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 […]

Bruce Matthews testifies before Congress on H.R. 481

On July 8th, NCTA Executive Director Bruce Matthews testified on H.R. 481 (the Arrowhead Re-route bill) before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee. If you are curious as to what goes on during a Congressional hearing, you can listen to Bruce’s testimony as well as Rep. […]

NCT Volunteer Adventure in Pennsylvania

Hello Volunteer Adventurers and Friends, Our second annual North Country Trail Volunteer Adventure in Pennsylvania has come to an end and was successful thanks in part to you. Down in Slippery Rock Gorge, just south of Eckert Bridge in McConnell’s Mill State Park, I counted over 45 stone steps, a retaining wall, and a three […]

Itasca Moraine Chapter completes boardwalk project

This past weekend, volunteers of the NCTA’s Itasca Moraine Chapter completed the Gage Lake boardwalk project south of the community of Lake George, MN.  This project involved building a 186′ boardwalk across an alder/black ash swamp west of where the NCT crosses the Schoolcraft River. Bruce Johnson, ITM Board Member from Park Rapids, led the […]

Hearing scheduled for Arrowhead Re-route bill in U.S. House

According to Rep. Oberstar’s office (as reported by Bruce Matthews), the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee’s sub-committee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will be holding a hearing on H.R. 481 on July 8th.  When passed, this bill will enact the North Country Trail’s Arrowhead Re-route. For more info on the House National Parks, […]

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Border Route Trail featured in Backpacker Magazine

The Border Route Trail in northeastern MN was featured in the August 2009 issue of Backpacker Magazine in an article entitled “Where Solitude Rules.”  It contained a listing of “wilderness hideaways” where hikers can “lose themselves in a private paradise the crowds have overlooked.” Here is what they had to say: Border Route Trail, Minnesota […]

Blandin Paper Company (UPM) – 10 miles of new NCT

June 5, 2009 Duluth, MN — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Blandin Paper Company (UPM) have signed a binding agreement for the purchase of a working forest conservation easement to forever protect 187,277 acres of Northwoods forests, wetlands and shoreline currently owned by UPM. http://www.conservationfund.org/news/upper_mississippi_forest_lands_protected_forever This easement will help permanently protect lands […]