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USDA Forest Service Offers "Ski with a Forest Ranger" Program

TitleUSDA Forest Service Offers "Ski with a Forest Ranger" Program
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-02-01
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #106 - "Ski With a Ranger" (Air Date: March 1, 2005). Forest Service ranger Michael St. Michelle discusses that agency's environmental education partnership with Heavenly Ski Resort.
SubjectSkis and skiing -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Outdoor education -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A106: Ski With a Ranger Air Date: March 1, 2005 Tease @ 12:12 "Heavenly Ski Resort partners with the US Forest Service on educational programs. I'm Shelly Purdy…coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report, I'll show you the ski with a ranger program here at Heavenly." Anchor Intro: If you've ever been out skiing and wondered what kind of trees you're flying past or what kind of animal made those tracks in the snow, there is a place where you can find the answers to your questions. Heavenly Ski Resort partners with the US Forest Service on the "Ski With a Ranger" program. Shelly Purdy explains how it works in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((TAKE PKG)) ((natsot@ 1:15)) "Have you been on the gondola yet? ‘No.' About half way up there's a mid section. I would suggest getting off there and that's probably the best views of Lake Tahoe." ((Track 1)) Giving out advice about where to find the best views of Lake Tahoe is just one small part of the job. Michael St. Michelle and other Forest Service rangers who participate in the Ski With a Ranger program field a wide variety of questions ranging from what kind of trees there are up here to what kinds of tracks. ((natsot @ 2:22)) "We've been seeing a lot of coyote tracks. That area's full of coyotes in there…probably not squirrels because they're kind of small. And we do have bears in there, so it could have been some bears. ((track 2)) There are two parts to the Ski With a Ranger program. There is the roving program where rangers position themselves at various points throughout the mountain and answer questions….and there's also guided tours. ((sot @ 5:42 Michael St. Michelle, U.S. Forest Service)) "We do a guided tour that we do at 10:30 and 1:30 and those are one and a half hours long and are more natural history what people will see when they're skiing which is mainly the trees. We talk about the wildlife that might be found on the ski resort. ((Track 3)) It's a public program that's free of charge, and it's just one aspect of what the Forest Service does here at Heavenly. ((s/u @ 11:37 Shelly Purdy)) "Since Heavenly Ski Resort sits on public land the Forest Service is heavily involved in how everything is managed here even during the wintertime months." ((sot @ 8:29)) "the USFS provides a lot of guidelines for Heavenly to go by in operating these resorts. If they want to expand or open a new run or change the way things work around here, we have people that work really closely with them." ((Track 4)) Everything from inspecting chairlifts, to monitoring erosion to skiing with the public…the Forest Service has quite a presence here at Heavenly. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: One of the main goals of the "Ski With a Ranger" program is to inform the public that when they're skiing at Heavenly and other resorts in the Tahoe Basin, they're skiing on public land.

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