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Learn more about the NCT at the upcoming Outdoor Adventure Expo!

It’s almost that time again for NCT supporters to reach the masses this coming weekend via Midwest Mountaineering’s Outdoor Adventure Expo in Minneapolis, MN.  Here are some highlights of this Expo: 2013 North Country Trail thru-hiker Luke “Strider” Jordan will be a featured presenter and will give his first ever public presentation about his recently completed trek. […]

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Another way to recruit some (long-term) volunteers!

Over the last 5 years, the Itasca Moraine and Laurentian Lakes Chapters have utilized Americorps-NCCC crews to help build and/or enhance portions of the North Country Trail here in northcentral Minnesota.  The latest crew – Class XIX Oak 4 – just left last week.  While in Minnesota working from 9/3 – /26, they finished a […]

Minnesota and North Dakota newsletter now available

The latest issue (Spring 2014) of the Call of the North newsletter is now available (PDF, 1.4MB).  In it, you’ll read about… an update on the forthcoming Minnesota NCT guidebook an update on the Minnesota Hiking Celebration event an article on the proposed ND Clean Water Wildlife & Parks Amendment an article on essential oil insect […]

How do we recruit more volunteers? Here is one way!

NCTA utilizes Volunteer Vacations to recruit additional volunteers and accomplish much-needed work on the NCT in Minnesota and North Dakota There are segments of the NCT in both Minnesota and North Dakota that are completed but lack the local trail adopters to perform the required annual basic maintenance (e.g. mowing, lopping, maintaining signage).  Like is […]

Volunteer Vacation crew works on the NCT in Minnesota!

A small crew of Volunteer Vacation participants recently helped to maintain 7 miles of the North Country Trail within the Chippewa National Forest in northcentral Minnesota.  Thanks go out to Frank Cadwell (MN), Robert Duffield (TX), and Rick Koenig (KS) for volunteering and also to co-crew leader Phil Nimps of the NCTA’s Star of the […]

Trails Advocacy Week Takeaways….

By Bruce Matthews Your DC NCTA Advocacy Team spent last week in Washington carrying out our agenda on behalf of the North Country Trail. Myself, Andrea Ketchmark (Director of Trail Development) and Minnesota volunteer John Leinen (who also serves as the Partnership for the National Trails System treasurer) met with 40 different offices of Members […]

Land protection and the National Trails System

By Andrea Ketchmark, NCTA’s Director of Trail Development We speak often of the 2,000 miles yet to be built of the North Country Trail across private land. Combine that with the needs of the other 29 National Scenic and Historic Trails and the number of miles and acres needed to fulfill the vision set by […]

Arrowhead Re-Route Summary

Having completed a week’s worth of meetings with members of Congress here is the status of our Minnesota Arrowhead Re-Route effort. We have a commitment from both Senator Klobuchar (MN) and Representative Nolan (MN-08) to introduce the re-route bill in this Congress. We have commitments from at least another 11 Members to co-sponsor the bill. […]

Meeting with the NPS Director

By Bruce Matthews Wednesday morning we were invited to a meeting with National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. This is the first time during any Trails Advocacy Week that Director Jarvis has agreed to meet with our National Trails community.  Director Jarvis indicated he intended to stay as Director throughout Obama’s second term, and outline […]

Hike the Hill update: House Visits

By Bruce Matthews Finishing up an intensive day of Hill visits, to Members of the House. Started out with MN-08’s Rick Nolan, who personally greeted John Leinen and myself, and talked about his love of trails, including those he’s built on his own land. We strategized with his legislative director, Jim Swiderski, about when to introduce […]