2018 Outdoor Summit Award winners announced

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The 2018 Outdoor Summit Award winners were recently announced at the 6th annual Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit. The Summit was held Oct. 22-24, 2019, at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George. An awards dinner recognized and celebrated the winners’ achievements for their work improving outdoor recreation in Utah during 2018.

The Summit helped bridge the gap between economic development, policy, planning and health through education, collaboration and a shared vision for the future of recreation opportunities in Utah.

Outdoor Summit Award Winners

Economic Impact Award

The Economic Impact award highlights a local business, organization, community or nonprofit that has had a major and positive economic impact in their community or in the state through a new outdoor recreation product, event or initiative.

Nominees:

  • Utah High School Cycling League
  • Adventure+Gear Fest
  • Zion Adventure Company

Award Winner: Utah High School Cycling League for bringing economic benefits to rural communities that host its regional and statewide meets, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact over a weekend to these communities. In 2018, the League had 3,500 attendees across Utah communities.

Stewardship Award

The Stewardship award goes to a business or organization that has been innovative, promotes sustainability, works with partners to promote stewardship of the land, air, water and wildlife. They also educate and empower the public on the importance of interrelatedness of a healthy environment, outdoor recreation and a vibrant economy.

Nominees:

  • Utah Archery Association
  • Utah Open Lands
  • Wasatch Community Garden’s Green Team Farm

Award Winner: Utah Open Lands for preserving tens of thousands of acres of lands for the enjoyment of Utahns, including Bonanza Flats in Summit County.

Every Kid Outdoors Award

The Every Kid Outdoors award is for a business, organization, community or nonprofit that is dedicated to youth outside and active in Utah through outdoor recreation, education or outdoor programming. This award is to embody the spirit of Utah’s Every Kid Outdoor Initiative

Nominees:

  • Discover Utah
  • Utah High School Cycling League
  • Girls on the Run

Award Winner: Girls on the Run for introducing young girls to the sport of running and inspiring them for a “lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.” The Girls on the Run Utah/Jackson Elementary Troop gets girls out on the Jordan River Parkway and into parks to build skills and confidence.

Social Investment Award

The Social Investment award goes to businesses or other organizations focused on giving back to people, humanitarian efforts and doing good in their communities. This award recognizes the impact these organizations have on their local community, economy, environment and their employees.

Nominees:

  • Cotopaxi
  • Elevated Mountain Guides (with Momentum Climbing)
  • Tracy Aviary

Award Winner: Cotopaxi who generously contributes to initiatives that improve the human condition and alleviate poverty in the world. Their work in Utah focuses on refugees, with educational scholarships and employment opportunities and training, which is in accordance with Gov. Herbert’s recent letter asking the president to allow Utah to take in more displaced people.

Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Project of the Year (2018)

The Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Project of the Year goes to a completed Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant project that created an outstanding amenity for outdoor recreation. This is voted on by the Utah Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee from the previous year’s completed project list.

Nominees:

  • Porter’s Landing Boat Takeout (City of North Salt Lake)
  • Bjorr Trail (Cache County)
  • Abajo Foothills Trail (City of Monticello)

Award Winner: Abajo Foothills Trail (City of Monticello) where the community came together to build 14 miles of mountain bike trails around Loyd’s Lake.

Next year’s Summit will be held Aug. 25 to 27, 2020, in Provo, Utah, at the Utah Valley Convention Center.