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.
Meeting called to order
by Jan Paulsen, president, at 7:18 p.m. at the Blue Hills Inn
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Lori Mikunda, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Carl Bienert, Ben Bienert, Howard Chatterton, Bob Costenaro, Jan Costenaro, Pete Olson, Kirk Paulsen, Tom Paulsen, Kevin Westlund, and John Ziemer.
Motion by Tom Paulsen, second by Howard Chatterton, to dispense with the reading of the minutes of May 2, 2000 and November 9, 2000. Unanimously carried.
Articles of incorporation: Motion by Pete Olson, second by Howard Chatterton, to approve the proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation. Unanimously carried.
Blue Hills Ascent Committee
John Ziemer reported on the Blue Hills Ascent. Permanent K markers were suggested for the 2002 race. Ziemer asked for suggestions and workers for the race January 6, 2002. Kevin Westlund will contact the Bruce School regarding making the markers.
Blue Hills Trail Committee
Carolyn stated the Blue Hills Trail has sustained some damage from spring flooding. The bridges are stable, however erosion has occurred around bridges. The new culvert on the S curve held up well. Discussion was held regarding access to the Benson Hunting cabin. Paul Teska is working with the Benson group to find alternatives.
Jan reported that the Rusk County Forestry Committee will be touring the West Side to view ATV damage on June 1 at 9:00 a.m.
Jan passed around the comments from the guest book which were very enthusiastic.
We expect propane costs to increase the cost of operating the warming hut this next season.
Future logging projects are planned in the Blue Hills. A plea to save the hemlocks was made.
Adoption of trail segments will again be held this fall to help maintain the Blue Hills.
High School Trails Committee
Pete reported on the High School lighted loop. The Dave Tech needs to be painted. Doug Speilman thoroughly cleaned the Alpine and Skandic. A record (120) day season allowed the trail to be used heavily from Christmas through mid February.
Log Jam Race Committee
The Log Jam is scheduled for June 3. Pete Olson requested assistance for the race. The Ladysmith Jaycees will again be assisting.
Sisters' Farm Trails Committee
Dave Borman has requested a gate and enlarged parking area at Sister’s Farm. The City of Ladysmith has offered gravel in trade for an engineering copier donated by the Flambeau Mine. We are obtaining bids for widening of the trails, which is planned during the off season. John Ziemer put in a request for an additional snowmobile for grooming to eliminate transporting the Skandic between the Sisters’s Farm and the high school. This request is tabled until we are in a financial position to make an additional equipment purchase. Presently the bombi and the alpine are for sale. Discussion of the sale of the bombi was held. Presently the equipment is stored at Duffys in Barron on consignment. Andy Albarado, Rusk County Tourism, has approached the DOT regarding signage to promote the Sisters Farm. Signs are planned for Highways 8 and 27 and major road intersections. WCC may be available to produce signage.
Election of Officers
Howard nominated Lori Mikunda, second by Kevin Westlund for Secretary-Treasurer. Unanimously carried. Carolyn Chatterton nominated Jan Paulsen for Vice President. Second by Tom Paulsen. Unanimously carried. Howard nominated Carolyn Chatterton as President. Second by Kevin Westlund. Unanimously carried.
Motion by Howard Chatterton, second by Tom Paulsen, to adjourn.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.
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