Alta, UT – Quaking Aspen trees have become iconic subjects in photographs and artwork depicting the American West, so it comes as no surprise that on March 26, 2014 it was designated as Utah’s new state tree. Combine Aspen with the “Greatest Snow on Earth” and you get Skiing & Trees.
TreeUtah, a statewide 501(c)(3)non-profit since 1989, is partnering with Alta Ski Area to present the 2nd annual Skiing & Trees symposium from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. This year’s topic will be Aspen — their current state throughout Utah, as well as the recreational benefits they supply, and potential recreational impacts on this tree. Gather for an early morning of pre-public skiing, breakfast, and a lively discussion with leading experts in academia, government, and the private sector.
“This is an exciting event that brings the skiing community and local experts together to discuss the future of trees, how it will impact our businesses and the places we all love,” says Amy Collins, TreeUtah Executive Director.
In support of TreeUtah, forest health, environmental awareness, and your general well-being through outdoor recreation, Alta Ski Area and TreeUtah welcomes all to join this event. Meet at 8 a.m. on the 5th at Alta’s Albion Grill.
“It is our duty to ensure Alta addresses the challenges of maintaining a healthy national forest for our skiers, wildlife, and protected watershed,” notes Alta’s Sustainability Coordinator, Maura Olivos. “We invite people from all industries to come, ski, and learn more about the true value and interdependence of recreation and the natural environment.”
Tickets cost $125 each, or $75 for season pass holders. A table for eight may be reserved for $875, or breakfast and the forum alone costs $35. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.treeutah.org/skiing-trees or see the Facebook event page.