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Join Friends of Alta on October 13th, for an introduction to our planned giving program, The Bill & Mimi Levitt Legacy Circle. This lovely evening will include a bourbon education class with small plate pairings, cello music by Maren Askins, and the chance to win 2 one-way JetBlue tickets courtesy of Sheridan Davis and JetBlue. Please RSVP to katie@friendsofalta.org. Space is limited to first 50 registrants! ... See MoreSee Less

Bourbon Education Class

October 13, 2017, 6:00pm - October 13, 2017, 9:30pm

On October 13th, Friends of Alta will be hosting an event at the Black Bear Chalet in Alta to introduce our planned giving program, The Bill & Mimi Levitt Legacy Circle. This lovely evening will inclu...

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Join Tracy Aviary's expert birders along with Alta Environmental Center and Friends of Alta Monday, September 11th in search of our feathered friends that call Alta home. This event will start at 8:30 am and end around 12:00 pm. Come and help us expand our bird list! ... See MoreSee Less

Bird Survey

September 11, 2017, 8:30am - September 11, 2017, 12:30pm

Join Tracy Aviary’s expert birders this summer and fall in search of our feathered friends that call Alta home. Surveys are 8:30 am - 12:00 pm the second Monday of each month. Help us expand our bir...

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Join Friends of Alta on Friday, October 13th for an introduction to our planned giving program, the Bill and Mimi Levitt Legacy Circle. This lovely evening will include a bourbon education class with small plate pairings, cello music by Maren Askins, and the chance to win 2 one-way JetBlue tickets courtesy of Sheridan Davis and JetBlue! Space is limited, please RSVP to katie@friendsofalta.org. ... See MoreSee Less

Bourbon Education Class

October 13, 2017, 6:00pm - October 13, 2017, 9:30pm

On October 13th, Friends of Alta will be hosting an event at the Black Bear Chalet in Alta to introduce our planned giving program, The Bill & Mimi Levitt Legacy Circle. This lovely evening will inclu...

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Due to a fire near the Beehive Cheese factory in Weber Canyon, we will have to cancel the Cheese Class portion of the Weed Pull Social. We will reschedule a Cheese Class asap! ... See MoreSee Less

Due to a fire near the Beehive Cheese factory in Weber Canyon, we will have to cancel the Cheese Class portion of the Weed Pull Social. We will reschedule a Cheese Class asap. However, it's a lovely...

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We would like to thank everyone who attended our BYO Picnic and Hike to Bloods Lake. We would especially like to thank Marie Clarke from Utah Open Lands and Andy Beerman for talking to the group about all things Bonanza Flat! ... See MoreSee Less

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Make sure you stick around after our final community weed pull next week! Learn how to make flavored cheese with the experts from Beehive Cheese. You will take home and age your cheese to enjoy later. Pleas bring herbs etc to add as your flavoring. ... See MoreSee Less

Weed Pull Social & Making Flavored Aged Cheese with Beehive Chee

September 5, 2017, 5:00pm

Making Flavored Aged Cheese with Beehive Cheese / Weed Pull Social Tuesday, September 5th | 5pm Social l 6pm Class l Free Admission | Our Lady of the Snows 6pm Learn how to make flavored cheese with ...

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Our BYO Picnic and Hike to Bloods lake is happening this Friday, September 1st. As a community we saved Bonanza Flat, lets take some time to enjoy it! ... See MoreSee Less

Bonanza Flat BYO Picnic and Hike

September 1, 2017, 12:00pm - September 1, 2017, 4:00pm

Join Friends of Alta for a BYO (bring your own) picnic and hike to Bloods Lake. We will meet at the trailhead at noon then hike up. This is a relatively easy hike that is about 1 mile round trip. As a...

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Our Ongoing Commitment to Preserve Alta

Many of the programs listed below rely on volunteer support. Your time and effort has a huge impact on what we are able to accomplish on the ground. Please consider volunteering – review our calendar for details and opportunities or sign up on our volunteer page.

