March 13, 2012


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RFOV’s mission is to involve the citizens (and visitors) of the Roaring Fork regional community of Aspen to Rifle in the stewardship of public lands by creating volunteer opportunities for trail work and conservation projects. The primary method for accomplishing our mission is to have volunteers participate directly in projects, creating sustainable trails and restoring impacted areas.  RFOV also uses these projects and activities to educate the volunteers, and indirectly, the general public through our publications and media reports about our community’s responsibility to preserve “our backyard.”

[blockquote author=”Amy Capron” align=”right”]The primary method for accomplishing our mission is to have volunteers participate directly in projects.”[/blockquote]

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RFOV programs include:

[list type=”plus”][li]Projects – RFOV selects, develops and conducts volunteer projects that engage our community in trail & restoration projects with long-lasting results. These projects are typically 1-4 days in duration and involve 25 to 90 volunteers per day. Click here to view our 2017 Tentative Project Schedule[/li]

[li]Evening Projects – As a sub-program of our public projects, our evening projects offer volunteer opportunities on weekdays after work. Tentative evening projects for 2017 include the Blue Ribbon Trail Re-route and Lower Plunge Trail. Other evening projects may be added to the schedule as we get closer to the project season.

[li]Group Work Days/Adopt-A-Trail – RFOV works with clubs, schools, and businesses and coordinates volunteer service projects including annual maintenance and improvements to specific trails, parks, or river-front parcels. Each group must recruit 8 to 12 volunteers. We provide the tools, leadership and expertise. If desired, groups can commit to adopt an area and perform 2-3 small projects a year.[/li]

[li]Crew Leader Training – We offer two annual trainings that provide crew leaders with the skills and knowledge to ensure that our project volunteers enjoy a safe, quality experience and complete work to the highest construction and safety standards. This program introduces potential crew leaders to RFOV’s model, projects, leadership basics, trail construction techniques, and other technical skills. [/li]

[li]Young Stewards Initiative – A new program in 2012, YSI will involve youth in hands-on conservation projects and teach them about the philosophy, history, and the way that public lands work, with a mission to develop a life-long sense of stewardship for our public lands. [/li]

[li]Lending Resources -Already equipped with the tools, knowledge, and expertise, RFOV lends these resources to organizations interested in performing trail, restoration, and/or conservation projects.[/li]