Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Reno's REI Store Contributes For Trails Website

Lake Tahoe, Nev. — According to the Sierra Sun, a $18,000 grant from the Nevada Commission on Tourism, along with a $15,000 grant from Reno’s REI store, will be used to develop Sierra Front Web site as a clearinghouse for regional trail resources.

“With the Web site you’ll be able to say you want to go snowshoeing and it will pop up all the trails,” Paquita Bath, a spokesperson for Sierra Front, said. “We want to raise awareness and funds for the area’s outdoor recreation.”

Former Truckee Mayor Beth Ingalls added that the Web site will provide comprehensive information on trails that would otherwise be scattered through different organizations’ outreach programs.

Bath said the site will also be used to attract funds for other Sierra Front trail-building projects, which includes the Reno-to-Rim Trail. This trail connects Reno to the Tahoe Rim Trail and could be completed as soon as the summer of 2009. The trail will be about 15 miles long and will serve hikers and cyclists.

Mount Rose Ski Tahoe recently added a voluntary $5 donation on its season passes for the trail. More than 1,600 passholders have donated so far. Sierra Front will host its next trail-building training conference in May.

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