Protecting Our Forests
Since September 2006, Vail Resorts and the National Forest Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, have partnered to raise money for forest conservation and trail restoration projects in Colorado's White River National Forest and the national forests of Lake Tahoe Basin in California and Nevada, where we operate our five mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.
An essential investment.
We offer guests at our mountain resorts the opportunity to participate in this special fundraising effort by contributing $1 on season passes, $1 on online lift ticket transactions and $1 per room night at our Colorado-based lodging properties.
Proceeds collected by our Company are matched with additional funds by the National Forest Foundation and donated to fund conservation projects through more than a dozen non-profit organizations in the two forest areas, which total more than 2.3 million acres. These projects include trail and forest recreation improvements, wildlife habitat and watershed restoration, and community-based forestry programs.
Making a difference.
In April 2007, Vail Resorts was awarded by the National Forest Foundation for making conservation a priority and for our commitment to engage communities in natural resource stewardship. With matched funds, the total amount is more than $1.2 million to date that has been raised for projects to restore and improve our neighboring national forests in Colorado and California .
Proceeds raised through this program has helped to accomplish more than 50 on-the-ground conservation projects in our national forests for future generations to enjoy. We salute the many organizations and hundreds of volunteers for their tireless work and countless hours improving the health of our national forests. Here are just a few of those projects.
Young adolescents from the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps performed trail maintenance and and undertook forest rehabilitation on areas in Summit County, Golden Horseshoe in the Dillon Ranger District and Holy Cross Wilderness in the Eagle Ranger District. They also completed critical alpine restoration work on Pyramid Peak and trail maintenance work on all 14,000-foot peaks in the White River National Forest.
The Wilderness Volunteers constructed waterbars, checkdams, turnpikes and a 20-foot double log stringer bridge to prevent erosion on the Gore Range Trail and Maroon-Snowmass Trail in the White River National Forest.
More than 200 volunteers from the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers reconstructed and performed maintenance work on four trail projects in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District.
Groups from the Eagle County Youth Conservation Corps built trails and abated weeds for wildfire mitigation on several forest health projects in Eagle County.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado delivered 690 volunteer hours to complete six trail restoration and maintenance projects in both Summit and Eagle counties. Several of those projects included Mahan Lakes Trail, Silverthorne/Wheeler Adopt-A-Trail, Ptarmigan Adopt-A-Trail, Golden Horseshoe Adopt-A-Trail and the Mt. Royal/Masontown Trail Training Project.