Archive for April 2010

Plans for 2010

Greyling Brandt (USFS), Ted Young, Steve Schug (USFS), Barb Bottger

Greyling Brandt (USFS), Ted Young (BCT), Steve Schug (USFS), Barb Bottger (BTA)

Forest Service Unable To Offer Financial Assistance For Banadad Trail in 2010

Barb Bottger, Gunflint Trail- Jim Morrison, Ted Young and I met with Steve Schug and Greyling Brandt from the Gunflint Ranger District, USFS, on April 23 to discuss the 2010 Banadad Trail Work Plan.  Steve commended the BTA for the excellent report/plan that was submitted and stated that none of the other trail associations they work with have even submitted a plan yet. (Jim Morrison was paged out on a fire call before we took the photo!)

The tough news from Steve was the fact that they have no funds to offer this year.  In past years, the USFS contributed up $1500 toward the maintenance of the Banadad through the Forest Service’s Cost Share program.

Schug said the only aid would come through the Minnesota Conservation Corp crew (MCC) whose budget comes from federal stimulus funds.  The MCC would work on the interior widening project near the Banadad Bridge with the Forest Service providing two canoes for MCC to travel to the work site. The possibility of another MCC crew for some additional work was left open.

Greyling agreed to assist the Association in preparing large trail maps and to provide map display posts and boards (called “bird cages”) for along the trail.

Schug also informed us that the USFS would no longer be able to provide liability insurance for our volunteer trail crews.

According to Ted Young, “Without finance assistance from the USFS we are confronted with about a $2000 deficit in this year’s $9000 projected maintenance budget. (See Trail Plan– section IV. Projects and Plans)

Banadad Trail Association 2010 Trail Plan

This year’s  Trail Plan was completed on February 25, 2010. You can review a text only version  by clicking on Plan.  A printed copy is available to all Banadad Trail Association members at no cost.

Trent toward Early ice-out on Poplar Lake- Does it Spell a Shorter Ski Season

The ice on Poplar Lake went-out on April 6. This  marks the earliest the ice, in recent history, has gone out on Poplar. Prior to this year, the earliest the ice went out was on April 16 in 2005 and 2006. Between 1990 and 2000 the ice went out six times during May with the latest May 22. After the year 2000 the ice has gone out six times in April and only three time in May.

This winter the Banadad Ski Trail closed for the season on March 20. This is the first season since the Trail opened in 1982 that the eastern end of the trail was not ski-able into April.

What does this tells us about what is happening to the Banadad Trail’s Ski Season?