City of CLARE recognizes Green Pine Lake Trails Restorations

In a wonderful newspaper article, the city of Clare, Michigan, recognized and complimented the efforts of all the Volunteers who came out to help Restore the Boy Scouts created Trails at Green Pine Lake. Ausable State Forest area. After many years of abandonment, the extensive Trails, Boardwalks, Bridges and Map posts had fallen into disrepair, making much of the area un-navicable.

TAKE A READ of the CLARE NewsPaper ARTICLE on the RESTORATION WORK

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THE CLARE CITY REVIEW NEWSPAPER LINK

Mark Wilson, our director here at Hiking North/Central Michigan, started this project with a number of GPS hikes to get an idea of just where the last of the Trails existed. He was assisted by a number of people, including Scout Master Jeff from Ortonville. This allowed a good Map to be created to start the ball rolling.

Mark got together with the Friends of Clare county and organized a Trails Restoration on Saturday, 4/21/13. The Groups who turned out worked very hard and some even stayed overnight at the Mud Lake Campground to continue the work the following day.

A big stop for the Group was a local Beaver who decided he needed to Dam up one of the creeks and flood out an entire section of the Trail. The DNR will be removing the Beaver so further work can continue, and the whole project can be finished up this summer. Look for the next weekend scheduled Trails Restorations coming soon. This one will be scheduled for the entire weekend, with free Camping supplied by the DNR at Mud Lake Campground nearby.

GET A COPY OF THE GREEN PINE LAKE AREA HERE.

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Green Pine Lake Trails PROJECT

I have been working closely with Mark on an idea he had about rescuing a Trails network in the Ausable State Forest that has become almost abandoned. Why? Not sure about the answers to that question, but something can be done.

Mark has been exploring and GPSing this unique and diverse ecosystem for the last few weeks now and passing the coordinates over to me as I layered them on a master map we are building. This section of State Forest connects to a Boy Scout Lost Lake Camp, making the area even more productive and useful for so many different types of people. Mark is in contact with our DNR and the Clare county Parks & Recreation attempting to get both permission and cooperation in doing an overhaul of this entire Trails system while it still exists.

Rebuilding some of the Boardwalks and Bridges along the trails. Clearing back some of the plants that have attempted to reclaim sections of the trails due to the lack of maintenance, and getting a quality mapping system so that all types of people can use this Sate Forest trails system to it’s full extent.

Look for some announcements soon on some upcoming Trails Programs we will be organizing through the Hiking North/Central Michigan and Southeastern Michigan Groups. In the meantime. Take a look at what we have put together as an overview Map of the entire area.