Alta Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Release Date: Feb 8, 2013  

Contact(s): Kathy Jo Pollock (801) 558-8016


Salt Lake, Utah, February 8, 2013 –Dave Whittekiend, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Supervisor, recently presented the Forest Service award for outstanding Ski Industry Leadership for Environmental Stewardship to Onno Wieringa, General Manger/President of Alta Ski Lifts. 

Alta Ski Lifts, has provided continued commitment for environmental stewardship with the creation of the Alta Environmental Center, with a full-time environmental coordinator and a native plant nursery, working closely with the Forest Service and other partners to mitigate historical impacts of mining and other uses, their slope re-vegetation program utilizing native plants and trees in the headwaters of a highly valued municipal watershed, supporting the Wasatch Water Legacy Partnerships and the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.

The Wasatch Water Legacy Partnership is a public/private venture dedicated to providing high-quality, sustainable recreation, maintain and improving water quality, and protecting and restoring critical watersheds.  The mission of the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation is to work to continuously improve the environments of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons through education and stewardship.


Forest Supervisor Presenting Environmental Stewardship Award to Snowbird and Alta Ski Areas 

From left to right, Bob Bonar, President of Snowbird Resort, David C. Whittekiend, Forest Supervisor, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Onno Wieringa, General Manager/President of Alta Ski Lifts