Hike with a ranger this summer at Heavenly Mountain Resort

Contact(s): USDA Forest Service, Lisa Herron 530-543-2815

[Image]: Forest Service Shield.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - The sun is out, the snow is melting and now is the time to get out and enjoy summer on your National Forest lands! The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) along with our partner Heavenly Mountain Resort, invites the public to Hike with a Ranger beginning July 12, 2019. Hikes will take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11a.m. at the top of the Heavenly Gondola. The guided hikes last approximately one hour and continue every weekend through September 8, 2019, weather permitting.

Hikes are moderate in terms of difficulty, closed toed shoes and water are required for attendance, along with a ticket to ride the gondola. Remember to bring your sunscreen! No reservations are required and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should meet the rangers at the top of the gondola.

This Conservation Education program aims to provide an enjoyable opportunity to learn more about the Tahoe Basin and its environment. Rangers cover a variety of natural history topics, which help promote a deeper understanding of our natural resources while increasing environmental literacy and developing land stewardship ethics. Programs are led by LTBMU rangers and Heavenly’s own Eco Rangers. This program is made possible through the LTBMU’s invaluable partnership in outdoor recreation with Heavenly Mountain Resort.

For more information, contact Megan Dee at 530-543-2618 or email megan.dee@usda.gov.


A group gathers at the top of the Tamarack lift for Hike with a Ranger.


Photo caption: Hike with a Ranger takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. (weather permitting) this summer at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Photo credit: USDA Forest Service.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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