Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Help Needed! BWCA Ski Trail Clearing Volunteers Sought

Grand Marais, MN- The Banadad Cross Country Ski Trail Committee is seeking volunteers to assist in clearing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness' (BWCA) Banadad Ski Trail. Volunteers are needed for the weekends October 27-29 and November 17-19.

For volunteers requiring overnight accommodates there is a minimal charge to cover cost of meals. Those staying overnight work all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Overnight accommodates are provided at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast or a nearby cabin at the eastern end of the Banadad halfway up the Gunflint Trail. Volunteers provide work clothing and sleeping bags. In return for their assistance, volunteers receive a discount on Boundary Country Trekking's overnight accommodates during this year's ski season.

Each fall some 600 hours of volunteer labor is required to clear the summer's accumulation of brush and down trees along the Banadad before the trail can be opened for Nordic Skiing in the winter.

The thirty-kilometer Banadad is the BWCA's longest tracked cross-country ski trail. The Banadad serves as the connecting link between the Central and Upper Gunflint Nordic Trail systems. Boundary Country Trekking's Banadad Trail Committee coordinates the maintenance and grooming of the trail under agreement with the U.S. Forest Services' Gunflint Ranger District. For additional information contact Boundary Country Trekking at 1-800-322-8327 or view program on the web at www.boundarycountry.com/trailwork.html


At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may also wish to post your volunteer opportunity for free on this Boundary Waters board:




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