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Expert Eyes Evaluate SHT Campsite

October 28, 2019 Last year, the Superior Hiking Trail Association brought in experts to evaluate our Trail and help us make decisions about renewal priorities. Absent from those conversations, however, was an assessment of the SHT’s occasionally less-than-sustainable campsites. With increasing trail use and pressure on our tent pads and latrines, we know it’s time […]

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Water, Water Everywhere, Especially On the SHT

October 23, 2019 The abiding memory SHT users may have of their 2019 experience on the Trail may well be, “Sure was wet and muddy out there.” Indeed. With the record amount of snowfall last winter, some falling well into May, and the near-daily rainfall we’ve had on the North Shore since early September (exaggeration, […]

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Doing It Right: Principles and Design Standards on the SHT

October 23, 2019 (Originally published in the Fall 2019 Ridgeline newsletter) I was new on the job at the SHTA two years ago, trying to get a handle on the best design and construction standards for the Trail that would withstand the increasing pounding, both from feet and from water, expected in the coming decades.  […]

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Lowest Point on the SHT Gets A Lift From VCLs

August 21, 2019 A hike through the boggy, eastern end of the Hovland Lakewalk will now be a pleasant stroll along sturdy elevated boardwalk — complete with a handrail. From Chicken Wire to Bog Pans Over the course of two weeks in August, SHTA staff and volunteers resurrected a perpetually muddy, if not fully submerged, […]

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Blitz, Brigade, and More Leave the Trail Better Than Before

July 22, 2019 Here’s something we know: when a volunteer is trained and matched to the right task, they do amazing things for the Trail. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to do both, by offering training opportunities and finding new ways to engage volunteers in discreet tasks that suit them well. And already […]

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