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Summit County makes its mark with trail work

Keith DesrosiersVolunteers for Outdoor ColoradoDenver

I am writing to extend heartfelt thanks from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) to the residents and businesses of Summit County for their outstanding support of VOC.Thanks also go to the county’s hands-on engagement in protecting and preserving the parks, wildlife, trails, rivers and open spaces that make Summit County an unparalleled place to live and play.VOC is a nonprofit organization that engages Coloradans in the stewardship of our public lands. Each year, we travel throughout the state, providing more than 3,500 volunteer days and completing 15 to 20 projects – tree planting, trail building and habitat restoration – valued at more than $1 million.This past weekend, VOC partnered with the White River National Forest to complete trail reclamation work at Buffalo Mountain, one of Summit County’s most popular hiking destinations.VOC’s Summit County projects – we typically complete one each year – are very unique with respect to the level of engagement by local volunteers and corporate and foundation supporters. In many mountain communities, VOC is unable to recruit local volunteers or contributors, relying almost exclusively on Front Range volunteers traveling to the worksite and Denver-based funders providing financial support.In contrast, last weekend’s Buffalo Mountain project had three local sponsors – Community First National Bank, The Summit Foundation and Vail Resorts – that paid for 60 percent of VOC’s project expenses, and nearly 20 percent of the volunteers were Summit County residents.VOC wants to express its appreciation to everyone who helped make the Buffalo Mountain Project a tremendous success. Together, we reclaimed thousands of feet of heavily eroded trail and helped to protect Buffalo Mountain’s fragile, alpine environments from needless, recreational impacts. Many, many thanks.


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