Informational meeting and tour to be held this Saturday, 10/23.
Cable-Hayward, WI (October 11, 2021) – The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has launched a Campaign for Re-Envisioned Telemark. The Overall Campaign goal is $5,000,000, with a first phase of $1,400,000 focused on creating a Telemark Land Conservancy.
Money raised will help perpetually protect 286 acres perpetually of the Telemark property through land conservation easements. The campaign for the Telemark Conservancy, in combination with the 200+ acres sold to Landmark Conservancy, means that 500 acres will be protected forever for recreation.
Public support for first phase of the project is sought through symbolic ownership of shares, or acres, in the Mt. Telemark Conservancy. This unique campaign design is the first step in bringing to fruition a re-envisioned Telemark. There are 100 acres symbolically available for a donation of $5,000 and 9,300 conservancy shares at $100 are also available. The initial phase of the campaign places land into conservancy.
The second phase of the campaign will develop Mt Telemark Village, which will offer outdoor recreation for all ages and abilities: support will make possible restoration of existing and development of new ski and mountain biking trails; build a Nordic center and a roller ski path; expand snowmaking; possibly set up an ice-skating rink, sledding hill or even build a lookout tower on Mt. Telemark. Ben Popp ABSF Executive Director in articulating the vision for a new Telemark says, “Mt. Telemark Village will once again be a gathering center where our community can recreate outdoors together, as Tony Wise had originally envisioned for this iconic property.”
Leading the Honorary Campaign is Chairman Ernie St. Germaine, the only person to have skied all 47 American Birkebeiners. ABSF hopes to break ground on the Nordic center in 2022.
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation invites the public to learn about the vision for Mt. Telemark Village and the Mt. Telemark Conservancy with Tour Guide, Allison Slavick, Saturday, October 23, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Enjoy cider and donuts before an easy stroll around the Telemark property. Gather at the site of the old Telemark Lodge. Take home a souvenir of Telemark Lodge. Rain or shine. RSVP to Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org.