Invasive Weed Program

Invasive weeds can be experts at out competing native vegetation, especially after disturbances to the top soil. This is seen most readily in areas near roadways, trails and construction sites. In an effort to aid native vegetation, Friends of Alta co-hosts two invasive weed removal events per month during the summer. By combining our work with that of the Alta Environmental Center and Cottonwoods Canyon Foundation, our efforts are strengthened. This partnership has successfully kept the invasive weeds in Alta at bay. At the end of the season, volunteers celebrate with a potluck “Stewardship Social.”

Friends of Alta and the Alta Environmental Center have put together this native planting guide for residents and businesses in Alta.

Tree Planting

Friends of Alta’s stewardship interest in planting trees stems from mining activities and a unified goal to conserve wildlife habitat and help maintain and encourage a healthy watershed.

When mining came to an end in the 1930’s, Alta was left nearly treeless. This greatly increased the avalanche danger already present due to the steep angle of Alta’s slopes. In 1939, Alta Ski Lifts began operating and with the aid of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Alta began a long standing tradition of planting trees to reduce the risks from avalanches and improve the skier experience. As a result of these reforestation efforts, a good percentage of Alta’s trees are now of a similar age. Continued efforts by Friends of Alta, alongside plantings by Tree Utah and the Alta Environmental Center increase age diversity and support long term forest succession.

We need volunteers to help us plant seedlings and trees in September each year. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment we request that volunteers wear long pants, sturdy boots, gloves, sunscreen and bring an appropriate amount of food and water for the duration of the planting session.

Click here for information on the Memorial Tree Planting Program

Bark Beetles

The Spruce Bark Beetle and Mountain Pine Beetle are causing widespread tree mortality throughout the west and are now present in Alta. Unfortunately, bark beetle outbreaks are not preventable, but with proper planning their impact can be reduced. Our efforts to increase the age diversity of Alta’s forests will support the forest’s ability to recover after an attack. Alta Ski Area has been responding to the influx of beetles by monitoring and properly disposing of infested trees. Also, during our conservation easement inspections, Friends of Alta staff look for signs of beetle activity.

Alta Summer Booth Program

The Town of Alta is a year round recreational haven, with perfect powder snow in the winter and beautiful trails, scenery, flora and fauna in the summer. Friends of Alta provides financial assistance to the Town’s Alta Summer Booth Program; a free service to the public, providing helpful information on trails and recreational activities, along with National Forest and watershed regulations.

Alta Summer Host

Faced with an influx in summer visitors in Alta, FOA stepped in to provide additional public education and information beyond the Summer Booth Program. This effort helps reduce the negative impacts of thousands of visitors to Albion Basin annually. The Summer Host is a critical position in promoting watershed awareness, providing visitor information, and encouraging careful and sustainable recreation in this scenic area.  The Alta Summer Host is primarily an educational position fulfilled by FOA’s summer Bill Levitt Fellow. Hosts are on duty outside the Albion Day Lodge from late June through early September on weekends and holidays.

Primary Education Goals

  • Watershed Awareness: Albion Basin is the headwaters of a Salt Lake City protected watershed – it provides clean drinking water. The canyons of the Central Wasatch provide nearly 60% of the water to Salt Lake County residents.
  • Leave-No-Trace Ethic: Encourage ways to recreate within and visit the area without damaging this vital resource.
  • Recreation Information: Educate individuals and user groups about their options and access to provide the best experience based upon their group dynamics, preparedness, and desire for adventure.
  • General Information: Utilize the given resources to provide detailed information about the surrounding area, including trails, wildflowers, wildlife, bathrooms, restaurants, shuttle information, and more.

 

Wasatch Legacy Project

The mission of the Wasatch Legacy Project (WLP) is to undertake actions that conserve and sustain critical resources, create resilient ecosystems, and enrich the quality of life for Wasatch Front Citizen’s. The WLP builds on existing relationships and embraces new partners in a collaborative effort to enhance watershed conditions and provide sustainable outdoor recreation in the watersheds sustaining the Salt Lake valley.

Remediation of Zinc loading into Little Cottonwood Creek from past mining activities is just one of the projects this group has focused on. Through our membership with the WLP, Friends of Alta received and managed a 319 non-point source grant through the State of Utah and EPA to test different treatment methods and monitor the creek.