Recreation in Summit County is busier than ever before and FDRD’s mission is increasingly important to both our community and visitors. We were able to accomplishment a lot in our 2022 field season. We wouldn’t be able to be as productive without our amazing volunteers. We had volunteers that have been
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 16, 2022.
Youth Forest Stewards Summer 2022 Update FDRD jumps into year two with the Youth Forest Stewards! The Youth Forest Stewards (YFS) are a group of high school students who volunteer their time to do trail work, alongside the Forest Service. This summer our crew has participated in five diverse projects.
Fish Shocking This past month, we had the opportunity to bring volunteers out into the field with the USFS Fisheries Crew to do some fish shocking at North Fork of Swan River. Fish shocking is a technique used to temporarily attract and immobilize fish in an area to monitor and study them.
Summit County Thistle Noxious Weed Removal: FDRD + ESWA We recently had the opportunity to partner with Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance to learn about the different types of noxious weeds present in Summit County and how we can effectively go about removing them. Jim Alexander, an expert on weed identification
Forest Monitoring FDRD partnered with the Forest Health Task Force this summer to support them with additional volunteers for their Forest Monitoring program. They have over 130 plots to monitor this summer for the Forest Service. The Forest Service recruits volunteers to help collect re-generation data of forest plots that
Boreal Toad This past month, we had the opportunity to bring a handful of volunteers out for a day in the field with the USFS Fisheries Crew. Our objective for the day was to survey a Boreal Toad population. Boreal Toads are a state endangered species that are threaten by chytrid fungus.
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 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