Foundation hopes to raise money for sustainable trails
The South Summit Trails Foundation has been around for less than a year, but it’s already working on several projects on the East Side of Summit County.
The Foundation, a nonprofit whose goal is to create sustainable trails in the Kamas Valley, will host a "Tools for Trails" fundraiser on Friday to raise money to buy some basic equipment to build new trails and maintain others. Currently, the foundation borrows tools from the Mountain Trails Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.
The event will take place at 5 p.m. at the Cattleman’s Hall in Oakley and will offer food, music, carnival games and a silent auction.
The Bluegrass band Honky Blue Tonky will play and the Green Valley Adventure Company will also be on hand to help people tune up their bikes. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 dollars for children.
SSTF Board of Directors President Tom Noaker said the fundraiser represents the start of a long process.
"It’s just going to be an introduction so that people who don’t know anything about us get to know who we are and what we are doing," he said. "We know where we are going and we have the scaffolding to get there, now it’s just a matter of getting some of these projects in the ground."
Currently, the foundation is working on a 16.8-mile set of new trails at the High Star Ranch in Kamas. The trail is being designed and built by a private contractor and the foundation is providing volunteer support.
The trail is expected to be complete by late August and from there the foundation will move on to other projects in the area, including a potential extension of trail near the Rock Cliff Nature Preserve.
SSTF Board of Directors Secretary Rae Sutherland said the foundation hopes to make the East Side of Summit County accessible for years to come.
"Our goal is to connect the South Summit area through recreational opportunities so future generations can enjoy outdoor recreation in the area," she said.
South Summit Trails Foundation’s "Tools for Trails" fundraiser will be held at Cattleman’s Hall, 4300 N. S.R. 32 in Oakley, on Friday, June 10, starting at 5 p.m. For more information about the South Summit Trails Foundation visit http://www.southsummittrails.org.
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