Youth Forest Stewards (YFS)

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Introducing… The Youth Forest Stewards Program!

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District is announcing an exciting new program, Youth Forest Stewards, (YFS) for high school students (age 14-18). Youth who participate in this five-month long forest stewardship program will learn a variety of trail maintenance techniques, while building a community of like-minded students focused on bettering the White River National Forest.

This group will meet monthly from May through September for a forest stewardship project. Each month, the type of project will differ: new trail construction, forestry project, rehabilitation project, wildlife habitat restoration, etc. The culmination of this program will result in the students planning, promoting, and leading a volunteer project of their own in September. This will allow students to get together with other like-minded students and make a real difference in the forest.

Student Benefits

  • Build friendships

  • Earn community service hours for school

  • Opportunity to apply for FDRD’s $1,000 college scholarship

  • Join a community of youth focused on helping the forest and trails in Summit County

  • Improve your resume for college applications

  • Make a difference on the public lands of Summit County

Student Expectations

  • Must be 14-18 years old

  • Provide your own transportation to all project locations (within Summit County)

  • Dress appropriately for each project and bring an adequate amount of water and food for the day

  • A positive attitude and engagement in each project – this is a program for students who already have an interest in forest stewardship

  • Ability to follow COVID regulations as directed by Summit County Public Health

  • Attend at least 5 of the project dates (listed below) in order to graduate the program – if a day is missed, the participant can work with instructors to make up that date. *SEPTEMBER PROJECT IS REQUIRED*

YFS 2021 Project Dates

Applications Now Closed for the ’21 Youth Forest Stewards Program

Youth Forest Stewards 2021 Application