Testimony on the Arrowhead Re-route

The following is a transcript of Bruce’s testimony on the Arrowhead Re-route STATEMENT OF BRUCE E. MATTHEWS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL ASSOCIATION (NCTA), BEFORE THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC LANDS CONCERNING H.R. 481: NORTH COUNTRY NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL ROUTE ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 2009. July 8, 2009 […]

Good crowd enjoys 3rd Annual North Country Hiking Fest!

A good crowd took part in the 3rd Annual North Country Hiking Fest this past Saturday at Itasca State Park in Minnesota.  The family-friendly event was sponsored by the NCTA’s Itasca Moraine and Laurentian Lakes Chapters and Itasca State Park.  It attracted 100+ participants including local area residents, NCTA members from MN & ND, and […]

The Call of the North, the Minnesota member newsletter has gone electronic!

As of the current Summer-Fall 2009 issue, the Call of the North, NCTA’s Minnesota member newsletter will only be available electronically.   This difficult decision has been made for two reasons: 1) To save the Star of the North chapter’s limited financial resources for outreach (e.g. having an NCTA booth at the semi-annual Outdoor Adventure […]

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Updated: Volunteer NCT adopters sought for Chippewa National Forest (MN)

UPDATED! UPDATED! UPDATED! The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and Chippewa National Forest’s Walker Ranger District are looking for people who like the outdoors to adopt sections of the nation’s longest hiking trail – the North Country National Scenic Trail. Currently, there are seven adopt-a-trail-sections (download the maps as a PDF) within the Chippewa National […]

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3rd Annual North Country Hiking Fest @ Itasca State Park

NCTA members and trail friends in Minnesota are invited to attend the 3rd Annual North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park on Saturday August 29th.  This family-friendly event is sponsored by the Minnesota DNR – Itasca State Park and NCTA-Itasca Moraine and Laurentian Lakes Chapters and will feature: A 6-mile guided hike on the […]

Scenes from the NCTA conference in North Dakota!

This past weekend, a crowd of 150+ NCTA members attended the annual conference in Valley City, ND that was hosted by the Sheyenne River Valley Chapter. The event featured a great variety of hikes, workshops, tours, family activities, and evening entertainment. Above are some pictures from Friday’s Family Hike at Clausen Springs and the Stairway […]

NCT Long-distance hikers making significant progress!

Here’s a brief update on the progress of the two long-distance hikers currently out on the NCT (lady’s first): Bonita “Mother Goose” Curtner just (7/25) crossed into the U.P. of Michigan from Wisconsin on her 2009 trek from the western terminus to somewhere in lower Michigan.  So far, she has hiked 84 days covering 1160 […]

Laurentian Lakes Chapter completes new boardwalk

On June 24th, volunteers with the Laurentian Lakes Chapter replaced a crumbling boardwalk damaged by ATVs and built a new 82′ long boardwalk to replace it.  The location of the project is about 3 miles east of the County Hwy 39 trailhead (just west of Itasca State Park’s western boundary) on NCTA hiking map #MN-10. […]

NCT & LLC chapter featured on local MN cable TV news show

The Laurentian Lakes Chapter (LLC) and the North Country Trail are featured in the two most recent Hometown Happenings TV programs airing on TV3 in the Detroit Lakes, MN area.  Carol McCarthy of TV3 interviewed Chapter President Ray Vlasak and other trail workers (including a Minnesota Conservation Corps crew & Boy Scout Troop 690 from […]

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Team effort to improve NCT within ND's Lonetree WMA

Recently, a team effort of the North Dakota Game & Fish Department’s Lonetree Office and the North Country Trail Association’s Volunteer Adventure greatly improved the 32 miles of the North Country Trail within Lonetree WMA near Harvey, ND. Staff of the Game & Fish Dept. mowed a 10-mile section of trail that will be hiked […]