Letter — Trash cleanup resort’s priority
On behalf of Kirkwood Mountain Resort, I am responding to a letter published on 11/15/02 from Deby O’Gorman regarding trash she found while hiking around the resort a couple of months ago.
Kirkwood is proud of its record on environmental practices and related programs. Every year we hire a crew for a 2-month period after the snow melts, specifically to collect and remove trash from the ski hill. Kirkwood also has set aside certain days in the summer when resort employees as well as homeowners gather in a community effort for a “March on the Meadow,” collecting trash around the Kirkwood Valley as well as on the mountain. With 2,300 acres of ground to cover, it is huge task.
The Mormon Emigrant Trail, a national historic trail, passes through Kirkwood near the bottom of Chairs 3 and 4. The section of the Emigrant Trail from the bottom of Chair 4 to West Pass was cleaned thoroughly by staff members this summer. The Emigrant Lake Trail, running from Caples Lake spillway to Emigrant Lake, was adopted by Kirkwood Mountain Resort in 2000. Our staff maintains it by performing trail maintenance, removing unapproved fire-rings, and collecting trash along this 3-mile section.
Several hundred thousand people visit Kirkwood throughout the year, most of whom respect and care for the surrounding area. It is unfortunate that there are individuals who do not share our reverence for the environment and who lack consideration for the impact of their actions. Trash cans are prominently and conveniently stationed at the base and top of every lift operating during both winter and summer seasons, as well as signage posted on lift towers to remind the public of proper trash disposal.
I will be contacting Ms. O’Gorman personally to thank her for pointing out this issue and to get a better description of the areas where the trash was found so that we can target those areas next summer. We consider trash removal one of our highest priorities, and every effort is made to clean it up during our short summer seasons.
Vice president, mountain operations
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