Alta Ski Area Plants Thousands of Trees in 2013
Alta, UT – November 25, 2013: Alta Ski Area’s summer project list included the planting of 4,000 native tree seedlings. Typically the ski area annually plants about a thousand trees, but this summer was different. Alta was able to multiply its efforts with help from the Forest Service, Tree Utah, over 300 volunteers from five additional partners and a number of its own summer staff. The plantings consisted of 3,100 Limber Pines (Pinus flexilis) and 900 Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmannii). Alta Ski Area also added 400 seedlings to its on-site nursery. These tree management efforts are a part of Alta’s comprehensive Vegetation Management Plan.
“We are stewards, not just a ski operation,” said Onno Wieringa, Alta’s general manager. “We take great pride in maintaining Alta’s ecosystem for our operations today and for its continuance into the future.” Alta’s voluntary Vegetation Management Plan supports an adaptive conservation approach in multiple management areas, including Bark Beetle, Forest Stand Health, Weed Control, Ecological Restoration, Land Disturbance Monitoring, Native Seed Collection and Environmental Education. The plan allows for a systematic seasonal routine:
“Alta Ski Area takes overseeing National Forest, a protected watershed, and the culture of skiing very seriously and has since its inception in 1938” said Maura Olivos, Sustainability Coordinator and Ecologist for Alta’s Alta Environmental Center. “Our mission is sustainability – to protect and improve the well-being of Alta’s environment, ski industry and community.”
For more information on Alta Ski Area’s conservation management efforts or its sustainability department, the Alta Environmental Center, visit www.alta.com or contact Maura Olivos, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801.832.1700.