Meet Your Forest: Trail hosts contact 1,000 travelers on Trail Hosting Day
Meet Your Forest
As reported by Mike Connolly, executive director of Friends of the Dillon Ranger District: Saturday, July 11, was Trail Hosting Day in Summit County, and close to 40 volunteers from FDRD and the Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness (FENW) were on hand to greet locals and visitors who hiked or biked on selected trails.
Trail hosts were stationed at popular trailhead sites such as Quandary, Lily Pad Lake, North Ten Mile, Lower Cataract and many other places. They provided useful trail reports, as well as information about the good work performed by FDRD and FENW throughout the trail network in Summit County. The trail hosts made contact with more than 1,000 people at 18 trailheads from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“It’s nice to see the excitement on people’s faces as they enter the trail,” trail host Kari Kronborg said at the Buffalo Mountain trailhead. Suzanne Reed related: “We were able to talk about volunteerism to many young families that were hiking and biking the Peaks Trail.”
This was the second year FDRD and FENW teamed up to station volunteers at various trailheads. With the good weather that day, the parking lots and roads leading up to many trails were quite congested.
“FDRD and FENW worked as great partners in holding this endeavor,” said Doozie Martin, the programs manager for FDRD. “It will certainly be an annual event.”
Harriet Bobo, a trail host stationed at the very busy Shrine Mountain trailhead, observed that a new trail section through a wetland area recently completed by FDRD particularly impressed hikers.
“It really showed people the type of volunteer efforts put forth by FDRD and FENW to help sustain our trails throughout Summit County,” she said.
If you are interested in helping these organizations give back to the community through their trail work, check out the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness websites for upcoming projects. As trail host Thekla Schultz summed up: “This is the most beautiful place in the world to work or volunteer!”
Jasmine Hupcey is the office and volunteer manager for Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the organization and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.fdrd.org.
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