Sorcerer Lodge in Golden has been recognized as the first Whitebark Pine Friendly Ski Area in Canada by the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation.
The foundation is hosting a recognition ceremony and reception Nov. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at Mt. Begbie Brewery.
Whitebark pine is an endangered high elevation tree species, commonly growing within ski areas; thus, ski areas have a unique management responsibility for the survival of the tree.
This program recognizes ski areas that have contributed to the recovery of whitebark pine through diligent management actions.
According to a news release the intent of this program is to:
- Recognize ski areas that are leaders in whitebark pine recovery
- Increase awareness among ski areas
- Provide guidance to ski areas in conservation efforts
- Provide opportunities for ski areas and their patrons to be directly involved in whitebark pine recovery
- Preserve whitebark pine to be enjoyed by future generation of recreationists
“Sorcerer Lodge has been supporting whitebark pine recovery for over a decade by providing a base for recovery specialists, educating guests, developing local mapping and recovery projects and contributing financially to the recovery of the species,” said a news release from the foundation.