Thank you to those who volunteered on Public Lands Day |

Thank you to those who volunteered on Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day was a huge success this year, due in large part to the cooperation and hard work of the community and businesses of Grand County. In it’s 13th consecutive year, this annual event demonstrates how much work can be accomplished on public lands and trails when everyone chips in and gives from the heart. Some individuals deserve special recognition for the tireless hours of planning and work donated to the cause of improving our public lands: Gary McGraw (US Forest Service) for leading the planning committee and keeping them on task; BJ Duffy (USFS) for taking care of the endless details of coordinating the event; Diana Lyn Rau for coordinating the food donations for volunteers’ meals; Lou Tyler (in his 13th year of volunteering for NPLD) for picking up all the food from local businesses; and John Monkouski (BLM), Ted Parker, Luke Henry (NPS), Mike Ricketts (USFS), Miles Miller (USFS), Lucinda Elicker and John Sevier (Headwaters Trails Alliance), Marty Ferguson (YMCA/Snow Mountain Ranch), Brad Orr (USFS), Suzie Masterson (Guest Guide Publications) and Catherine Ross (Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce). Gigi Dominguez and Katrina Alexander also did a over-the-top job of collecting donations from local businesses used for door prizes at the volunteer party. Also lending a hand were Christine Dubois, Gail Johnson, Jana Chalk, Neilie Tibbs, Lindsay Holmes, Madeline Framson, Nellie Tibbs, Patricia Hesch, Ray Miller (USFS), Roger Hedlund and Todd Holzworth.Businesses that gave generously this year include Active Images, Alco Discount Store, Alpine Sun Ski & Sport, Arapahoe Lodge, Base Camp Bakery, Betty’s Cafe and Bakery, Brand Connections, Camp Chief Ouray, Carver’s Bakery, Centura Granby Medical Center, Christy Sports, Circle G Auto, City Market, COHVCO, Country Ace Hardware, Crooked Creek Saloon, DeAntonio’s Pizza, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, First Student Transportation, Fontenot’s Seafood Grill, Frito Lay, Granby Ranch/Sol Vista Basin, Grand Adventures, LLC, Sky Hi Daily News, Grand Elk, Grand Lake Sports, Grand Sports, Highland Lumber, Home James Transportation, Ian’s Mountain Bakery, Icebox Mountain Sports, The Inn at SilverCreek, Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell, Lost Boys, Mad Munchies, McDonald’s, Mo Henry’s Trout Shop, Morrow & Sons, New Belgium Brewery, NRC Broadcasting, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Randi’s Irish Saloon, Rendezvous, Rocky Mountain Roastery, Rudi’s Deli, 7 Mile Clinic, Running Wild, Safeway, Sani-King, Sharkies, Showboat, Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse & Saloon, Subway, Trailblazers Tours, Untamed Steakhouse, Wildfire Mitigation& Restoration, LLC, YMCA/Snow Mountain Ranch and Winter Park Resort. The following organization also deserve recognition for their support: BLM Kremmling Field Office, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs, Continental Divide Trails Alliance, Fraser Valley Metro Rec District, Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails, Granby Rec District, Grand County Road and Bridge, Grand County Search and Rescue, Grand County Wilderness Group, Grand Foundation, Grand Lake Chamber, Greater Granby Area Chamber, Headwaters Trails Alliance, High Rockies Hikers, Kremmling Chamber, Leave No Trace, Grand County EMS, NPS Rocky Mountain National Park, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, the towns of Fraser, Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs Kremmling and Winter Park, USFS Sulphur Ranger District and the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber. And a warm thank you to all the volunteers (over 200 individuals) that showed up in the early-morning hours to give up an entire Saturday of their time and lots of physical effort to work on trails and other needed projects on our public lands. Without their enthusiasm and dedication, National Public Lands Day would not be possible. Mark you calendars for next years NPLD: September 27th. Cindy KlehFraser

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