Vail Mountain cleanup is June 29 |

Vail Mountain cleanup is June 29

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail Mountain and Vail Resorts Echo invite community volunteers to join employees for the annual mountain cleanup, scheduled for June 29. Also, 1,500 lodgepole saplings will be planted on Vail Mountain in an effort to help reforest areas affected by the mountain pine beetle.

Following traditional cleanup efforts in the morning, a limited number of volunteers will have the opportunity to plant the lodgepole saplings supplied by the U.S. Forest Service for the second consecutive year. Planting will take place across approximately 30 acres of terrain where lodgepole trees affected by the mountain pine beetle were cleared or thinned in 2008 and 2010. Vail Mountain, in combined effort with the U.S. Forest Service, anticipates continued tree planting efforts on an annual basis in areas that have been impacted by the mountain pine beetle.

All volunteers are encouraged to pre-register at the Mountain Information Center and complete release waivers prior to cleanup day. Volunteers are asked to meet at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19) in Lionshead by 8 a.m. with their own work gloves, water, sun block, hat, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes and clothing for inclement weather.

At 12 p.m., the Vail Mountain dining staff will host a free barbecue at Eagle’s Nest for all volunteers, at which time a single-day complimentary lift ticket voucher for the 2011-2012 winter season will be distributed to volunteers.

The first 60 volunteers who pre-register to plant trees will receive a second ticket for their additional time and efforts. Tree planting volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. at Eagle’s Nest for further instructions from team leaders.

To pre-register, provide your name and the number of people in your party to the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead, open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or via phone at (970) 754-VAIL (8245). Liability releases are available in the Mountain Information Center or online at

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