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BWCA Wilderness Trail Clearing Training Workshop

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 14 update:
Considering to join us on May 4th BWAC/Frost River partnership trail clearing trip on Powwow Trail? Then please take these steps before coming to this presentation on Tuesday (but you can do it later too, if there is space on the trip):
1) Fill out trip liability waiver and medical form with emergency contact. Form is here (scroll down to LEGAL for the two forms, print, fill out, bring to meeting)
2) You can register on line for the trip ($10 non-refundable show up fee)

Trip participants who are registered will get McKenzie map #19 and Nalgene 1 qt wide mouth water bottle (see photo below). All who come to the presentation will receive a Bent Paddle “penny-a-pint” coupon (that’s quite a deal!). We encourage you to drink responsibly and not the night before trail clearing. 🙂

Original Announcement
Interested in helping to restore the BWCA Powwow Trail for hikers and backpackers like you? This 1.5 hour workshop will make you familiar with wilderness trail clearing topics: cutting treefalls safely, trail clearing standards, participant and team expectations, proper clothing and gear for the trip, goals, food and itinerary. The workshop is intended for volunteers on May 4 day trip to clean up first several miles of the Powwow Trail, but participants are encouraged to inquire about other outings in May.

Most of the 30 mile long Powwow Trail burned in the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire. The fire was catastrophic and the Powwow was closed for several years. Forest Service cleared the trail initially but ceased maintaining the trail several years ago. To bridge that gap and to make the PWT hikeable again, volunteers from Boundary Waters Advisory Committee offered to help. In last two years more than 200 volunteers cleared treefalls and vigorous stands of jack pine from 25 miles of trail. That means there are only five more miles to clear in May to make the loop passable!

Join other like minded volunteers and clear trail with fast cutting hand saws and loppers. Help us make good on the pledge in 2019 to “Open the loop!” by lending a hand, be it for a day or extended weekend. BWA Committee and the Frost River are teaming up to bring back the Powwow Trail for hikers like you. Frost River is again providing a free van ride for Duluth area volunteers to and back from the Powwow Trail on the May 4 day trip. We will provide you with information about the trip, gear etc. at this training.

What do I need to do:
You will need to attend this required training session and register for the May 4 day trip on Meetup. Registration is a modest $10 (show up fee) per person. Register here>

Questions: Contact Martin Kubik at [masked] or call[masked] and let us know when to reach you.
There will be a door prize drawing at the workshop. This event is sponsored by Boundary Waters Advisory Commitee, a IRS 501c3 charitable and non-professionalized (100% volunteer run) non-profit.
About the presenter: Martin Kubik is the founder of the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, the Kekekabic Trail Club, and the 3M Club Outdoor Club. Martin was instrumental in saving the Kekekabic Trail in 1990 and again in 1999 after the Storm of the Century; and the Powwow Trail in 1993 and more recently after its devastation in the Pagami Creek Fire of 2011. He is an enthusiastic BWCAW volunteer organizer and outdoor skills mentor. Martin is recipient of several environmental awards, including from the US Forest Service, American Hiking Society and 3M Co. His other pursuits are photography and sewing camping gear on vintage sewing machines. Disclaimer: ESL – English as a Second Language


April 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Frost River
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