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By Ann Markusen
On the Mark 

DNR needs to support our non-motorized trails


May 24, 2019

Ann Markusen / Pine Knot News

Trash wood left behind by loggers in the Fond du Lac State Forest blocked the Rogers Lake Ski trail and ultimately had to be cleaned up by volunteers, not the logging company that left it behind.

This past fall, cross-country skiers performing trail maintenance in Carlton County's Fond du Lac State Forest came upon a mess. Loggers earlier in the year had obliterated our sturdy ski trail marker. A tenth of a mile of trash wood smothered our trail.

We asked the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources forestry office in Cloquet to require the logging company to remove the trash wood. We were told the contract was closed. It took several of us on two daylong trips to restore a makeshift trail through that section. Our thanks to ATV members who helped us with this effort. But we still...

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