Hiking: hiking conditions are good. We started summer trail mowing in late June, and 99% of the trails have been mowed at least once. Grasses are short where mowed, often waist high (or higher) if not mowed.
Biking: the West Side trails offer the best biking, that area tends to be the driest (but BE SURE TO READ 'Important Updates' below). The East Side trails are surprisingly dry this summer, and more 'bike-able' than usual. On the East Side, after rainy weather avoid the trails far to the east, they usually are damp and soft.
Bugs: mosquitoes currently are a bit bothersome.
A 50-100 meter segment of West Side trail adjacent to a beaver dam is soggy between intersections H-I; you can walk your bike through this spot - but anticipate wet shoes.
Due to recent logging, on the East Side, avoid Rut Road between intersections 20-21-22. Click here for details
Due to active logging, on the West Side, avoid the loop between intersections D-E-D, and watch for logging traffic from A-B-C-D.
April 24, 2021: snow showers
Summertime mowing began in late June on the East Side trails. East Side mowing was completed on July 25th. The West Side was mowed in the last half of July. Click here for a map showing East Side mowing details.
Meeting called to order
by Jan Paulsen, president, at 7:05 p.m. at the warming house
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Lori Mikunda, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Howard Chatterton, Dick Gralewicz, Jim Kurz, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, John Ziemer.
Old Business: a) website report; b) 501C3 status
Blue Hills Trail website report: Tom Paulsen reported on the Website. Very positive comments have been received.
501C3 status: Cyn Reinert has been working on 501C3 status. Technically the filing for exempt status should have occurred within eighteen months of incorporation, however Jan explained that the worse case scenario would be that the club would be responsible for paying 'back taxes'. Reinert recommended no equipment purchases be made until the exempt status has been received. The estimated timetable is 3 months for the IRS to respond.
New trail development south of Ladysmith: John Ziemer reported that the City of Ladysmith is attempting to develop a trail near the industrial park following the Flambeau River to the hospital bridge. The trail would be developed for walking, biking, and snowshoeing.
Long-term Funding of Equipment Purchases: Tom Paulsen motioned to set aside $5000 annually (to be reviewed each year) and that the money be invested safely at the discretion of the officers. Second by Howard Chatterton. Motion carried.
Cindy Erickson, Carolyn and Howard Chatterton, and Jan and Tom Paulsen are on the fall banquet committee at this time. The banquet is scheduled for November 11, location undetermined at this point. Randy Sabien and his band will provide the entertainment.
Blue Hills Ascent Committee
Blue Hills Trail Committee
Grooming Equipment Status: Jim Kurz reported that the bombi was operating well at the close of the season. A suggestion was made to have Ypma check over the bombi this fall. Replacement of the alpine snowmobile was discussed. Cost proposals were presented for various workhorse snowmobiles. Pete Olson volunteered to pursue options for alpine repair or replacement. Motion by Jim Kurz to investigate the repair costs of the alpine, if under $500 go ahead and repair the alpine and use for the coming season; if not feasible to fix, sell the alpine and purchase a new or used alpine equivalent. Tom Paulsen seconded the motion. Discussion held. Motion carried.
Trail improvements to the Blue Hills: Recommendations were bridge repair and one new bridge, culverts, and reroute by #30. WCC has seeded the raw areas. Jan Paulsen and Carolyn & Howard Chatterton have been lobbying to restrict ATV use on the west side as damage is being done to the trail. FEMA funds are designated for work being completed this summer.
Skijoring on the trails: People have contacted the Club requesting the trails be opened for skijoring. Discussion held regarding safety concerns. Guidelines will be developed to restrict the skijoring and loose dogs on the eastside on weekends; however the Westside will be open to skijoring and dogs. The consensus was to encourage people with dogs to limit their skiing to the Westside trails. Motion by Carolyn Chatterton, second by Tom Paulsen. Motion carried.
Purchasing an additional roller: would eliminate transporting the roller. A new roller would cost $1200-$1300. Discussion held. The consensus was to table any purchase at this time.
Delegating Duties: Jan is looking for volunteers to clean the outhouses on an ongoing basis.
High School Trails Committee
Pete Olson stated students would be doing some maintenance on the LHS lighted loop June 2. Trail access for the bombi was discussed.
Log Jam Race Committee
The Log Jam Bike Race will be held June 11. Dave Borman needs course volunteers June 10 and June 11. Saturdays prior to Memorial Day will be workdays. Jaycees will be doing food, registration, and awards. Lodging will be available.
Sisters' Farm Trails Committee
Election of Officers
Howard Chatterton nominated the existing officers being, Jan Paulsen, President; Carolyn Chatterton, Vice President; and Lori Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer. Second by Tom Paulsen. Motion by Howard Chatterton to close the nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.
A Listing of Active Committees