Meet Your Forest: Make new memories in Summit County forestland this summer |

Meet Your Forest: Make new memories in Summit County forestland this summer

Almost 60 volunteers cut 800 feet of new trail during Friends of the Dillon Ranger District's National Trails Day project on the Frisco Peninsula last summer. There are dozens of ways for you and your family to become involved with FDRD this summer.
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If you go

What: Friends of the Dillon Ranger District at Dillon Farmers Market

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 18

Where: Buffalo Street in downtown Dillon

Cost: Admission is free

What: Volunteer with FDRD at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour

When: 11:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28

Where: River Run Village, Keystone

Cost: Admission is free

More information: Just about every Saturday during the summer and many times during the week, FDRD needs volunteers for trail restoration and more. Sign up online at

Here at the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, we are super excited to be kicking off our summer calendar.

FDRD just celebrated our 10th anniversary at the Silverthorne Pavilion. More than 200 people attended. It was a lovely night to remember the creation of this nonprofit, which harnesses the power of its volunteers to sustain the National Forest Service in our area. The stories were touching! They described how vital our trail system in Summit County is and how it has been enhanced because of the commitment of FDRD and its supporters.

There are dozens of ways for you and your family to become involved! Our calendar enables visitors and residents of all shapes, ages and abilities to come out and support Summit County Forest health. If you log onto our website at and click on our calendar, you can see more than 50 volunteer events.

The White River National Forest is the most visited forestland in the United States. This year, FDRD will partner with a range of amazing and locally invested sponsors such as Patagonia, Copper Mountain and Pug Ryan’s in Dillon, just to name a few. These sponsors provide labor in the form of their employees, as well as funds to rehabilitate Summit County’s star trails. We look forward to all the great days ahead this summer, and we have recruited incredibly talented seasonal crew leaders and many enthusiastic volunteers. But if you’re not into digging dirt and carrying logs, we have much, much more!

If it’s education you seek, we are also offering members-only wildflower, geology and mining hikes for as little as the $25 membership.

Friday, June 5, was our first day at the Dillon Farmers Market, and we will be there with our newly branded gear, books, maps, info and more. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday all summer. Sign up for a trail day, or just share a great outdoor story with us!

Come out and make this summer the most memorable ever, and leave your legacy behind for all to share.

Jasmine Hupcey is the office and volunteer manager for Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. She can be reached at For more information on the organization and volunteer opportunities, visit

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