on the Run, and Colorado College.  

To all of the hundreds of volunteers in and around Summit County, I want to pass along a special “thank you” from the staff and Board at Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. We feel very grateful to provide forest stewardship opportunities to so many dedicated volunteers that share in our passion to help the US Forest Service - Dillon Ranger District maintain and sustain our local National Forest for decades to come. In 2016, we helped cut new trail, maintain existing trail, mend decaying bridges, plant new trees, rehabilitate effected areas and assist with the care of our local watersheds. Our planning is already underway for another productive season in 2017 and we look forward to working side by side with the good people of Summit County to keep our treasured National Forest majestic.” Doozie Martin, FDRD Programs Manager