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 8, 1998
Meeting called to order
by Dave Johnson, president
Dave Johnson, John Ziemer, Deb Wall, Howard Chatterton, Carolyn Chatterton, Doug Spielman, Jan Paulsen, Pete Olson, Jim Kurz, Michelle Stauder, Craig Henson
Election of Officers
President: Dave Johnson, 2nd Term
Vice President: Jan Paulsen, 1st Term
Secretary/Treasurer: Craig Henson, 2nd Term
Reading of Officer's Duties from Bylaws: Carolyn Chatterton
Howard Chatterton suggested we add committees besides the traditional race and banquet committees. More members could, of course, join these committees and when help was needed the club, at large, could be called upon. The following committees were established with members volunteering for seats:
*(Not present at meeting, but previously on standing committee or involved)
Blue Hills Warming House: Howard Chatterton attempted to solicit money from the mining company for this project, but was denied. Carolyn Chatterton mentioned a DNR grant that may be applicable to such a project. Paul Teska, Rusk County Forester, had suggested this and would help us apply. Doug Spielman moved that we establish a warming-house committee.
High School Trails Lighting Project: we are still awaiting a response regarding the PowerBar D.I.R.T. grant. Notification was expected sometime in April. There was brief discussion about the cost of electricity for lighting the trails.
Change Boxes: Jim Kurz had two new heavy-duty donation/map boxes made by Barber Welding. These will be used for deposit of trail fees at the Blue Hills West trailhead as well as maps of the trails. Members were in agreement that it would be useful especially to encourage mountain bike use in the summer months. The other box was to be placed at Sisters Farm Trails. There was also the thought that we may want to consider putting one at the high school trails. Some members were concerned that this may solicit vandalism.
Communication: Tom Paulsen, Webmaster, is continuing to maintain a web-site for the RCTA. This will serve as one means of relaying up-to-date information to members. Also, it was suggested that we should establish an e-mail address list of active club members. It was agreed that everyone would send their address, via e-mail, to Craig Henson.
THE RCTA THANKS: