Words by Alta Athlete, McKenna Peterson
Last Saturday I was asked by the lovely Hannah Whitney to come hike around Alta for the day and plant some trees. My mind immediately jumped to memories of ripping through the trees of Eagle’s Nest and a smile spread across my face. “Yes! I will definitely go plant trees at Alta!”
Hannah is the volunteer coordinator at TreeUtah, an Alta athlete, and an avid environmentalist. Together with the Alta Environmental Center and Alta Ski Area, TreeUtah organized a massive volunteer tree planting at the resort. As the 130 volunteers gathered in the Albion parking lot, I was impressed to see the large age diversity of the volunteers. But, this is Alta, the winter home and playground for people of all ages. Alta is loved by all skiers, so, of course there would be a lot of volunteers! Hannah and TreeUtah did an amazing job of organizing groups and efficiently spreading 2,400 new trees throughout the resort. The youngsters were in charge of planting Engleman Spruce while the “bigger kids” hiked and rode lifts to deliver Limber Pines to their preferred rocky/cliffy habitat. My group was assigned to the Supreme area where we planted a bunch of Limber Pines on either side of the Challenger run. Those lucky little trees sure are going to have a lifetime of beautiful views.
Learn more about Tree Utah - http://treeutah.org.
Learn more about the Alta Environmental Center - http://www.altaence.com.
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