Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers honors outstanding participants |

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers honors outstanding participants

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) honored extraordinary volunteers at its annual awards ceremony and dinner on Oct. 28 at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Each year, RFOV recognizes project and committee volunteers who have gone the extra mile to help fulfill the nonprofit’s mission of promoting stewardship of public lands through volunteer opportunities for trail work and conservation projects.

The Pulaski Award goes to the volunteer who has completed the most RFOV projects in the season. The 2010 award winner is Carbondale resident Michael Hutton, who volunteered 11 times as a crew leader at these sites: Wulfsohn Open Space, Thompson Creek, AJAX Mountain Trail, Smuggler Trails, Hanging Lake. A crew leader since RFOV’s inception, Hutton also volunteered as an instructor at both crew leader trainings and at the Stone Steps Skills Seminar at Hanging Lake and also currently serves on the Crew Leader Development Committee.

Hutton is also the recipient of a special 15th Anniversary service award in 2010. Hutton got involved in 1995 as one of the founders of the organization. Because he had organized trail events in the Roaring Fork Valley, Hutton quickly bought into the concept of building an organization committed to involving volunteers year in and year out. He joined the board of directors as the secretary, traveled to the Denver area to learn to be a crew leader, and helped organize RFOV’s first projects in 1995. He has chaired the Projects Selection Committee and served on the committees responsible for managing RFOV’s Adopt-A-Trail Program and organizing crew leader trainings.

Jamin Heady-Smith of Glenwood Springs is RFOV’s Crew Leader of the Year. Heady-Smith’s story goes back to 2006, when he first volunteered for National Trails Day on the Scout Trail project in Glenwood Springs. Since that time, he has gotten more involved with RFOV and became a crew leader in 2007 and stepped up as technical advisor to help with project design and management in 2009. In 2010, Heady-Smith was the technical advisor on the Highline Trail project. Also this season, he led crews on Basalt Mountain, American Lake, and both Hanging Lake Days, in addition to instructing at the Glenwood Springs Crew Leader Training and at the Stone Steps Skills Seminar at Hanging Lake for a total of eight full work days with RFOV in 2010. Off the trail, Heady-Smith chairs RFOV’s Crew Leader Development Committee.

Since 1995, RFOV has engaged more than 12,800 volunteers on 137 large-scale projects. In 15 years RFOV, has built 26 miles of new trail, helped maintain another 241 miles, planted more than 11,200 trees and shrubs and 11 acres of wetlands. In total, RFOV has completed projects worth several million dollars in value to our trails, public lands, and community.

For more information, visit or call 927-8241.

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