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The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, a nonprofit formed 20 years ago by Salt Lake County's four ski areas to promote environmental stewardship and education, received the National Ski Area Association's top environmental award for medium-sized ski areas Wednesday.

The trade association presented the Golden Eagle Award to the partnership that Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and Solitude resorts forged with the U.S. Forest Service and Salt Lake City to protect Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood canyons.

"We are honored," said Snowbird President Bob Bonar, who helped start the foundation. "Hundreds of thousands of dollars has been raised by this program."

Alta General Manager and President Onno Wieringa said it has been rewarding to be part of a collaborative effort to advance "the careful and sustainable use of our collective sensitive watershed areas."

The Salt Lake Tribune

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