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! The President's Trail Notes

Rick Halbert

This issue I would like to pass along some of the news from our national organization. Increased Funding in 2002 Base funding for the NCTA has been increased from $400,000 to $550,000 for 2002. Although less than the requested $718,000, this is a significant increase in funding and will translate into more help for local chapters and other volunteers and partners. New NCT Manager Fredrick Szarka, a career National Park Service employee has been selected to fill the post of NCT Manager. Fred begins his new position in the Madison, Wisconsin, NPS office on January 14, 2002. His last position with the National Park Service was at Indiana Dunes where he was working with state agencies and local governments developing trail connections and building partnerships to create a regional trails network in Northwest Indiana. Year End "Windfall" for local Chapters The NCTA neared the end of its yearly grant cycle with nearly $3,000 remaining in the fund. The good news is that this will be divided up between the local chapters based on the number of reported volunteer hours and a cap of $250. This should remind us of the importance of keeping up to date with our reporting of volunteer hours. Although it is too late to help us qualify for a larger share of these funds, it is a good idea to get in the habit of always reporting all of your volunteer hours in a timely manner. Remember you can do it online at:

http://www.northcountrytrail.org/voluntrs/rephours.htm

New Web Site for National Trails System The NPS has announced a new web site for the National Trails System. Check it out at: http://www.ncrc.nps.gov/PROGRAMS/nts/. The site contains information about national scenic and historical trails, answers to frequently asked questions, the text of the original National Trails System Act, links to trail organizations and more. Our own NCTA web site can be located at: http://www.northcountrytrail.org/gtr/ Check the site now and then to see what is new. Meanwhile I hope to see all of you at the activities and programs described in the articles that follow. See you at Olson Center on Jan. 17 and on the trail. Rick

Trail Updates

Arlen Matson

NCTA 2002 Grant Approved We received approval from our association a grant towards the building of 5 benches to be placed along the Manistee R. Bob Rudd will build these this winter for placement in the spring. 3 of them will be used at the newly developing site at the High Rollaways. The remaining funding will be for the installation of signage needed at various NCT road crossings.

Trail Updates (Continued)

CCS Grant from NPS on Hold We applied for a $3500 grant to assist the DNR for the development of the High Rollaways. This would include the building and installation of 3 Information Stations, mileage signs for hikers, finish grading of road to the trailhead parking lot, and movement of a large quantity of soils, as well as stabilizing much of the bank. The NPS informed us that this grant will not be approved if this section of the trail is not certified. {It isn't currently.} The reason it is not certified is due to DNR policy, which permits bicycles and horses to use any trail on state land. The exceptions are at state parks. I have submitted certification papers to the DNR in Cadillac to exclude bicycles and horses on the section of trail from Baxter Bridge Road (29 1/2 Mi. Rd.) to Anderson Creek. NCTA GTHC Section Maps Available At last meeting we began distributing the new maps. I brought back 50 of them from our last Trail's Council meeting in Lowell. The map is two sided. It includes the NCT in the Manistee NF on one side, and our area up to Cedar Creek (part of the Shore to Shore Trail) on the other side. It depicts trailheads, camping sites, access roads, etc. The cost is $3.50 each. They may be ordered directly from the NCTA or purchased from Joe Meredith or Mike Schaeffer at our monthly meetings. Reroute off from Shore to Shore Trail Dick and I met with the Traverse City DNR to coordinate our rerouting efforts off from the Shore-toShore Trail (SST). The DNR is currently redesigning an ATV trail west of US 131 and north of M-113. Dick, Bud Ward, Joe Meredith, Rick Halbert, and myself have put in many hours of scouting in so far. Until the ATV trail system is finalized (ca 1 yr.), we are on hold for this project. The State of Michigan has a new Recreation Director for trails. We have submitted reroutes several years ago for sections in the Sheck's Place area due to extensive horse damage. The preliminary plans were approved. We are now waiting for the new Recreation Specialist to act on these reroutes.

Programs & Meetings

Monthly program meetings are held at the Oleson Center of Northwestern Michigan College, on the third Thursday of the month and begin at 7:00 P.M unless otherwise specified.

Thurs., Jan. 17, 2002 -7:00PM Bud Ward "Wonderland Trail-Mt. Rainier"

Bud Ward will present slides of his hikes along the Wonderland Trail, which circles Mt. Rainier in Washington State and the Coastal Trail on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Thurs., Feb. 21, 2002 -7:00PM Scott Burch

"National Outdoor Leadership School "

Scott Burch of Eastern Mountain Sports will share his adventures while a student at a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Australia.

Thurs., Mar. 21, 2002 -7:00PM Dick Naperala/Joe Meredith "The Tahoe Rim Trail"

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a newly established path, which circles Lake Tahoe. Dick Naperala and Joe Meredith will show slides of their weeklong hike on this trail.

Thurs., Apr. 18, 2002 -7:00PM Sue Makrianis The Inca Trail

Follow Sue on her 5 day Trek along the Inca Trail as it winds its way through the Andes Mountains of Peru to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Then travel up to the Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable fresh waterlake in the world and down to the Amazon River Basin for Jungle Walks and boat travel down the piranha infested river.

