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Vail Mountain cleanup, tree-planting set for June 22

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – On the heels of the recent Vail Resorts’ volunteer day for the Hayman Restoration Partnership, Vail Mountain is looking for volunteers to join company staff and members of Eagle County’s Youth Conservation Corps for the annual mountain cleanup June 22.

New this year, 1,500 spruce seedlings will be planted on Vail Mountain in an effort to help reforest areas affected by the mountain pine beetle. The tree-planting will follow the morning cleanup.

Lodgepole pines that were affected or could be affected by the mountain pine beetle on approximately 16 acres of terrain on Vail Mountain were cleared in 2008. Treatment on an additional 26 acres of terrain began this spring and will continue this summer. This will be the first reforestation effort that Vail Mountain has conducted with the U.S. Forest Service and the resort anticipates continued tree planting efforts every year.

“Vail Mountain’s cleanup day has always been a great opportunity for all of us to give back to an environment that provides so much fun throughout the year and to pick up a few interesting treasures along the way,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “The addition of tree planting this year truly reflects the values of Vail Resorts in caring for our natural environments.”

Volunteers can pre-register and sign release waivers before meeting at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead at 8:15 a.m. Teams will be taken up the mountain at 8:30 a.m., provided with trash bags and directed to specific cleanup sites. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves, water, sunblock, hat, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes and clothing for inclement weather. In the case of severe weather, a decision will be made the morning of the clean up whether or not to continue or postpone the cleanup.

At 12:30 p.m., the Vail Mountain dining staff will host a complimentary barbecue at Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest for all volunteers, at which time a single-day lift ticket voucher for the 2010-2011 winter season will be distributed to volunteers. After lunch, teams will meet again to continue cleaning and hike down to the base area on assigned runs. Those who choose not to walk down the mountain may download the Eagle Bahn Gondola.

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, visit the Mountain Information Center in Lionshead or call 970-754-8245.

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