Trail Ambassadors

Trail Ambassador Program

In the Spring of 2018, the VVMTA and it’s Adopt A Trail program launched the Trail Ambassador program.  The VVMTA recognized the need to be the leaders in proactively approaching the education and communication surrounding seasonal trail closures to protect wildlife and our trails.  With this, the Trail Ambassador program was launched.  The Ambassadors’ duties include:

  • Enforce seasonal trail closures by actively being positioned at trailheads
  • Education to trail users about the reasons for seasonal trail closures
  • Education to trail users about local flora and fauna
  • Education and communication spreading Leave No Trace Principles
  • Actively engage local businesses and hotels to help spread the word to our Valley’s visitors

The Trail Ambassador program began to focus on spring seasonal wildlife closures to protect the mule deer and elk calving seasons.  Upon the great success in the Spring, the program expanded to cover our winter seasonal closures to ensure elk and deer were not disturbed in their important winter habitat.

The 2018 Spring stats were remarkable and show a true need for this program:

  • 176 – Total hours of volunteer time
  • 110 – Total days volunteered
  • 897 – People encountered at seasonally closed trails
  • 213 – Dogs seen on trails
  • 30 – People seen on closed trails
  • 14 – Dogs seen on closed trails
  • 263 – Cars parked at closed trailheads

To learn more, download our 2018 Ambassador Review

Interested in getting involved?  Read about the Trail Ambassador Program _ 2018 _ 2019 Description and please contact Adopt A Trail Coordinator, Michelle, at ecadoptatrail@gmail.com