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SHTA Cancels Trail Clearing Weekends, Hires Beavers

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SHTA Cancels Trail Clearing Weekends, Hires Beavers

SHTA Cancels Trail Clearing Weekends, Hires Beavers

April 1, 2019

On Monday, the Superior Hiking Trail Association announced it had decided to cancel its upcoming volunteer Trail Clearing Weekends after hiring a crew of local beavers to take over responsibility for clearing the SHT.

“We think beaver crews are the way of the future for the Superior Hiking Trail,” said SHTA executive director Denny Caneff. “Like our volunteers, they work tirelessly and never complain,” explained Caneff.

Pictured: SHTA’s unofficial mascot and Beaver Crew Leader, Birchy, enjoying some fresh bread.

Unlike volunteer crews, the beavers require no training or support from SHTA to complete their work. Mr. Caneff mentioned that they appeared to come by this work naturally. “They even provide their own lodging.”

As the Association looks forward to warmer weather to begin their work on the Trail, they hope to keep the beaver crews occupied throughout the year. “Busy beavers mean a better experience for hikers and runners on the SHT,” said Caneff. They’ve already provided materials for a new wooden SHT magnet, sold online and in the Trail Information Center at SHTA’s World Headquarters. And after trail clearing duties are finished, SHTA plans to direct the beavers to dam all of the rivers, streams, and creeks along the Trail’s 300+ mile corridor.  “We’re taking water management on the Trail seriously, and our new beaver crews will really ‘sink their teeth’ into this project,” shared the Association’s director.

“Dam it,” is the new mantra for SHTA’s water management strategy.

And in the true spirit of volunteerism for the SHT, an Association member who also happens to be a dentist is offering free dental care for those beavers who step up for trail clearing. For the rest of the volunteers who’ve already signed up for Trail Clearing Weekends, SHTA apologizes for the confusion and recommends they watch the volunteer calendar and Facebook page for more opportunities to get involved on the Trail.

The beavers, based out of Beaver Bay, declined to provide comment on this article, but gave a loud tail slap of approval before disappearing back into their lodge.