Hiking: good conditions. During wet weather, avoid two areas - 1)trails near the warming house that have been bulldozed to prepare for logging; 2)the south portion of the West Side trails between intersections A-B-C-D-E (last fall those trails were bulldozed and used to haul logs from a timber sale).
Grasses: mowed trails have short grasses. Elsewhere the grasses are knee high, waist high, and chest high. Be sure to look at the map in the mowing report (below).
Biking: most trails are firm - although the East Side trails are always damp and soft if you venture to the Far East. When biking this summer, please avoid the south half of the West Side of the trail system - grass seed was spread in July on the many bare trails involved in last summer's logging operation.
Insects: not very bothersome, but keep the bug juice handy, and bring a hat to discourage the deer flies.
April 25: wet flurries
We started mowing the East Side trails in late June. West Side trails haven't been mowed yet - the Forestry Department usually mows the West Side but probably won't have an available mower this year. If time allows, our organization will mow the West Side later this fall.
April 11, 2002
Meeting called to order
by Jan Paulsen, president, at 7:03 p.m. at the Bruce Dairyland Bank
Officers: Lori Mikunda, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Dick Brockbank, Steve Brockman, Chris Buslee, Carolyn Chatterton, Howard Chatterton, Dawn Christman, Darsha Helgerson, Frank Lowry, Tom Mikunda, Mike Mirr, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, Doug Spielman, Kevin Westlund, Deb Ziemer, and John Ziemer.
Olsen presented a statement outlining the positive reasons for splitting the organization into two groups; being, (1) the Blue Hills trail system and (2) the Ladysmith Trail system consisting of the High School lighted loop and the Sisters Farm.
Olsen proposed a motion to have the RCTA membership vote by mail ballot on the following question: "Should the RCTA split into two separate and distinct organizations, the Blue Hills Trail and the Ladysmith Trails, each with its own officers. A yes vote also means that the Blue Hills Trail group will retain the rights to the name RCTA, the fall fund raising banquet, and the Blue Hills Ascent."
Motion by Mirr to approve motion as presented. Second by Tom Paulsen. Lengthy discussion held. Buslee called the question. (14) votes Yes; (5) Votes No. Opposed: Pete Olson, Deb Ziemer, John Ziemer, Doug Speilman, Dick Brockbank. Motion carried.
Discussion of the voting process was then held.
Motion to adjourn by Olsen, second by Buslee. Unanimously carried.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.