Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort Owner Richard D. Bass and President Bob Bonar will be honored by the National Forest Foundation (NFF) for their conservation leadership. A reception and honorary dinner, to be held at the Silver Lake Lodge on Oct. 4 in Park City, will celebrate Snowbird’s commitment to its local environment and distinction as the first ski resort in the nation to partner with the NFF in establishing a Ski Conservation Fund.
Snowbird made history in March of 2006 by being the first ski resort to partner with the NFF in an effort to provide funds for the surrounding Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. More than $120,000 has been raised by Snowbird through $1 donations per each guest stay at Snowbird properties.
“Due to the leadership of Dick Bass and Bob Bonar, participation in the Ski Conservation Fund has grown to 23 ski areas that all provide the opportunity for guests to support local conservation initiatives,” said Bill Possiel, NFF President. The fund has resulted in more than $1.5 million raised for local forest stewardship projects across the country.
“We’re extremely proud of our successful relationship with the NFF and the Forest Service,” said Snowbird President Bonar. “Snowbird’s guests and employees cherish the beautiful surroundings here in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and we’ll continue to do all we can to protect this precious resource.”
The NFF leverages donations with both cash and in-kind support by supporting local nonprofit groups to implement conservation, restoration and recreation projects in the National Forests in partnership with the Forest Service. Funded organizations in Utah include the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, which oversees watershed restoration initiatives in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and Save Our Canyons, which administers a trail maintenance program in the area.
Snowbird has a longstanding history of environmental stewardship, including a resort-wide dedication to energy-efficiency, revegetation and public transportation. Snowbird was awarded the National Ski Areas Association Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence for undertaking a mine restoration project in American Fork Canyon, as well as the 2007 Earth Day Award from the Utah Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Achievement Award.
If media members would like to attend the honorary celebration and dinner on the evening of Oct. 4, or for more information on Snowbird’s partnership with the NFF, please contact Jared Ishkanian at (801) 933-2047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the National Forest Foundation
Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) works to conserve, restore and enhance America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System. Through community-based strategies and public-private partnerships, the NFF enhances wildlife habitat, revitalizes wildfire-damaged landscapes, restores watersheds and improves recreational resources for the benefit of all Americans. The NFF’s Friends of the Forest® program helps build awareness of the issues and values surrounding our National Forests through outreach and volunteer opportunities. To learn more, visit us at www.nationalforests.org.