OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – KEYSTONE, Colo. – June, 6, 2008 – Keystone Resort and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) are celebrating National Trails Day by kicking-off a summer program that helps Keystone Resort guests save on lodging while giving back to the environment. Volunteers who participate in Friends of the Dillon Ranger Vacation Stewards Experiences receive a 15 percent discount on overnight accommodations for the day prior and the day of the stewardship in Keystone Resort. Volunteers can participate in National Trails Day by working on trail restoration projects with the FDRD on June 7th and additional dates throughout the summer.
The Volunteer Steward Vacations and Keystone’s Give and Getaway Package provides an opportunity for local volunteers and guests to help contribute to protecting the environment and improving Summit County’s natural resources. The notion of “voluntourism” or US travelers who are interested in volunteering while on vacation is on the rise. A 2007 study by Forrester Research estimates that 3.5 million adult US travelers are interested in incorporating a volunteer or social service experience on their vacation. These projects provide an excellent opportunity for Keystone guests to connect with the local community and the local National Forest lands during their stay, thus enhancing their vacation experience. Through their participation, these Stewards help ensure that these natural resources are available for the enjoyment for this and future generations.
Through the FDRD projects participants gain a better understanding of important issues of maintaining a sustainable trail system, learning about responsible trail use and ethics, forest regulations and values, trail safety, and environmental stewardship.
2008 dates for FDRD’s Summit Vacation Stewards Experiences are:
June 7 National Trails Day–Acorn Creek Trail Maintenance
July 12 Pulling For Colorado – Invasive Weed Pull
Aug 7 Resort Clean Up – A-Basin
Aug 9 Fuels Reduction-Fire Mitigation
Sept 6-7, 20-21 Webster Pass Trail Maintenance
Sept 13-14 Meadow Creek-Lily Pad Lakes Trail Maintenance
Sept 27 National Public Lands Day – FDRD Volunteer Celebration Day and Project
Volunteers provide their own transportation to and from the trailhead, personal gear including food and water, hiking gear, boots, work gloves, rain gear, sunscreen and appropriate outdoor clothing. Pets are not permitted. Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. FDRD provides informational materials and educational components for volunteers. For reservations call 1-800-468-5004.
For more information about Keystone Resort and it’s Give and Getaway lodging packages, visit www.keystoneresort.com or call 800.468.5004. For more information on FDRD visit www.fdrd.org <http://www.fdrd.org/> or call 970.389.6058.