FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Neil Sinclair, President, Save Our Ancient RedRocks (S.O.A.R.)
Save Our Ancient Redrocks (SOAR), the fiduciary non-profit for the Coalition for a Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument, is now a proud sponsor of the SEDONA TRAIL KEEPERS program and a member of the RED ROCK TRAILS FUND Workgroup.
Sedona Trail Keepers’ goal is to raise $250,000 to maintain and expand Sedona’s Red Rock Forest trails by having organizations and businesses sponsor a trail and commit to financially sustain existing trails. This program is sponsored by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau in conjunction with the City of Sedona, the US Forest Service, and the local business community.
And SOAR is now a member of the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (RRTF), a local non-profit community organization dedicated to finding more funding for the Red Rock (Forest) Trails; learn more at www.redrocktrailfund.com.
“The National Forest around Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek receives an amazing amount of use by residents and millions of tourists annually, causing significant wear and tear on our trails. The health of our trail system is threatened due to reduced Forest Service funding. It has become essential, for those of us who treasure and benefit from our trails, to come together to address this challenge,” said Jennifer Burns, the RRTF President, and former NFS/RRRD Recreation Ranger.
If we don’t address this challenge, “the trails will deteriorate, the land around them will be blemished, and the many trail related benefits we enjoy will diminish over time.”
“We couldn’t agree more with Jennifer’s assessment of our Forest Trails,” said SOAR President and Coalition Chair, Neil Sinclair. “Since June 2015, we have been putting our passion where our talk is when it comes to taking care of (and saving) Red Rock Country. Our goal is a National Monument designation – a pathway that would protect Red Rock Country, its trails, watershed and ancient history for generations to come and make us more eligible for grants that could help the financially strapped Forest Service to preserve the area’s natural and cultural history. ”