Open-Space volunteers recognized
Summit County’s Open Space and Trails Department held its 5th Annual Volunteer Recognition Evening on Oct. 1 for the many volunteers who donated thousands of hours of time this summer.
“It was an awesome volunteer effort this year,” said Claudia Wiley, open space and trails resource specialist. “We recorded 615 volunteer days this season. Volunteers gave over 3,375 hours of time, valued at over $67,620, in maintaining the recpath, open space properties and natural surface trails.”
Volunteers built more than 10,800 feet of new natural-surface trail, maintained 6,000 feet of existing trail, constructed a 30-foot log bridge and removed 3,300 feet of barbed-wire fencing, in addition to many other tasks.
Volunteers also helped monitor and maintain 26 miles of recpath and more than 5,000 acres of open-space properties.
And they provided critical assistance in the county’s continued reforestation efforts, planting 1,000 seedlings at Muggins Gulch Open Space.
In addition to thanking all the volunteers for their hard work, special recognition was given to outstanding volunteers: SSV Mountain Sports Outlet volunteers, under the leadership of Scott Miles, were recognized as the recpath volunteers of the year for their work the path from Heaton Bay Campground to Dillon.
Lyn Margolis is the natural-surface trail volunteer of the year for her work on numerous trail projects, ranging from building new trail to constructing a log bridge.
The National Wildlife Federation volunteers received the fourth annual Trudy Robinson open-space volunteer of the year award for mobilizing 68 volunteers to remove barbed-wire fencing from the Trudy Robinson Open Space property in the Lower Blue. This award is presented in memory of a founding member of the county’s Open Space Advisory Council and a long-time open-space volunteer and advocate. The annual award embodies her passion and commitment toward open space protection in Summit County.
For more information on the program or to sign up for volunteer opportunities in 2009, contact the Open Space and Trails Department at (970) 668-4092 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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