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Granite Chief Wilderness Campaign

Leaving a Lasting Legacy:
WS 100 needs your donations for Granite Chief Wilderness purchase

The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is partnering with the Western States Trail Foundation (“The Tevis Cup”) in helping the American River Conservancy raise funds to acquire 10,000 acres of mountain meadows and old-growth forest at the headwaters of the American River. The purchase area, located immediately west of Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley, has long been considered by the WSER Board of Trustees to be the most strategically vital area in ensuring the Western States Trail remains open and accessible for all forms of public recreation in the years to come.


Hodgson’s Cabin


Expansive Views of French Meadows Drainage

The Western States Trail crosses this 10,000 acres of private land, and our board strongly believes that ARC’s purchase of the land will guarantee the availability of these trails to hikers, runners, equestrians and will enable the 100 miles of the Western States Trail to qualify for National Trail designation.

Please consider supporting the important and historic effort by making a donation to the Western States Endurance Run Foundation’s Granite Chief Wilderness Campaign. Once completed, the ARC’s $10.167 million purchase from the parcel’s private owners will join together two existing roadless areas, the Wild and Scenic North Fork American River and the Granite Chief Wilderness into a large block of contiguous, protected, public land.

Deadline for donations in support of this effort has been extended to March 31, 2015. One hundred percent of all donations will go toward the purchase price of $10,167,000, and, if for any reason the American River Conservancy fails to raise sufficient funds to acquire the subject property, 100 percent of the donations will be returned.

Donations from WS supporters will be matched by a grant from the WSER Foundation Board of Trustees.

Leave a lasting legacy and contribute to the WSER Granite Chief Wilderness Campaign today.

You can send a check to WSER – Granite Chief Campaign, PO Box 99, Auburn, CA 95604 or via Pay Pal by clicking on the link above.

To find out more about the ARC and the acquisition, go to: arconservancy.org