VR employees help with water, rec projects
September 11, 2012
VAIL, Colorado – On Saturday, 250 Vail Resorts employees and their families converged along the Eagle River and at the Eagle River Preserve in Edwards for a day to give back to our community. Before they were through, 1,000 volunteer hours were donated to local environmental projects. The enthusiastic volunteers planted over 300 trees and built over a half-mile of new public nature trails. These projects were designed to benefit our local watershed and provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the people of our community.
Employees of both Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort, through the Vail Resorts Echo program, partnered with the Eagle River Watershed Council and the Eagle Valley Land Trust for the third annual Vail Resorts Echo Day held last Saturday. Vail and Beaver Creek employees, friends and families completed the Eagle River Restoration Project along the river, and expanded the hiking trails at the Eagle River Preserve, a publicly accessible, 72-acre park in Edwards.
“The Land Trust and the Watershed Council are proud to have Vail Resorts Echo as our partner in environmental conservation and stewardship, especially on VR Echo Day,” said Scott Conklin, projects manager for the Eagle Valley Land Trust. “The Echo program strongly supports our organizational missions by providing financial assistance to our programs, volunteer hours for our projects and community leadership in environmental protection.”
Launched in August 2010, VR Echo Day is an annual, company-wide volunteer day for Vail Resorts employees and their families. Focused on projects that are meaningful in the local resort communities where the company operates, VR Echo Day hosted seven events for employees and their families and friends last weekend. This year’s VR Echo Days took place on Tahoe’s North and South Shores, in Colorado’s Summit and Eagle Counties along with Colorado’s Front Range, where the corporation’s headquarters is located. Smaller projects took place in Jackson, WY and other VR Caribbean properties.
In Eagle County, it was gloriously sunny and warm on Saturday for the 250 volunteers who donated their time and energy. Everyone had a fun, productive day of work and camaraderie by joining forces with the local Watershed Council and Land Trust to complete these needed environmental projects for our community. At the conclusion of the successful 2012 VR Echo Day, volunteers were treated to lunch by Moe’s Original Barbeque.
To learn more about Vail Resorts Echo, the company’s corporate sustainability program, visit http://www.vailresortsecho.com.