This month, the TMEF caught up with another Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund donor – Sidney Moon. Sidney supports the trails by giving of her time by volunteering with Friends of Wilderness and by supporting the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.
Learn more about why she loves and supports the trails –
- How do you enjoy the trails?
I love to hike on all kinds of trails, the more remote the better. I enjoy the trails around Steamboat as a training ground for longer hikes in local wilderness areas in the summer and snowshoeing in national forests in the winter.
- When did you first become a donor of the TMEF and what inspired you to give?
My husband, Doug, and I became donors to TMEF the year the fund was established. We had a background in university fundraising and were aware that endowments are the best way to ensure resources are preserved for future generations. When Doug died in 2018, he left a portion of one of his IRA’s to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund as a permanent legacy of gratitude. In addition, I volunteer with Friends of Wilderness, a nonprofit organization that patrols and maintains trails in the Mount Zirkel, Flat Tops, and Sarvis Creek Wilderness areas. I saw the TMEF as serving a similar trail maintenance function for trails outside the wilderness areas which are used heavily by locals and out of town visitors. It is important to me to participate in maintaining the trails which have meant so much to me over the years and to encourage local land managers to expand the Steamboat trail network in ecologically sensitive ways. For me the TMEF, is a way to give back to the community some of the joy the Steamboat area has given to me over the years.
- Can you share a memorable experience you’ve had on our local or area trails?
When friends and family visit from sea level, I love to take them for a hike on the new trail network on Buffalo Pass starting at Dry Lake Campground. The trails there are relatively easy for those adjusting to altitude, vary in difficulty and length, and always overwhelm visitors with their beauty.
- What is your vision for the future of trails in the Yampa Valley?
I envision that we will continue to develop trails with all types and abilities of users in mind, while preserving the wild character of the Yampa Valley and plenty of habitat for wildlife Further, I envision the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund growing to the point where all local trails can be built to modern standards and maintained at a high level. I would love to see more trails built by and for hikers.
- What is your message to people who have not given to the TMEF yet?
If you enjoy our local trails and believe they are an important resource for the community, consider supporting them with a donation. The number of people donating is an important measure of support for our trail system.
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