Thunder Bay Trails Association will hold an annual meeting.
WHEN: Thursday, November 6th, 5PM to 8PM. Business meeting at 6:ooPM. Pizza provided by TBTA, beverages available
WHERE: Aplex 751 Woodward Ave
Meeting Minutes 10-1-14
1. Road bike map project
2. Update on proposed timber harvest at the Chippewa Hills Pathway
TBTA and the Alpena CVB hosted an open house in the parking lot of the Chippewa Hills Pathway. The event was on Saturday at 10:00 AM. The goal for TBTA was to educate anyone interested in the pending timber cut and its impact on the pathway. To say the least I was overwhelmed by the turnout. I estimated 150 to 200 people were in attendance. These people showed up to express their concerns over the proposed timber cut and the importance of the Chippewa Hills Pathway. Non-motorized trails advocacy is alive and well in Alpena County.
TBTA leadership met with the DNR at the Alpena County Library on Friday afternoon. The DNR was well represented with staff from the Forest Resources, Parks & Recreation, and the Wildlife Division. Of particular note was the presence of William O’Neil, Chief of the Forest Resources Division. Also in attendance were Mary Beth Stutzman, Alpena CVB, Jackie Krawczak Alpena Chamber of Commerce, and Representative Peter Petallia.
Join Thunder Bay Trails Association & the Alpena Area CVB for a PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE at Chippewa Hills Pathway.
Saturday, October 11th @ 10a.m.
Meet in the front parking lot at the pathway. Tour guides will lead an informational session and walk-thru of the Pathway and share information about the DNR’s proposed cutting plan and ramifications to the pathway.
On September 30th the following email was received from the DNR.
Sent on behalf of Bill O’Neill, Chief, Forest Resources Division
Thank You for contacting the DNR about the Chippewa Hills Pathway. We appreciate your interest in the trail, and understand your concerns about timber management plans in the area and the potential impact on the trail system. The Thunder Bay Trails Association (TBTA) has also voiced concerns.
Thunder Bay Trails Association will hold a monthly membership meeting on Wednesday October 1st. The meeting will start at 6:00PM. The meeting place is Alpena Community College, Center Building, room 106. On the agenda will be the proposed timber cut at the Chippewa Hills Pathway. The meeting is open to TBTA membership and other interested parties.
CHIPPEWA HILLS PATHWAY AND SINGLE TRACK THREATENED
A recent mountain bike ride on the Chippewa Hills Pathway revealed that the surrounding forest has been marked for an extensive timber cut. Trees right up to the edge of pathway are marked with bright red paint designating them for elimination. The entire area surrounding the mountain bike single track will be cut.
Chippewa Hills Pathway is one of two pathways located on state forest land in Alpena County. Chippewa Hills is unique because of its elevation changes and rolling hardwood forest. The pathway is located within the confines of the Mackinac State Forest thus it comes under the management of the Forest Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources. TBTA has a considerable stake in the pathway. TBTA took over the maintenance of the pathway over 15 years ago after the Forest Resources Division cited lack of funding and manpower to maintain the pathway. TBTA has received no assistance from the DNR in preserving, protecting and maintaining the pathway. The pathway is used for hiking, biking, skiing, snow shoeing and equestrian recreation. Beginning in 1995, TBTA has lobbied the DNR and many others to expand the trail system to include the mountain bike single track. Those efforts have all been met with a resounding, “NO”, from DNR officials.
THE BLOWDOWN ON THE #11 GOING TOWARD #12 SINGLE TRACK HAS BEEN CLEARED BY THE TRAILMASTERS. ENJOY THE RIDE.
Experience a unique 5K course that encompasses a 60 year-old limestone quarry on the scenic shores of Lake Huron, all proceeds benefiting The Alpena Cancer Center.
We are excited to announce our first ever charity fundraising event. The “Quarry Run/Walk” is a 5K event with all proceeds benefiting the Cancer Center at Alpena Regional Medical Center. The Cancer Center is a partnership with the University of Michigan and provides comprehensive cancer care to the residents of northeast Michigan. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to benefit new equipment upgrades for ARMC. This unique event will take place on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Lafarge Presque Isle Quarry. Participants will compete on a course that encompasses the 60 year old mining operation and its serene landscape, which is located on the pristine shores of Lake Huron.
EARLY REGISTRATION RATES FOR THIS EVENT END AUGUST 1ST!
Registration starts at 8 a.m. on August 16th, 2014
9 a.m. 5K Quarry Run/Walk Starts
10:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony & Breakfast for Participants
12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. 60th Anniversary Celebration (Open to the Public)
Download the Event Brochure Here.
Please also consider donating online to the Alpena Cancer Center
There will be a 2nd meeting for the purposed Road Cycling Route Maps in the Alpena area.
Meeting will take place at the Cabin Creek Coffee Shop 5Pm on July 10,2014
Anyone is welcome we urge TBTA board members to attend.