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 […]

National Trails Day work to "spiff up" the NCT in MN's Chippewa N.F.

A small group of folks participated in a workday held on National Trails Day with the goal of ATV proofing a section of the North Country Trail within the Chippewa National Forest.  Working were Brian, Barb, and Audrey Pavek of Maple Grove, MN; Matt Davis of Detroit Lakes, MN; and Tom Schackman and Mitch Bouchonville […]

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National Trails Day 2009 Recap

Many members, chapters and affiliates celebrated National Trails Day last Saturday along the length of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Thanks for helping the trails community share the great things that happen when people and hiking trails come together!Please share the highlights from your events in the comments section below. Photos of your event […]

"Mother Goose" leaves wonderful ND people behind and enters MN

Bonita “Mother Goose” Curtner crossed the mighty Red River of the North yesterday and entered MN on her trek from Lake Sakakawea State Park to Michigan on the North Country Trail!  I had the privilidge of meeting her for lunch today at the I-94 truck stop cafe in Rothsay, MN. After asking her for feedback […]

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Mother Goose traversing NCT route in ND

Long-distance hiker Bonita “Mother Goose” Curtner is currently on the NCT in southeastern North Dakota. As of yesterday (5/27) she was in Fort Ransom State Park heading eastbound towards Ft. Abercrombie, the Red River crossing and Minnesota. She has enjoyed the warmer weather of late although she isn’t too found of our abundant wood ticks […]