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House Trails Caucus reception

By Bruce Matthews Here is a photo from last night’s House Trails Caucus reception, showing Andrea and I and Greg Miller, president of American Hiking Society.  At the reception AHS honored Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR) for championing the trails agenda over the years, and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who announce his re-introduction of the Complete America’s […]

Day 2 in Washington, D.C.

By Bruce Matthews Today (Sunday) Andrea and I are here in DC, involved in meetings with the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS), in preparation for our visits to the Hill and to various federal agencies next week. One of the cool things the PNTS does each year is assemble all the volunteer hours […]

NCTA Goes To Washington: Hike the Hill 2013

February 7, 2013 by Bruce Matthews The North Country Trail Association will be represented at this year’s Hike the Hill (Feb.9-14) by Director of Trail Development Andrea Ketchmark, John and Pat Leinen, NPS Superintendent Mark Weaver and myself, Executive Director Bruce Matthews. During this week the national trails community gathers to meet as the Partnership […]

WI's Roving Trail Crew wraps up an "Award Winning" year on the NCT

Bill Menke, NCTA’s Wisconsin Regional Trail Coordinator recently prepared a 2012 summary report for the Brule-St. Croix Roving Trail Crew (or the “Rovers”).  Below is an excerpt from his report (PDF, 1.5MB). 2012 Crew Statistics “If 2011 was known as “The Year of The Bridges”, then by all logic 2012 will be known as “The […]

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Arrowhead Re-Route Update – December 12, 2012

Written by Bruce Matthews, NCTA’s Executive Director Since 2005, fans of the North Country National Scenic Trail have been working hard to secure the re-route of the trail to include the section in northeast Minnesota encompassed by the Superior Hiking, Border Route and Kekekabic Trails. Anyone familiar with the area can see in a heartbeat why […]

NCTA and NPS Staff attended the National Scenic Trails workshop

Early in November, a delegation from the North Country National Scenic Trail attended the Partnership for the National Trails System’s (PNTS) National Scenic Trails workshop at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.  The NCT delegation included NPS’ Superintendent Mark Weaver, NPS’ Trail Manager Jeff McCusker, NCTA’s Director of Trail Development Andrea Ketchmark, and […]

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Learn more about the NCT at the Outdoor Adventure Expo this weekend

Once again, the North Country Trail and NCTA will be represented by the Star of the North Chapter at this weekend’s Outdoor Adventure Expo hosted by Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis, MN.  We’ll be “next door” to the Border Route Trail Association and Kekekabic Trail Club and close to the Superior Hiking Trail Association.  There will […]

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New issue of the Call of the North (NCTA's MN newsletter) now available

The latest issue (Fall Winter 2012, PDF 1.2MB) of the Call of the North is now available.  Call of the North is NCTA’s Minnesota newsletter.  In it, you’ll find: An article by Luke Jordan discussing his 2013 NCT thru-hike and the Minnesota inspiration for it An update on the ~25 new miles of the NCT built […]

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2012: A Good Year for the NCT in MN!

When people look back at the development of the North Country Trail in Minnesota in the future, this year will stand out as a very productive year.  Here are some of the highlights: The Itasca Moraine Chapter’s new Waboose Lake Loop Trail The Itasca Moraine Chapter finished developing a new 4-mile loop trail around Waboose […]

The Chequamegon Chapter's last trail workday

Five hardworking Chequamegon Chapter volunteers, Mike Ryan, Kevin Schram, Peter Freiburger, Mary Stenberg, and Rick Pomerleau, participated in the trail maintenance event on Saturday, October 20. The project involved replacing the rotten decking boards on a bridge on the NCT near Esox Lake north of Drummond. The length of the wooden walkway bridge was extended […]