Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Proposed Hiqhbank Connector to the North Country Trail

The Baldwin/White Cloud District of the Huron-Manistee National Forests is inviting public comment on the following proposed project on National Forest lands:

Hiqhbank Campground Connector to the North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail (NCNST): Located in section 17, T1 6N R1 3W. Lilley Township, Newaygo County, Michigan. The proposed route will utilize National Forest land. The following project is included:

New trail would be constructed through National Forest land for 0.70 miles. Forest Service standards for non-motorized trails would be adhered to when constructing new trail.
Hiqhbank Campground Connector to the North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail
The proposed connector trail would allow hikers to utilize Highbank Campground and campers from the campground to access the North Country Trail. It would increase user safety, provide a more aesthetic and visually appealing hiking experience, and be tter protect natural resources, while enhancing some of the values associated with the North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail.

The proposed project is partially located along an already existing trail tread. When complete the new trail would include a trail tread 18 to 24 inches wide, with an additional cleared width of 12 inches on both sides of the trail. Where necessary, the tread-way would be cleared of vegetation, trees, and stumps. No trees greater than 5 inches in diameter, at breast height will be removed. The trail would be signed and blazed. All construction would be done in accordance with Forest Service standards for non-motorized trails, the National Park Service Handbook for Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance, and the North Country Trail Association's Trail Building and Maintenance Manual.

Should you have any questions, concerns, comments, or wish to be directly involved with the planning of this project, please contact Kathy Bietau, U.S. Forest Service, Drawer D, Baldwin, Michigan 49304. You may also comment by phone at (231)745-4631 ext. 3117 or email at Please submit comments to this office by January 30, 2008.

from Gregory D. Smith, Acting District Ranger
contact Kathy Bietau
See Western Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association
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