The Wallowa Avalanche Center (WAC), the non-profit avalanche information hub based in Joseph, Oregon, just wrapped up its second season of operations. The center provides high quality snowpack reports and promotes avalanche safety in the Wallowas and neighboring mountains, providing a valuable service for the backcountry skiers in Northeastern Oregon. WAC just announced that they have received a $4,000 grant from the Oregon-based Wildhorse Foundation to fund avalanche information and education outreach efforts.
According to board member Penny Arentsen, "The grant funds will help further WAC’s mission: to provide winter travel safety information for winter recreationists in Northeast Oregon. These dollars will support a number of new education and backcountry safety programs WAC is launching in 2011/2012. For education and outreach, WAC will develop a program to teach the general public and schoolchildren about the dangers of avalanches, as well as how to recognize avalanche terrain. The goal is to instill the desire to learn more about safe travel in avalanche terrain in all backcountry travelers, from motorized to non-motorized travelers. The Wallowa Avalanche Center also provides weekly current condition summaries on its website."
The Wildhorse Foundation supports a range of programs in Northeast Oregon on behalf of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
WAC is currently looking for proposals to develop an avalanche awareness and snow safety program for the general public. If you are an experienced avalanche educator, check out WAC’s request for proposals at www.wallowaavalanchecenter.org/RFP