Outdoor volunteers earn honors | AspenTimes.com

Outdoor volunteers earn honors

Where would we be without volunteers?Nobody appreciates do-gooders like Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, the nonprofit based in Basalt that maintains and rehabilitates trails around the valley each summer, using the helpful hands of people who aren’t paid to be there. Last month the organization gave props to some of the people who worked the hardest this last summer, making our local trails safer, smoother and more splendid for all of us.

Roaring Fork Outdoors Volunteers, the volunteer-driven group that helps to maintain area trails for public use, recently honored the top RFOV volunteers from the busy 2006 project season.These hard-working volunteers and many others worked on 10 different trail maintenance or habitat rehabilitation projects from Rifle to Aspen.The 2006 RFOV Volunteer of the Year is Basalt resident Michael Thompson, who has volunteered with the organization since its start 11 years ago. Thompson serves on the RFOV board of directors as well as on three committees. He also is an expert trainer of crew leaders and continues to crew lead on two to three projects each year.The RFOV Pulaski Award winner for 2006 is Glenwood Springs resident Jamin Heady-Smith. The Pulaski honor, named after the fire fighting tool used on trail projects, goes to the volunteer who participates in the most work days. Heady-Smith donated his time to eight work projects and joined the Volunteer Development Committee.

The RFOV Crew Leader of the Year honoree is Eileen Wysocki of New Castle. In addition to being an energetic crew leader, she serves on the board and volunteers for a committee.

RFOV New Crew Leader of the Year award winner is Billy Barbour of Basalt. A volunteer for several years, Barbour now leads safe volunteer crews who build great, sustainable trail sections.RFOV Project Partner of the Year honoree to Forest Service employee and Basalt resident Jon Thompson, who helped to implement a number of trail projects including Forest Hollow in Glenwood Springs, Crater Lake/West Maroon and Basalt Mountain. Thompson works with Adopt-A-Trail groups and sits in on two RFOV committees.

RFOV Food Sponsor of the Year award winner is Ken Smith, brewmaster at the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub, for his fabulous and consistent support.RFOV has been promoting stewardship of public lands and trails since 1995 with almost 100 projects to date. The organization is in the project selection process for a busy 2007 season. For more information, call RFOV at 927-8241 or visit http://www.rfov.org.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.