Thurs., May. 16, 2002 -7:00PM Dick Naperala/Rick Halbert "Canadian Great Lakes Trails"

Rescheduled from last spring Dick and Rick will show slides of hikes on the Coastal Trails of Lake Superior Provincial Park, Pukaswa National Park, and the Bruce Trail in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

get to since that one is on the downstream (river) side of the dam. The parking lot we want is on the upstream (pond) side. The hike will be an out and back walk so if you get tired, you can turn around and head back. Afterwards, we'll go to Peegeo's for a bite to eat. If you need directions or any other info, you can Call Mike Schaeffer 947-9379.

Events and Activities

Sat., Jan. 19, 2002 - 10:00AM Ski Outing Alligator Hill Sleeping Bear NLS

Ski Alligator Hill in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Questions Call Dick Mallery 267-5074

Sunday-March 17th- 2pm to 6pm Climbing Wall Outing

PRICE: $5 to climb (good for the whole 4 hours) $2 for harness (in case you don't have your own) DIRECTIONS: In Traverse City, take Division (US-31) to 11th Street. Go west on 11th past Elmwood. Turn left on Silver Drive. Follow signs along Silver Drive to New Campus School. Climbing wall is in gymnasium.

Sun., Feb. 17, 2002 - 10:00AM Snowshoe Outing Brown Bridge-Buck's Landing

Our February outdoor event will be a snowshoe outing at the Brown Bridge Quiet Area on Sunday February 17. We will hike the trail on the south side of Brown Bridge Pond starting at Buck's Landing and heading east. I have only walked a short length of this trail but the Board members have told me that the trail is as good as the one on the north side of the pond. Come join us and find out. We will meet at Buck's Landing at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday (see map). The easiest way to get there from TC is to go south on Garfield (CR611) to Brown Bridge Road which hits Garfield going east at the same location as River Road going west. The intersection is 8 miles south of South Airport Road. Go east on Brown Bridge Road for 0.6 miles (or 0.1 miles past where the pavement ends) to the parking lot. You don't want to go to the first parking lot you

Sat. & Sun., Apr. 21-22, 2002 Jordan River Pathway Overnight

Come join us for an 18 mile backpacking trip through the very scenic Jordan River Valley. We will meet at the Dead Man's Hill trailhead at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday for the 8 mile hike to the Pinney Bridge campground (campsites, pump, outhouse). Sunday we will head back on the 10 mile return portion of this loop. To reach the trail head, travel 6 miles north of Alba on U.S. 131 and turn west on Dead Man's Hill Road. It is about 2 miles to the DNR parking area. Pinney bridge campground is just a short walk to the road so it is possible to spot a vehicle there for a shorter trip. Contact Rick Halbert 947-8485

Sat., May 18, 2002 3rd Annual Manistee River ECO Challenge Hodenpyl Dam

The third annual Eco (Ego?) Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 18. It is a non-competitive event consisting of mountain biking, paddling, and hiking. This is a tour, not a race. The purpose is to have FUN. The tour starts at Hodenpyl Dam and includes a mountain bike loop, a one way paddle down the river to Red Bridge, and a hike back to the start on the Manistee River Trail. The bike ride is about 12 miles

and the paddle and hike are each about 10 miles. Afterwards, we'll go back to Red Bridge where we left our boats and have a picnic. If you would like to only join us for one or two legs of the tour, that's fine. It should be a full day's activity. Don't plan much else for the same day. We've had a great time the past two years and this one should be no different. More information will be available in the spring. Any questions, call Mike Schaeffer at 947-9379.

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Do you have outdoor equipment you'd like to sell? As a member of the NCTA and Grand Traverse Hiking Club, you're entitled to advertise free in this newsletter (non-members - $5 per ad). Submit your items (Less than 50 words per ad please) to Brian Cox at 275-9833 or via email at: [email protected]

BACKPACK EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 2-man Sierra Design's Tent, ¾ Thermorest mattress, Svea white gas stove, Sven folding saw, Candle

lantern, REI goose down sleeping bag (rated 30 below), Misc. odds and ends. All equipment ½ off original price and in good condition. Contact Arlen Matson, 941-4152 or email: [email protected] CABIN FOR RENT Due to its unique location, a short hike from the Shore-to-Shore trail, adjacent to state forest and on the Platte River, Pokey Huddle offers unique recreational and reflective opportunities. It's a one-room cabin, with loft and bathroom, wood fired sauna, Canoe and Kayak available - $60 a night. Call Stewart McFerran at 275-5919 TENT FOR SALE Walrus Windshear 3-4 season 2-person tent, 6 LBS. Excellent condition--used 3 times. All accessories (poles, stuff sacks, stakes), also footprint. $75. Contact Dena Smith at email: [email protected] or leave message at 271-6552.

Sat., Jan. 19, 2002 - 10:00AM - Ski Outing Alligator Hill - Sleeping Bear NLS

Sat., Apr. 21. Jordan River Pathway

Sun., Feb. 17, 2002 - 10:00AM - Snowshoe Outing Brown Bridge - Buck's Landing

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