Friends of the Dillon Ranger District holds recognition celebration
Last Wednesday evening, almost a hundred very special volunteers and friends filled the Frisco Day Lodge to celebrate Friends of the Dillon Ranger District’s (FDRD) achievements for the summer season. All were able to remember and honor a season of hard work, camaraderie and fun.
Over the past few months, volunteers have cut .5 miles of new trails in Summit County and planted a “forest” of 873 trees. Other accomplishments included:
Restored 14,904 square feet of wildlands;
Built 23 trail drainage dips to fight trail erosion;
Removed 10,590 feet of barbed wire;
Built 291 feet of trail turnpikes over muddy and marshy areas.
A total of 1,242 community members came out this season to generate 6,516 volunteer hours working on the trails and restoring the forest. FDRD volunteer ranger patrollers also greeted 10,862 visitors and covered 1,044 miles of ground on 202 patrolled hikes on our trails this summer. This is about the same distance it would take to travel from Frisco to San Francisco.
And we had a great recognition party, remembering all the fun times preserving our big backyard. The noshes were pulled-meat sandwiches and other side dishes from Arapahoe Grill. Dillon Ridge Liquors and Broken Compass Brewery donated the beverages.
Volunteers collected a ticket for every time they volunteered this year. They placed their tickets in buckets in hopes of winning one of 22 different donated prizes by loyal local businesses. These generous donations included ski passes, a walk and wade fly-fishing package for two from Breckenridge Anglers, Solomon touring bindings from Christy Sports, Breckenridge VIP Distillery tour, gift certificates from Wilderness Sports and more.
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Dillon Ranger District extends a great big thanks to all of our 2015 volunteers — we surely couldn’t do it all without you!
Come out to volunteer next year and find out what it’s all really about here in Summit County’s amazing White River National Forest lands during the summer season.
Jasmine Hupcey is the office and volunteer manager for Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. She can be reached at email@example.com. For more information on the organization and volunteer opportunities, visit www.fdrd.org.
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