Volunteer Vacation crew works on the NCT in Minnesota!

The crew poses by the NCT sign at State Highway 6 near Remer, MN

The crew poses by the NCT sign at State Highway 6 near Remer, MN

A small crew of Volunteer Vacation participants recently helped to maintain 7 miles of the North Country Trail within the Chippewa National Forest in northcentral Minnesota.  Thanks go out to Frank Cadwell (MN), Robert Duffield (TX), and Rick Koenig (KS) for volunteering and also to co-crew leader Phil Nimps of the NCTA’s Star of the North Chapter for all his help!

The project orientation, safety message, and welcome from Mitch Bouchonville of the Chippewa National Forest

The project orientation, safety message, and welcome from Mitch Bouchonville of the Chippewa National Forest

Specifically, the crew mowed and lopped trail sections for which the Star of the North and Arrowhead Chapters do not currently have trail adopters for.

Robert mows the NCT

Robert mows the NCT

Lopping back brush along the green tunnel

Lopping back brush along the green tunnel

We built this puncheon across a wet spot

We built this puncheon across a wet spot

Lunch time along the NCT

Lunch time along the NCT

Our base camp at Mabel Lake Campground

Our base camp at Mabel Lake Campground

The crew members pose with Mabel Lake and stormy skies in the background

The crew members pose with Mabel Lake and stormy skies in the background

Thanks to Mitch Bouchonville of the Chippewa National Forest; AHS crew members Frank, Rick, and Robert; and co-leader Phil Nimps for all the fun last week!

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