When Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) opens for the summer season on June 13, it will be doing more than spinning the lifts and hosting outdoor fun like hiking, biking, concerts and the Adventure Park. Many resort-managed culinary outlets and retail locations will begin adding 1 percent to visitors’ bills to collect funds for the Crested Butte Land Trust’s ongoing stewardship efforts.
Called Tip for the Trust Stewardship Fund, the new program is part of a plan to redirect CBMR’s conservation efforts toward stewardship. The program will ultimately take the place of the resort’s participation in local nonprofit 1% for Open Space, which raises funds to protect undeveloped land in the Gunnison Valley.
According to CBMR’s director of innovations and relations Erica Mueller, “In addition to conserving land and designating it as open space, we feel strongly that we need ongoing stewardship of the land that has already been protected. This means working to ensure clean water in our rivers and lakes, restoring abandoned mining areas, maintaining trails, and much more.” Click here for full story.