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Work Underway to Restore Popular BWCA Trail

Posted at: 01/09/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 01/09/2013 11:00 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

Work is underway to restore a popular trail in the BWCA, burnt up by the Pagami Creek wildfire of 2011.

On Wednesday night, a group of outdoor advocates get at Duluth's Hartley Nature Center getting an update on the Pow Wow Trail in the BWCA from the Boundary Waters Advisory Commission.

Commission President Martin Kubik said eight of the 31 mile trail was turned to charred dust during the massive wildfire.

"The Pagami Creek fire was so intense that it burned all the soil, or a lot of the soil, and there is noting but dust or gravel in the ground," Kubik said.

Kubik said now the commission is working with the U.S. Forest Service to create a comprehensive restoration plan for the years ahead.

"Our goal is to have a plan to bring it back. That will include marking the trail, cutting all the tree falls, restoring the camp sites and replacing the latrines that burned in the fire," Kubik said.

He said in the more-than two years since the blaze, the Forest Service has done a lot of work to cut those fallen trees in about 24 miles of the trail. But overall, he said much of the trail remains unmarked.

"We need to make a plan that will work with the hikers so they can use so they can use the trail again like they're used to," Kubik said. "We realize that there will take more than one generation before the trail comes back."

If you have an interest in volunteering, click here or call Kubik at (651) 214-5849