Skico employees pony up funds for ‘Drool’ protection |

Skico employees pony up funds for ‘Drool’ protection

In its 14th round of grant making, the Environment Foundation founded by Aspen Skiing Co. employees recently donated $62,990 to a variety of environmental causes throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

The foundation has donated more than $618,000 since it was created by Skico employees in 1997. In this cycle, 19 organizations requested more than $100,000.

Funded projects represent a broad range of environmental issues facing the Roaring Fork Valley:

– Grand Valley Citizen’s Alliance received $10,000 to support a gas field community protection campaign. The group, part of Western Colorado Congress, works to ensure that natural gas development occurs in a way that respects and protects the environment and communities.

– The Access Fund and Aspen Valley Land Trust received $3,000 to explore a conservation easement on the Redstone property that is home to the famous “Drool” ice climb. Preserving the property creates an open space amenity while protecting access to a recreational treasure.

– The Colorado 14ers Initiative received $5,000 to support its work repairing the trail on Pyramid Peak, which is now severely eroded.

– The Pitkin County Landfill received $3,000 to support a computer and electronics recycling day and educational campaign.

– Colorado Mountain Club and Aspen Wilderness Workshop received $8,000 to support a grassroots campaign to preserve 280,000 acres of wilderness in Colorado.

– The Ferdinand Hayden Chapter of Trout Unlimited received $2,000 to support its annual Roaring Fork River cleanup project.

– Aspen Valley Land Trust received $5,000 to permanently monitor the Nieslanik property conservation easement in Carbondale. The property is on the East Mesa, which is Carbondale’s eastern viewshed.

– Mid-Valley Trails Committee received the second part of a two-part grant ($4,000 of a total of $7,500) to create a Hooks-Spur Road trailhead link to the Rio Grande Trail in Basalt.

– Aspen Center for Environmental Studies received $4,000 to continue its educational and stewardship work in the valley.

– The White River Conservation Project received $2,000 to protect core wildlife habitat and movement corridors on the White River National Forest by reducing the number of roads and trails in these areas and allowing increased recreational activity in areas where it will have less impact.

– Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers received $5,000 to support a variety of trail work projects, including rehabilitation of trails at the ghost town of Independence.

– Computers for Kids received $3,000 to support its work keeping computers out of the landfill.

– Carbondale’s Environmental Board received $1,000 to publicize its Earth Day party in the park.

– The Holden Center received $5,000 to support the environmental ethics component of its course work with local high school students.

– Glenwood Parks and Recreation Explore program received $2,000 to support the Explore hiking and adventure program for youths.

– Andrea Chacos’ third-grade class at Carbondale Elementary School received $990 for several trips to Rock Bottom Ranch and Hallam Lake for environmental education classes with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

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