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July 6, 2012
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Volunteers for Rim To Reno kick off Trail Building Day

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, United States Forest Service-Carson Ranger District, Great Basin Institute and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and hundreds of volunteers made headway on the Rim to Reno project. The new trail will connect the Tahoe Rim Trail that circles the mountain ridges above Lake Tahoe to Reno. The Rim to Reno trail system will connect existing trails and create a new system that includes loops and will be accessible through the Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead, U.S. Forest Service’s Thomas Creek and White’s Creek Trailheads, and Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park, Lower White’s Creek and Lower Thomas Creek Trailheads.

Volunteer on Rim to Reno! A day on a trail work crew is a way to make an immediate, tangible difference in the community. More than 100,000 people use the TRT each year. In 2011, about 500 of them spent at least one day improving the safety, connectivity and recreational quality of the trail. Help reach the goal of 1,000 volunteers in 2012. Volunteers of all skill levels and physical abilities are welcome — no prior experience necessary.

Workdays begin Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with the Rim to Reno Kick Off event at the Mt. Rose Trailhead, top of Highway 431. The TRTA will provide lunch for volunteers. The Kick Off will start subsequent workdays occurring every Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., through Oct. 20, 2012.

Volunteers should bring lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, water and a backpack, (except for July 14) wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots, and work gloves. The TRTA will provide hard hats, trail building tools and expert crew leaders.

To join a volunteer work crew, register www.tahoerimtrail.org or contact Lindsey at 775-298-0239 trails@tahoerimtrail.org.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 6, 2012 03:41PM Published Jul 6, 2012 03:38PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.