Lara Kaylor, Mammoth Lakes Tourism
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MLT Supports Trail Host Program

DMO will provide $14,000 in funding to support staff

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (August 7, 2020) — At its regular board meeting this week, the Mammoth Lakes Tourism Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve sponsoring the newly-formed Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS) Trail Host Program with $14,000 in funding. The funding comes from a savings in the MLT budget that would normally go to pay for part of the staffing wages at the Welcome Center.

Instead, the funding will staff two, full-time hosts for 10 weeks. The MLTS Trail Hosts are Town of Mammoth Lakes’ staff helping trail users have fun and enjoy the MLTS.

“In an effort to provide a welcoming presence out on the Mammoth Lakes Trail System, the MLTS Trail Host program was launched as a pilot program in January 2020 in Shady Rest, by the Town of Mammoth Lakes Measure R Trails Program,” explained Joel Rathje, Town of Mammoth Lakes Trails Manager.

The goal of the program is to help trail users have fun safely and recreate responsibly. Trail hosts provide information to people, clean up litter, collect data, and inventory trail facility maintenance issues.

“The program is funded by Measure R and we are very excited to be accepting additional funding from Mammoth Lakes Tourism to expand services,” Rathje continued. “We look forward to greeting trail users with smiling eyes (smiles behind masks), and a message of responsible recreation.”

“With sharp increases in visitation of the past few summers, the Mammoth Lakes Trail System Trail Host program is a welcome addition to our town’s guest service offerings,” said John Urdi, MLT Executive Director. “More and more first-time visitors mean more information and education is needed, and the trail hosts are stewards for the environment and resources for our guests. Mammoth Lakes Tourism is happy to partner with the MLTS to enhance this program for this summer and beyond.”