Archive for September 2012

Fall Trail Clearing Underway

The annual clearing the summer’s accumulation of brush and down trees on the Banadad began in mid August. To date the Lace Lake, Tall Pines, Knopp and the Trail’s eastern three miles out side of the BWCA have been cleared.

Terry Horejsi, BCT employee on trail between the Lisz and Meads PortagesTerrh Horejsi, BCT employee working, outside the BWCA on the trail between the Lizz and Meads Portage.

After the trails out side the BWCA are cleared of down trees the next step is mowing the center. Again this year Rick Motz and his brush hot equipped tracked Bobcat is on the job.

Mowing the center brush outside the BWCA

The Bobcat mowed the Tall Pines, Knopp and most of the Lace Lake Trails. Due to two “mud hole” which the Bobcat could not cross on the Lace Lake Trail there still about 3/4 of mile of the trail that will have to be hand cut with a brush saw.

Also cleared was the one mile at the Trail’s eastern end all of which is within the BWCA. This portion was cleared using hand tools.

Then of course earlier this summer a five person crew from the Minnesota Conservation Corps spend five days clearing three or more miles of a remote interior section of the Trail including  where the Ham Lake Fire burned through.

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First Snow Flakes

First real snow of the season. It snowed hard for about 10 minutes. This after I incorrectly reported that it had snow one night about a week ago. I was told later that it was sleet. Sorry about that!

The snow did not stay around so you will just have to wait a bit to get those skis out.