Friends of the Dillon Ranger District nears nonprofit status
FRISCO – Friends of the Dillon Ranger District is on its way to obtaining nonprofit status thanks in part to a $15,000 National Forest Foundation Community Assistance Program grant. The Summit County organization works to promote stewardship of the White River National Forest through volunteer service, education and support.The Community Assistance Program grant was created to promote locally based forest partnerships to engage in forest stewardship. The nonmatching grants may be used for a variety of needs, including basic startup and operating costs, materials and equipment, technical assistance, training, community outreach, obtaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, program development, nonprofit management skill-building and communications.Kathryn Davis Grohusky with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) said the group has been working on the application process to receive nonprofit status.”It’s a really exciting grant opportunity, because it’s specifically to help new organizations get established,” Davis Grohusky said. “It’s a stepping stone to potentially getting more money for the county over the long haul.”
She said the main things the grant money will be used for include the creation of a countywide program to support the public lands and projects such as weed mitigation and the improvement of trail signage.Daniel Berger, staff writer for the National Forest Foundation, said the grant focuses on groups that are just getting started, and in order to be recognized for the grant, groups have to present a need and have to have support from the local national forest.FDRD is currently working on setting up a volunteer ranger patrol.”We’ll have folks speaking for the land to help people remember how to take care of it,” Davis Grohusky said. The group is also seeking people interested in being on the FDRD board.Davis Grohusky said that FDRD is different from other organizations, because it aims to create an umbrella under which all other public land management nonprofits in Summit County can work together and not overlap efforts.Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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