FDRD, a model “friends” group for USFS districts nationwide

By |2022-05-02T15:59:08+00:00May 2nd, 2022|Environmental and Trails|

FDRD, a model "friends" group for USFS nationwide Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) has flourished in Summit County thanks to the support we’ve received through the community over the past 15+ years. Through local financial contributions and consistent volunteerism, FDRD programming, staffing and outreach has grown exponentially.

The Subnivean Zone: The World Beneath the Snow

By |2022-02-05T21:06:49+00:00February 5th, 2022|Environmental and Trails|

The Subnivean Zone: The World Beneath the Snow Winter in the Rockies can be harsh and cold. The days are shorter, the nights are frigid, and our forests appear to be quiet and barren—as if all the animals are hibernating or have evacuated to warmer climates. But there is more

Join Our Team!

By |2022-04-13T20:30:02+00:00January 31st, 2022|Environmental and Trails, FDRD Events, Volunteer Opportunities|

Join Our Team! FDRD 2022 Job Announcements All positions have been filled at this time. Trail Maintenance Specialist *Application Period Closed* Friends of the Dillon Ranger District Status: Full Time Seasonal Compensation: $17 an hour + $250/month housing stipend. Housing is provided through Keystone Resort at a reduced

5 Steps to Follow When Cutting Down a Christmas Tree in Summit County

By |2021-11-18T19:14:54+00:00November 15th, 2021|Environmental and Trails|

5 Steps to Follow When Cutting Down a Christmas Tree in Summit County Everything you need to know about cutting down a Christmas tree in the White River National Forest, in Summit County, Colorado. Step 1: Purchase Your Permit Christmas Tree permits go on sale November 15, 2021.

How we Keep Fishing Line out of Waterways & Bird Nests

By |2021-10-29T19:44:07+00:00October 26th, 2021|Environmental and Trails|

How we Keep Fishing Line out of Waterways & Bird Nests For the past three years, FDRD volunteers have been assisting the Forest Service with managing the fishing line recycling bins throughout the county. We call it the Adopt-a-Bin program. Over 30 bins constructed of PVC pipes, are located at

Handrail Construction at Officers Gulch

By |2021-10-21T16:33:54+00:00October 20th, 2021|Environmental and Trails|

Handrail Construction at Officers Gulch This fall we completed the first of many improvements to the Officer’s Gulch trail, with the help of the U.S. Forest Service and some fantastic volunteers. The bridge crossing the outflow of the pond had a broken handrail for the past several years. We completed

Summer 2021 Accomplishments

By |2021-10-29T19:45:17+00:00October 15th, 2021|Environmental and Trails|

Summer 2021 Accomplishments It's no secret that our trails and forest are getting more use than ever before. Recreation in Summit County is on the rise and our organization's mission is increasingly important to both our community and visitors. Thankfully, FDRD was able to accomplish more than ever before during

What We’ve Learned About Native Seed Collection at Copper Mountain

By |2021-09-24T22:14:18+00:00September 24th, 2021|Environmental and Trails|

What We've Learned About Native Seed Collection at Copper Mountain Have you ever wondered how plants naturally reproduce, or noticed seed pods on your favorite flowers after they're done blooming? FDRD has been partnering with Copper Mountain Resort for the past three years, helping with their native seed collection efforts

Local Youth Forest Stewards in Action

By |2021-09-27T20:46:34+00:00September 20th, 2021|Environmental and Trails|

Local Youth Forest Stewards in Action FDRD started a brand new summer youth crew called Youth Forest Stewards (YFS). This crew of local, high-school aged youth meet once per month for an environmental service project with FDRD. Projects include trail maintenance, fence building, campsite restoration, wildlife habitat restoration, and more!

Spruce Creek Wheeler Trail Bridge Construction

By |2021-09-01T20:50:29+00:00September 1st, 2021|Environmental and Trails|

Spruce Creek Wheeler Trail Bridge Construction What does it take to build a bridge on the National Forest? The process started back in summer of 2020 on a scout on the Spruce Creek Trail with the USFS Trail Crew. They assigned two specific bridge projects to us at FDRD.

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