Summarized by Eric Bunker
Young Volunteers Brave Rain, Help Clear Soldier Hollow Olympics Venue
Salt Lake Tribune 6Jun99 C8
By Karl Cates: Salt Lake Tribune
MOUNT TIMPANOGOS, UTAH: Six Chartered busses from the Edgemont Ward in
Provo, off-loaded 250 kids for a service project at Soldier Hollow. The
group was sent to ready the landscape for the location of the Olympic
biathlon and cross-country events in 2002.
The site, situated in the shadows of Mount Timpanogos, stands out by itself
among Utah's other Olympic venues for its backcountry charm, which still
persists despite the noisy preparations. Winding primitive roads have been
cut to follow the topography, and the sound of heavy equipment competes
daily with forest wildlife sounds. However, the bowl-shaped Soldier Hollow
remains a mostly untrammeled and park-like respite.
Some volunteers took out generations-old fencing that once divided the land
for grazing. Others cleared trails or installed plastic protectors around
new seedlings planted several weeks ago but still vulnerable to foraging
The Salt Lake Organizing Committee has asked for and eagerly seized upon any
opportunity to harness any army of volunteers, as it always does when any
such organizations come forward. This group was offered a list of 8 or 10
things to choose from.
"I'd have to put pencil to paper to figure out the value, but it'd be
literally thousands of dollars if we were paying for this," said SLOC
Project Manager, Kevin Jardine.