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 7:00 p.m. at the warming house
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Lori Mikunda, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Cindy Goerner, Jim Kurz, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, Jackie Pederson, Jim Platteter, Mark Platteter, Aileen Tauchen.
Non-members: Carolyn Stephens (Precision Accounting)
Old Business: a) 501C3 status; b) widening of Sister's Farm Trail
New Business: a) snowmobile purchase; b) discuss grooming of West Side Trail; c) trail maintenance
Jan Paulsen introduced Carolyn Stephens, Precision Accounting, who explained the procedure for tax-exempt status filing and the various types of exemption. 10-day notice must be given to all members for amendment of the Articles of Incorporation. It was the general consensus of the group to proceed with 501C3 tax-exempt status. Motion by Tom Paulsen, second by Jackie Pederson, to proceed with the filing. Unanimously carried.
The new east loop on the Sister's Farm Trail is in need of widening to approximately 14 feet. Prices were obtained from Jenness and Baughman. Spring of 2001 is the earliest work can be done. Discussion of financial assistance was discussed. Tabled for further information.
Vice President Carolyn Chatterton presented information on a grooming snowmobile. A Ski Doo Skandic SWT (super wide track) snowmobile has been located in New Hampshire at a cost of $6530. This 2001 model has been sold out so we are unable to order the snowmobile through local dealers. Chatterton recommended the Skandic as it could be used for grooming all trail systems, especially early season grooming, and is designed to pull grooming equipment. This piece of equipment would be capable of serving as a backup for the bombi. Discussion of various options was held. Motion by Jim Kurz to purchase the Skandic at a cost of $6530. Second by Tom Paulsen. Further discussion held. Unanimously carried.
Carolyn Chatterton stated that it was her opinion that we should not groom the West Side trails this winter season as huge ruts and rocks have developed over the summer. The topsoil is gone and extensive work would be required to restore the trail. The trail will continue to be vulnerable as long as it is not a designated non-motorized trail. Chatterton suggested that the west side trail system be used for snowshoeing. Jim Platterter presented the Rusk County Forest Committee’s position. Discussion held.
Jan Paulsen proposed adoption of trail segments for trail maintenance. Maintenance would include picking rock, trimming brush, etc. Information on how to adopt a trail segment will be mailed with the next meeting notice.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.