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Colorado Gives Day

Colorado's largest day of giving is right around the corner, and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District needs you to help us reach our $25,000 goal! Colorado Gives day is on Tuesday, December 5th and we invite you to take part in the annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado. While the event is just one day, patrons may log in their donation at any time from November 1st to December 5th.

This year, FDRD has decided to add our own incentive program for brand new donors. The first 25 donations (of at least $35) from donors who have never given to us before, will receive a FREE, FDRD water bottle. Additionally, if we raise more money than last year, we will qualify for the $1 Million Incentive Fund from Community First Foundation and FirstBank.

 Last year, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District was able to fundraise over $20,000 through Colorado Gives Day, all thanks to you! Take a look at the below numbers to see where those funds were used and how our organization has grown, thanks to your support.

We also have some exciting projects in line for next year:

  1. Quandary Peak – Summit County’s only 14,000’ peak, Quandary, continues to get loved to death through overuse. In 2018, FDRD has committed four work days on our lone, beloved 14er to help with the sustainable care of this majestic gem.
  2. Hike with a Ranger – We will kick off the inaugural season of “Hike with a Ranger” in partnership with Copper Mountain Resort Association starting next June. With a lift ride up the American Eagle chairlift, opportunities to learn and hike above tree-line will be plentiful and FREE!
  3. Salt Lick Re-Route – After years of repeated, unlawful mountain bike entry into the Eagles Nest wilderness, FDRD will partner with the USFS to assist in a crucial re-route of a trail that will avoid wilderness boundaries. Over two miles of beautiful new trail will be added for the enjoyment of Summit County visitors and residents.
  4. Masontown Overhaul – We’ve heard the cries for help on this popular Frisco trail and in 2018, help is on the way! FDRD will help install over 150 feet of new, sustainable walkways, to ensure an enjoyable experience on this forested trail, while protecting a fragile ecosystem.
  5. Extended Youth Programs- We are excited to once again offer SnowSchool to our local youth this winter. During SnowSchool, kids are introduced to topics in winter ecology, avalanche education and snow science, while exploring the forest on snowshoes! We are also adding Family Trail Days to the calendar in the summer of 2018. Parents will have a chance to mingle and get their hands dirty working on the trail, while kiddos participate in fun and educational activities with environmental educators.

Every Little Bit Counts!

Whether it's $5 or $500, the National Forest that you recreate in, needs your help to be enjoyed for generations to come. Just $10 could mean an extra seedling to be planted in a reforestation zone, $30 could help build a new trail bridge. So support our public lands this Colorado Gives Day, and help Friends of the Dillon Ranger District improve our trails, preserve our forest, and educate the public.


2017 Accomplishments by Numbers

-       1,404 Total Volunteers

-       6,329 Volunteer Hours


-       1.5 sq. miles rehabilitated

-       84 bags of trash collected

-       199 trees planted

-       0.65 miles of barbwire removed

Trail Work:

-       1,416 feet of trail maintained

-       0.62 miles of new trail cut

-       0.45 miles of trail closed

-       62 drainage dips built

-       36 check steps installed 

Trail Structures:

-       114 feet of new turnpike built

-       62 feet of rock armoring

-       72 feet of rock wall installed

-       150 feet of buck & rail fence built

Ranger Patrol:

-       72 volunteers

-       1,810.5 miles patrolled

-       340 hikes (up from 202 last year)

-       12,932 visitors contacted

-       1,377 hours or 57.4 total days patrolling