by Joan H. Young
You can help raise $5000 to improve the North Country Trail with the click of a mouse!
Through the Save the Trails effort, you can vote for one of 20 trail projects. Ten of these projects will be funded at the $5000 level. Over 70 nominations were received, and 20 finalists from around the United States were selected.
Finalists this year include two projects on the North Country National Scenic Trail. The Nemadji River Valley in northwest Wisconsin is a beautiful deep gorge. Efforts to complete the NCT in Wisconsin are being pressed forward by Bill Menke and his Roving Trail Crew. This project will create about 5.3 miles of new, off-road trail
The other NCT project is found in the state of Ohio. The funds here will help purchase and deliver native sandstone barricades to the Wayne National Forest in southeast Ohio. The trail here has been heavily impacted by illegal off-road vehicle use. Andrew Bashaw is heading the efforts to mitigate this damage
Nature Valley Save the Trails program is a partnership between Nature Valley, the American Hiking Society (AHS), and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) that restores trails in our National Parks. Since 2005, Nature Valley has donated over half a million dollars for trail work. These dollars support the SCA teams, as they live on site for a week at a time to build and maintain trails.
You can see pictures of these project areas, and vote at the Nature Valley Where's Yours web site. Winners will be announced April 30, 2009.
See Where's Yours
See North Country Trail Association
See American Hiking Society
See Student Conservation Association
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