Marcellus Gas Drilling: What does it mean for the North Country Trail?

Hundreds of miles of the North Country Trail pass over the Marcellus Shale, which lies a mile beneath the surface of PA, OH, and NY. Recent interest in drilling the shale for natural gas caused an influx of drilling operations in the region– What does this mean for the NCT?

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Itasca Moraine Chapter completes their trail section

Congratulations go to the Itasca Moraine Chapter for completing their trail section (from the Chippewa National Forest’s west boundary and Itasca State Park) last week!  Last Thursday, they completed the last part of the 6.9 mile section between Hubbard Co. 4 and Spider Lake Trail. According to Jerry Trout… “I am happy, to say the […]

Getting Things Done: Tom Baumgardner Awarded Butler Outdoor Club's 2009 Outstanding Service Award

Thomas Baumgardner was the recipient of this year’s Butler Outdoor Club Outstanding Service Award, an honor that recognizes individuals (BOC members or non-members) whose service efforts have contributed to the bettering of the community by creating opportunities for outdoor recreation and the enjoyment of nature. Tom works diligently to improve and preserve the North Country […]

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New issue of the Call of the North is now available

The latest, Winter 2009-2010, issue of the Call of the North (Minnesota’s NCTA member/friend newsletter) is now available for download (call-of-the-north-winter-2009-10, 1.6 MB). Here’s a sneak peak into the contents: Cover Story: Todd McMahon’s account of Order of the Arrow volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America who  helped clear the Kekekabic Trail this summer […]

New Arrowhead Chapter making progress!

At their most recent meeting (10/28), the newly-formed Arrowhead Chapter elected some officers and drafted a “5-year plan” for developing the NCNST within Itasca County. Initial chapter officers include: Doug Baker – President Ken Zimmer – Vice President Gabe Doty – Secretary Craig Dingman – Webmaster & Events Committee Coordinator Larry Best – Quartermaster / […]

DPG chapter hosts workday to mark NCT segment for winter use

On 10/13, a small group of NCTA volunteers went out onto the NCT within the Sheyenne National Grassland to improve the trail marking.  Our goal was to make the trail easier to follow in the winter, when the gravel trail tread is obscured by snow.  Since the Grasslands are much more open than most of […]

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Joint LLC & ITM End of Season Celebration held in Nevis, MN!

This past Saturday, about 40 NCTA members and friends convened at the White Tail Tavern in Nevis, MN to celebrate THE END* of the successful 2009 trail season.  Following dinner, a “business” meeting featured the presentation of awards handed out at the 2009 NCTA Annual Conference in Valley City.  There were four national award winners […]

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NCTA volunteer maintaining a cool blog of his photos & experiences

Tom Salwasser, a NCTA member/volunteer from Circle Pines, Minnesota, has created a blog entitled It’s Later Than You Think which combines his passion for hiking with his other passion for photography.  If you’re interested in seeing some amazingly scenic photos from the NCT within the Chippewa National Forest, visit Tom’s blog.  Tom’s blog entries also […]

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Interesting newspaper article in Fargo Forum about Clausen Springs Dam in Kathryn, ND

You might be wondering “What does this news story have to do with the North Country Trail?”  Well, the easy answer is “as the dam goes so goes the North Country Trail!”   The faint trail visible on top of the dam in the picture above is our beloved North Country Trail. Officials in Kathryn, Barnes […]

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Nimblewill Nomad nearing completion of his NCT thru-hike

I had the pleasure of speaking with our intrepid thru-hiker Eb “Nimblewill Nomad” Eberhart yesterday afternoon.  He answered his cell phone from atop a ridge overlooking Lake Superior by Finland, MN.  He is currently finishing the last miles of the Superior Hiking Trail and expects to be in Two Harbors tomorrow (10/7).   After reaching Two […]