Schuemaker is RFOV volunteer of the month |

Schuemaker is RFOV volunteer of the month

Trina OrtegaRoaring Fork Outdoor VolunteersPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoLinda Schuemaker, second from left, is the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers volunteer of the month. She's shown here on a tamarisk removal project in Glenwood Springs along with her husband, Mark, second from right, and two other volunteers.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Head out with a crew on a Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers work day, browse through the semi-annual newsletters, sit in a chair of the (proverbial) board room, or click around on the RFOV website and you’ll see the handprint of volunteer Linda Schuemaker. The Glenwood Springs resident has helped with nearly every RFOV program – including the creation of some – since 1999. She has been a crew leader; helped form the Marketing & Publications Committee and served as chair for nine years; was on the Town to Town Tour Committee and designed the original marketing materials and signage; served on the RFOV Board of Directors for nine years; and is a project day volunteer and ambassador. “Linda has given us more volunteer hours over the years than any other single volunteer, hands down,” said RFOV Executive Director David Hamilton. “She’s the all-around perfect volunteer, board member and committee member. She takes on responsibilities and at the same time continues to go with the flow as the organization grows.” As a writer, editor and graphic designer who does environmental planning and public outreach for Otak in Carbondale, Linda’s professional skills have been invaluable for RFOV. She continues to serve on the marketing committee, designing and producing the newsletter and recently assisting with the redesign of RFOV’s website.She originally learned about RFOV through an article in the newspaper and cut out the list of projects. After seeing photos of the actual work, “the lightbulb went on,” said Linda. Her husband, Mark, also volunteers with RFOV. To this day, she still is blown away by how much a group of volunteers can accomplish in a single day.”I love volunteering with RFOV because of the amazing and generous people, the fact that we make a real contribution to maintaining and improving our little bit of paradise, and the opportunity to learn lots of new skills and satisfy my creative urge while supporting the organization,” she said. Two projects have been especially rewarding: building the first two segments of the Wulfsohn Trail system and planting the Jennie Adair Wetlands. The first time she cut into “virgin hillside” to build a new section of the Bobcat Trail above Rifle Falls was a little intimidating, she admits. “But it turned out great, and I was hooked.” Linda was named Volunteer of the Year in 2005 and Trail Steward of the Year in 2010, but sometimes there are never enough “thank-yous” to go around. Simply think of her next time you’re working on a trail, reading about RFOV, or enjoying a trail RFOV has worked on. She’ll have had a part in it one way or another.

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