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Volunteers invited to help build new Breckenridge trail

Alli Langley
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District recently received a $2,300 donation from the DooWop Denny dance fundraiser held in Frisco at the Summit County Community and Senior Center on June 17. The Senior Center Adopt-A-Trail Group, the Summit Mountain Bikers and DooWop Denny sponsored the event, and the proceeds will be used for Summit County trail and campsite restoration work. Pictured from left: Denny Foley (DooWop Denny), Wayne Haley, Bonnie Guthrie, Mike Connolly and Doozie Martin.
Courtesy Friends of the Dillon Ranger District |


The nonprofit partner of the local Forest Service district, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, leads trail-improvement projects throughout the summer. This week’s projects that are open to the public include:

Copper Mountain Adopt-a-Trail: Shrine Mountain

Exit 190 off I-70 at Vail Pass

Friday, July 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Constructing basic structures to improve the trail tread.

Summit Seniors Adopt-a-Site: Rock Creek

North of Silverthorne about 7.7 miles — turnout on the left

Friday, July 10, 9 a.m. to noon

Rehabilitating illegal campgrounds to their natural state.

Christy Sports Adopt-a-Trail: Peaks Trail (Frisco side)

Meet at the Miner’s Creek Rd. trailhead

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 14 and 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Improving a poorly-drained section of trail, building structures and demolishing a bridge in need of replacement.

For more information on these or future projects, visit http://www.fdrd.org. If your organization wants to include environment-related volunteer opportunities in this Friday round-up, send them to reporter Alli Langley at alangley@summitdaily.com.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, the statewide nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, in partnership with town of Breckenridge, is seeking volunteers to realign a trail using sustainable trail-building techniques.

The Weber Gulch Trail is a short-connector trail surrounded by tall peaks and towering trees in an alpine setting home to miles of backcountry trails used for hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing. The Weber Gulch Trail project will realign an unsustainable route and replace it with a sustainable singletrack for nonmotorized recreationalists.

This is the next in a series of trail realignment projects that have greatly improved the trail network surrounding Breckenridge, including the Turk’s Trail and Nightmare on Baldy Trail.

No experience is necessary to volunteer, and free meals and camping will be provided for those who register.

The project will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Volunteers must be 14 or older.

Volunteers are asked to register in advance to ensure adequate quantities of tools, supplies and food. Register via the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado volunteer project calendar at http://www.voc.org/projects, or call 303-715-1010

Forest partners educate Summit County trail users Saturday

Volunteers with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness have teamed up for an annual event called Trail Hosting Day on Saturday, July 11.

The forest-stewardship nonprofit organizations will station trail hosts at the start of 20 trails throughout Summit County.

The trail hosts will be present from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to inform people about the efforts of the two nonprofits as well as provide general information about their trail and the surrounding area.

Trail users are encouraged to ask questions about environmental ethics and regulations as well as local history and ecology.

Free energy audits still available

The Summit Housing Authority has partnered with High Country Conservation Center to offer free energy audits.

Property owners qualify if their homes are deed-restricted, appreciation-capped and at least 5 years old.

The audits include a comprehensive home safety and energy assessment with an air-leak inspection and recommendations.

Then HC3 will help homeowners implement improvements within their budgets through finding qualified contractors, securing rebates and financial incentives, applying for loans and other financing and tracking savings.

The first two homes from each neighborhood will be accepted, and the organizations already have two homes each from the Ophir and Wellington neighborhoods.

To sign up, call HC3 at 970-668-5703.

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