WENATCHEE — The Alcoa Foundation on Wednesday donated $40,000 to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust that will be used to launch a Saddle Rock restoration project into next spring.
The donation comes on top of a $60,000 donation from Alcoa last year, which was also earmarked for the trail restoration work now underway on Saddle Rock.
Those grants, said Land Trust spokeswoman Sharon Lunz, come in addition to many hours of volunteer work by local Alcoa employees.
Lunz said there’s a narrow window in the fall, and again in the spring, when the soil is moist enough to repair heavily eroded trails, or decommission and reroute those that are unsafe and unsustainable.
Saddle Rock was purchased from the state through the Wenatchee Foothills Campaign, which has raised over $7.4 million so far.
That’s 91 percent of the $8.1 million needed to save the open lands bordering Wenatchee. The final phase will pay for restoration work and develop a fund for long-term care and maintenance of the property.
Contributions have come from more than 500 community members. Other major sponsors have included Subaru-Cascade Autocenter, Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, and Stemilt Growers.
This year’s trail restoration work on Saddle Rock is expected to be complete by late November, and several more work parties are planned.
Volunteers can call 667-9708, or visit cdlandtrust.org for a list of work party dates.