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Corporate Collaboration Benefits the Community

Two non-profit organizations and seven corporations collaborated to organize more than 500 volunteers to help build a new public trail at Clear Creek.

May 28, 2013

Over the past several weeks, employees and their families from Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant & Distribution Center, Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Reno, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Harley-Davidson Financial Services, GE Measurement and Control, Southwest Gas, NPL, Carson Valley Trails Association and The Nature Conservancy put in hundreds of hours of hard labor to help construct a new trail that will open a beautiful natural area to the public. Additional community volunteer events were held – many also attended by some of the same corporate volunteers - to bring the total number of volunteered hours to over 3,000 hours! Work will continue throughout the remainder of 2013 and the new trail will open to the public early next spring.

“The new trail traverses a beautiful landscape across public and private lands with scenic vistas and small canyons,” says Jeremy Vlcan, Director of Trail Operations for the Carson Valley Trails Association, “and when completed will be about nine miles in length - linking Jacks Valley Road in Douglas County on the south end with Highway 50 in Carson City on the north end.”

“I think it’s fantastic that these organizations could come together to benefit the local community,” says Jason Tollmann, Plant Manager for the Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center. “We’ve had employees from our corporate partners and their families join in on several days to work on the trail. When so many groups come together for a common goal, it’s incredible how much work you can get done – no matter how rugged the terrain!”

“When the Clear Creek trail opens next Spring, it will be available for hiking, wildlife viewing, trail running, mountain biking and equestrian use by visitors and locals alike,“ says Matt Krystofiak of Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe.

“We had fun with a friendly competition with our corporate partners here to see who could build the most amount of trail,” says Kyle Francis of GE Energy. “In the end, though, it was about getting out into beautiful surroundings and coming together to provide a resource for our community.”

“We are so pleased to be part of an effort that really adds to the quality of life for our community,” says Maggie Ellison of Southwest Gas.

“These community service events are also great learning opportunities,” says Duane Petite of The Nature Conservancy, “giving participants a chance to learn how local forests, meadows and wetlands team up to provide the clean water upon which all life depends.”

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Duane Petite
Carson River Project Director, The Nature Conservancy

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