Hiking: hiking conditions are good, peak color has passed, enjoyable fall colors remain.
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: insect activity is low.
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 if you do.
Due to recent logging, on the East Side, if the trails are damp 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, and touch-up mowing was done after that. 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 7:07 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