Did you know that the Jackson Hole Trail Network generates over $18,000,000 in commerce and $3,200,000 in salaries for Teton County businesses and residents? It takes just $150,000 to fund the trail crew to maintain and enhance the trail system during the summer season. Teton Freedom Riders, Friends of Pathways and the Bridger-Teton National Forest work together to raise these funds and employ a staff to maintain the area trail networks. In the past, these groups have cobbled together funding through grants, government programs, volunteer labor, fundraisers and individual contributions.
But this year funding has been hard to come by:
- So Teton Freedom Riders created the Jackson Hole Trails Consortium. The Consortium provides a way for local businesses to directly protect and enhance this intricate part of our local economy by funding the trail crew.
- What can your business do to support our trails and our economy?
You can also support trails by heading out to Teton Freedom Rider’s first dig day of 2012:
- Meet Saturday, May 26th at 10 am at the Trail Creek Trailhead for a full day of trail maintenance on Fuzzy Bunny and the Parallel trails. Sponsors include Kate’s Real Food (of course), Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Pearl Street Bagels and The Fine Dining Restaurant Group. We’ll see you there!