Story by Barb Wilson, Carson Valley Trails Association
The Carson Valley Trails Association (CVTA) has been awarded a $25,000 challenge grant from the Bingham Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. This is a matching grant that requires CVTA to raise an additional $25,000 by March 31, 2014.
CVTA has launched a “Love Your Trails” campaign to raise the required match that offers several options for people who want to support CVTA’s fundraising effort. In addition to cash donations, new and renewal CVTA memberships received before March 31, 2014, will count toward the match. A donation/membership form can be downloaded and printed at http://www.carsonvalleytrails.org/. On February 7, 2014, CVTA will host a “Love Your Trails” fundraising event at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Details about this event will be posted soon on the CVTA website and Facebook page.
In 2012, CVTA and many community volunteers completed 16 miles of the non-motorized Genoa Trail System in the west side foothills overlooking the Genoa area. The Genoa Trail System project was funded by a $396,378 Question 1 grant from the Nevada Division of State Lands. Since the grand opening in 2012, this trail has attracted hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians. In addition, it was the site of the inaugural Genoa Peak Mad-a-thon in August of this year.
This year, CVTA and community volunteers have constructed 9.5 miles of trail in the Jacks Valley/Clear Creek area. This trail is expected to open in the spring of 2014. Recently, the Bureau of Land Management approved a CVTA proposal to construct two non-motorized loop trails on the east side of the Carson Valley – the 4-mile Pinyon Loop and the 6-mile Juniper Loop. Construction of the Pinyon Loop is expected to begin in the fall of 2014. These two trails will be planned, funded and constructed by CVTA.
When completed and opened to the public, these new trails will:
- Provide non-motorized linear and loop opportunities on the east side of the Carson Valley.
- Follow the Douglas County Comprehensive Trails Plan.
- Provide spectacular Carson Valley views.
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is a collection of charitable funds to benefit the communities of Western Nevada. More information is available online at www.nevadafund.org.
The Carson Valley Trails Association (CVTA) is a Nevada 501(c)(3) volunteer based nonprofit organization working with partners to provide access to public lands through a recreational trail system for present and future generations. Donations to CVTA may be tax deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170.c. of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. 170.c. More information about CVTA is available online at http://www.carsonvalleytrails.org/ and www.facebook.com/CarsonValleyTrails.