Hiking: good conditions, fall colors are increasing daily. During wet weather, avoid two areas - 1)trails near the warming house that have been bulldozed to prepare for logging; 2)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 - grass seed was recently spread there).
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 tread gently on 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.
Loggers are currently working on the East Side in the vicinity of the Otter Slide and Far East trails. The 'Red Pine' timber sale (north of the warming house) will be logged later this fall.
Look at the 'Mowing Report' and the map of mowed trails to find the trails the loggers will be using.
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 7:07 p.m. at the Bruce Dairyland Bank
Officers: Lori Mikunda, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Dick Brockbank, Carolyn Chatterton, Howard Chatterton, Jim Kurz, Frank Lowry, Tom Mikunda, Pete Olson, Tom Paulsen, Bob Witkiewicz, and John Ziemer.
Non-members: Dave Kmosena, Karen Kmosena.
Motion by Tom Paulsen, second by Tom Mikunda, to dispense with the reading of the minutes of May 17, 2001. Unanimously carried.
Jan raised concerns on the future of RCTA. Lengthy discussion held regarding the division of the group.
Dick Brockbank volunteered to oversee the signage and donation box at the Sisters Farm.
Jan stated that Jerry Wilkes might have some contacts to set up a waxing clinic. A suggestion was made to contact Riverbrook Bike & Ski for their assistance.
Motion by Frank Lowry, second by Carolyn Chatterton, to increase membership fees to $20 single, $40 family. Unanimously carried.
Motion by Dick Brockbank to appoint Dave Kmosena as head of grooming of the High School and Sisters Farm. Motion died. It was the general consensus that someone should be appointed to be in charge of the grooming at the High School and Sisters Farm.
Discussion held regarding the fall banquet. A kayak was proposed as a raffle item.
Blue Hills Ascent Committee
Blue Hills Trail Committee
Jan reported on the trail: Vern Chandler is clearing trees and bridges are being repaired. October 13 will be a work day. The ATV group has an opportunity to bring the west side up to standards on that day. Dave Olsen volunteered to work with the ATV group. Vern Chandler will be giving us an estimate on widening the Sisters Farm trails. Vern has donated the balance of his time, not covered by FEMA funds, on repair of the Blue Hills east side.
High School Trails Committee
Log Jam Race Committee
The Log Jam bike race was well attended again this year.
Sisters' Farm Trails Committee
Motion by Dave Olsen, second by Tom Paulsen, to adjourn.
Taken by Lori Larsen Mikunda, Secretary-Treasurer.
A Listing of Active Committees