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Chinwagging and Wine at the Galena Creek Visitor Center

Galena Creek Visitor CenterGalena Creek Visitor Center is kicking off a new environmental discussion series, Chinwagging and Wine, Friday, January 28 from 7-9 p.m. At this discussion series we’ll be learning about the work and research of local environmental academics, researchers, and professionals. After each presentation, we’ll be discussing the importance of this work in our ever more environmentally conscious world in a friendly atmosphere over wine and cheese. 

For our first event, learn about the ground we walk on with Dr. Dale Johnson, a soil scientist with University of Nevada, Reno! Dr. Johnson will be presenting his research, which explores the relationship between soils, nitrogen availability, post-fire erosion events, and cheatgrass. After the talk, we’ll be discussing the value soils research in order to better understand how to best conserve our soils and potentially starve out problematic invasive plant species, and the importance of soil health in times of a growing global population.

21 and older please. Advance registration is required.  $10/person donation strongly encouraged. To register for this event, or for more information, please contact the visitor center at: (775) 849-4948 or by email at: visitorcenter@thegreatbasininstitute.org.

-Stefanie Givens

Lake Tahoe ski resorts score high on the environment

Two Lake Tahoe ski resorts – Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA – scored top 10 placement on the Ski Area Citizens Coalition environmental scorecard, reflecting their leadership in creating green best practices. Here is coalition’s breakdown of top-scoring ski areas:

# Name Grade
1 (A) Aspen Mountain Ski Resort – Colorado 85.7%
2 (A) Buttermilk Mountain Ski Resort – Colorado 85.2%
3 (A) Sundance Resort – Utah 82.2%
4 (A) Park City Mountain Resort – Utah 79.1%
5 (A) Squaw Valley USA – California 78.3%
6 (A) Alpine Meadows Ski Area – California 77.4%
7 (A) Aspen Highlands Ski Resort – Colorado 76.7%
8 (A) Bogus Basin Mountain Resort – Idaho 74.8%
9 (A) Mount Bachelor Ski Area – Oregon 74.8%
10 (A) Telluride Ski Resort – Colorado 74.3%



It should be noted that although others in the ski industry are hard at work minimizing their environmental footprint, the scorecard reflects negative value for new development – and several resorts are expanding their villages, on-mountain amenities and terrain.