The Youth Forest Stewards (YFS) are a crew of high school aged students (age 14-18) who join FDRD for several trail maintenance and forest restoration volunteer projects during the course of the summer. 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 during the summer months of May through September for a forest stewardship volunteer project. Each month, the type of project will differ: from new trail construction to tree thinning, illegal campsite rehabilitation to wildlife habitat restoration, and much more! The culmination of the summer program will result in the students planning, promoting, and leading a volunteer project of their own in September. The YFS program allows students to make new friends while giving back to the White River National Forest.