Archive for October 2011

BTA Meeting & Trail Work Day- August 22

Banadad Trail Association’s

Annual Meeting

and

Potluck Dinner

Time: 5:30 PM

Saturday – October 22, 2010

Place: Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B

11 Poplar Creek Drive-Gunflint Trail

Annual Meeting Followed by Social Hour & Dinner

Join Us – Public Is Invited

Banadad Work Day-Volunteers Wanted

In the morning prior to the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting (BTA), you’re invited to help get the Banadad ready for winter. Weather permitting, we will be clearing the summer’s accumulation of brush and downed trees between the BWCA line on the west end of the Trail and the Dawkins Lake Bridge.

Meet for the Trail Work Day at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 22, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grand). Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. The North Stars Ski Touring Club will be joining us this day.

After the workday plan to stay-on for the Association’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Get-to-Gather

Greetings from the Association’s President!

Despite the warm temperatures the past couple weeks, it is Fall, which means work crews are on the Banadad Trail preparing for the Winter ski season.  This past year has been an ambitious one—many trail improvements, including replacing the Banadad Bridge.

The Banadad Trail Association continues our work to preserve and maintain this wonderful trail so that skiers will continue to be able to experience the truly unique experience of skiing in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness!  If you have skied the Banadad, you know what a special experience it is—its single track goes deep into the BWCA. Some days you may not meet another soul while skiing—there are few places that provide that experience.  Whether you are going for a short ski, skiing the entire trail in a day, or breaking up a through ski with a stay in a yurt, the Banadad takes you deep into the woods where your privacy may only be disturbed by a lynx, grouse, or moose. I’ve been skiing the Banadad for nearly twenty years now, but have yet to find another ski experience that equals this trail!

We hope you’ll experience the Banadad this winter—and will love it as much as we do.  We also hope you’ll consider joining the Banadad Trail Association if you’re not already a member.  Volunteers like those of us in the BTA are essential to maintaining the trail and preserving it for future generations.  In addition to volunteering time to work on the trail, members of the BTA write grants and raise funds to support the trail, develop membership, and help educate the public on the Banadad.  We are always happy to have more people involved—please contact me if you’d like to join us and have an idea to suggest or want to join us for a working weekend in the woods.  We’d love to have you!

This has been a great year for the BTA and a special thanks to all our many members and friends who have supported us again this year!  Have a great ski season—see you at the annual meeting and on the trail!

Happy Skiing—Linda Bosma

BTA Applies for Grant to Solve West end Easement Problem

The Banadad Ski Trail was built by the United States Forest Service during the summers of 1981 and 1982 at the urging of the Gunflint Nordic Ski Resorts. This 31-kilometer trail serves to connect the Central and Upper Gunflint Nordic Trail Systems.

The Banadad’s western trailhead, since opening, has passed through private land on an old logging road. The previous owner had no interest in this land or where the trail was located on their land. Another party has now purchased this land. The new owner is willing to sell deeded easement to the Banadad Trail Association for the trail provided the trail is moved east of its present location. The new owners plan to build a home on this land and will be using the existing trail as an access road to this home.

The only other place to relocate the Trail’s western trailhead would be on Federal land to the west. However building a trail on this land would be quite challenging. Any trail built over this land would have to cross a large wetland, bridge a stream and then negotiate a very difficult hill.

The most feasible place to relocate the trail would be just to the east of the old trail on the privately owned land.

With this in mind, the Banadad Trail Association Board of Directors voted to work towards acquiring easement and relocating the west end trailhead. A grant application has been submitted to the Minnesota DNR for this project. If approved the grant is approved the Association will have to raise an additional $2000 as their local share of the grant.

Getting the Trail Ready for Skiing- It is a big job!

  • Banadad Bridge Rebuilt-The Big News is the on October 17 and 18 eight volunteers rebuilt the Trail’s old dilapidated thirty-six foot bridge over the Banadad Creek between Banadad and Rush Lakes.  The bridge was in such bad shape that when the crew arrived at the bridge a portion of it collapse as Lowell Johnson was walking across it. The old bridge certainly would not have support the grooming equipment this coming winter. In addition to Lowell the crew consisted of Tom Rice, Steve Lenius, Lee Wenzel, Karla Miller, Len Voit, Pete Harris, and Ted Young. Funds to help support the project were provided through a grant from Arrowhead Electric Coop.   For more information concerning click on bridge.
  • West end of the Trail Cleared – Again this year five members of the Minnesota Conservation Corps widened one and half miles of the trail’s west end and then walked the entire eight miles of the west end trail clearing down trees as then went.
  • Half Mile of East end Widened, – BTA’s regular trail maintenance crewmember Jim Raml and his dog Blanca “ATVed” up to the BWCA line at the Meads Lake Portage from there he hiked-in three and one half miles, clearing downed trees as he went. Jim camped on the trail and spent four wet-buggy ten-hour days widening about three-quarters of a mile of the brush-blocked trail. Great job Jim!
  • Lace Lake, Tall Pines and Knapp Trails – Located outside the BWCA where mechanical equipment is allowed, chainsaws were used to clear all the summers accumulation of down trees. Later this fall the center brush will be mowed with a-brush hog equipped track Bobcat on the trails outside the BWCA. “The swampier” sections of these trails we plan to clear by hand with a brushsaw.

Get Set For Winter – Join the Banadad Trail Association

Peter Spink, Membership Chairperson -Just like squirrels storing nuts for the winter, we have been feverishly working to get set for another ski season on the Banadad! Trail clearing has continued to widen overgrown sections, a bridge in the middle of the trail was totally rebuilt in September (see photos), and plans are continuing to improve and reroute the western end of the Banadad Trail where it connects to the Gunflint Trail. These efforts are funded both by DNR, federal grant funds, and a special grant from Arrowhead Electrical Coop for the bridge and by membership dues along with significant volunteer labor. To continue maintaining the Trail in excellent fashion requires more members, more donations and grants and more volunteers.

Just like squirrels storing nuts for the winter, we have been feverishly working to get set for another ski season on the Banadad! Trail clearing has continued to widen overgrown sections, a bridge in the middle of the trail was totally rebuilt in September (see photos), and plans are continuing to improve and reroute the western end of the Banadad Trail where it connects to the Gunflint Trail. These efforts are funded both by DNR, federal grant funds, and a special grant from Arrowhead Electrical Coop for the bridge and by membership dues along with significant volunteer labor. To continue maintaining the Trail in excellent fashion requires more members, more donations and grants and more volunteers.

Please join us in membership to support the Trail that you love. Membership categories range from $15 upwards for annual membership. Please see our website at http://www.banadad.org/ for more information and to sign up to become a member. We need your support, your muscle, and your pocketbook! The Banadad Trail Association is a 501 (c) (3) organization and your donations are tax deductible.

Support the Banadad Ski Trail by Joining the Banadad Trail Association!

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