Carson Valley Trails Association to host annual meeting and social |

Carson Valley Trails Association to host annual meeting and social

“Connecting communities to nature through a system of trails” is the theme of the Carson Valley Trails Association’s annual meeting and social Jan. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Genoa Town Hall, 2287 Main St., Genoa. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The evening will begin with displays, refreshments and no-host bar from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and include a Genoa Foothill Trail System project update, introduction of National Park Service planner Deb Reardon who will work with CVTA in the year ahead, an update on recent grants awarded to CVTA and a preview of the fourth annual “Hike for Health” fundraising challenge.

In 2008, CVTA received a $396,378 Nevada Division of State Lands Question 1 grant to fund approximately two-thirds of the 22-mile Genoa Foothill Trail System project in the Genoa area. CVTA was also recently awarded a $40,000 grant from the Bingham Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada to help fund the project.

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting environmental assessment studies for this project. Vegetation studies were completed in October. CVTA needs to raise approximately $72,000 for trail construction expected to begin during spring 2011.

CVTA is making plans for the “Hike for Health” fundraising challenge beginning April 22 with a silent and live auction event at the Genoa Town Hall. A month-long “Hike for Health” trails challenge will continue through May 23. The program will provide hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and others with an opportunity to enjoy Carson Valley’s trails as well as raise funds to support the Genoa Foothill Trail System project. For more information about the April 22 auction event, contact Melissa Granat at (775) 783-1764. For information about the Trails Challenge, contact Chic and Sue Moxley at (775) 265-0766.

The Carson Valley Trails Association is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization working with partners to provide access to public lands through a recreational trail system for present and future generations to enjoy. Information about the organization is available at

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