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SHTA Seeks New Volunteer and Education Coordinator

The Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA) is adding a full-time Volunteer and Education Coordinator to our team.
 

The Volunteer and Education Coordinator is the perfect opportunity for an energetic and community-oriented individual who not only understands the mechanics of volunteer management but enjoys sharing the importance of Leave No Trace principles. The Volunteer and Education Coordinator will be responsible for SHTA’s volunteer and education coordination and development. The position maintains and supports SHTA’s extensive volunteer resources and implements outdoor education workshops, trainings, and events.  With 300 volunteers completing over 6,000 hours of service per year, this position will lead in recruitment, registration, training, retention, and recognition of SHTA volunteers.

To learn more and apply, visit: superiorhiking.org/volunteer-and-education-coordinator/

Guidebook Gifted to Public Libraries and Area High Schools

 

 

The Superior Hiking Trail Association distributed 27 complimentary copies of our most recent publication, the 9th Edition of the Superior Hiking Trail Guidebook to area public and high school libraries in the communities along the Trail corridor. We hope the publication is a welcomed addition to our region’s libraries to help new users access the SHT and prepare for their adventures, whether it be a day hike or multi-week backpacking trip.  
 

This is just one small way that we can ensure the Superior Hiking Trail is accessible to all. There are no fees or permits to hike or camp along the 300 miles of trail and 94 primitive campsites.  We hope by providing this book to area libraries SHTA will further open up opportunities for people to learn about the Trail and make meaningful connections to our public lands and natural world.

 
The SHTA Welcomes New Board Members
Ryan Blaisdell and his family enjoying the great outdoors.

Last but not least in our series of new Board Member introductions, we’d like to welcome Ryan Blaisdell to our Board of Directors. 
 

A resident of Cook County for nearly twenty years, Ryan has “witnessed firsthand the significant role the SHT serves in providing recreational opportunities to a wide variety of users who both live on or visit the North Shore.” Professionally, Ryan works in recreation and land management and understands the challenges of stewarding a trail that requires coordination with landowners and educating people on how to play responsibly on public lands. 

Ryan is no stranger to the SHTA, he’s volunteered with the Association for many years, including the recent Kimball Creek Bridge installation. He brings along years of trail design, construction and maintenance experience that will help support SHTA’s renewal efforts and provide this unique perspective on the Board of Directors.

Thank you Ryan for stepping up into this new volunteer role and helping guide the Association as we work to renew the Trail and assure it is a sustainable recreation resource that will be there for the next generation to enjoy.

                   Fall Hunting Season Arrives to the Northwoods

Photo Credit: John Steitz Photography
As the leaves change and the temperatures cool, we transition into the fall season along the Trail. People will continue to use the SHT as they had all summer, but it’ll see a new user group use the trail corridor. Grouse hunting and deer hunting are both long time family traditions of many Minnesotans. The public lands along the North Shore provide ample opportunities for multi-generational outings into the woods in pursuit of deer and grouse.

Words of Wisdom from our Local Expert 

We took some time to chat with Nancy Hansen, Two Harbors Area Wildlife Manager with the MN Department of Natural Resources to get more insight in the fall hunting season. 

  • “The best way that hikers and hunters alike can be safe during hunting seasons is to wear some article of blaze orange or blaze pink clothing on their upper body while on trails. The most visible combination is a hat and a vest or a long sleeve if you are wearing a backpack.”
  • “Keep dogs leashed and it wouldn’t hurt to have a blaze orange dog vest or bandana on them too.”
  • “Public land is for everyone to enjoy, whether they want to birdwatch, do nature photography, hike, camp, hunt, fish, trap, or gather natural foods.”

Hunting Seasons and Closures

Grouse hunting season is currently underway and firearms deer season will open on Saturday, November 6th and will run through November 21st. During that time, expect the following:

  • Private landowners may close pieces of the Superior Hiking Trail which cross their property.

  • Certain sections with a high density of private lands may be entirely closed.

  • Hunters may be using the Superior Hiking Trail to access public lands. 

While most public lands remain open during firearms deer season, if you encounter a section of the SHT signed as closed, please stay off. You can help us maintain access to the Trail and honor our agreements with public and private landowners by staying off closed sections. For more information on trail closures, please visit our Trail Conditions page at superiorhiking.org.


 

Volunteer Powered Projects at Kimball and Split Rock

 

While volunteers were hard at work all over the Trail this summer, there were a few projects we just wouldn’t have been able to complete without their support. With the support of many volunteers, we were able to replace a few aging bridges at Kimball Creek and on the Split Rock River loop. 

Our volunteer program is essential to our efforts to make the SHT more resilient and sustainable. We would like to thank both the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation and Minnesota Power Foundation for their support of our volunteer program. Their financial contributions powered our volunteer program through a successful 2021 season. We can’t thank them enough for their support of the Trail.  
 

Kimball Creek Bridge Update

The USFS assisted us with the purchase of a 50 foot span fiberglass bridge to replace an aged bridge with failing abutments. Our staff and volunteers completed the installation in August. VCLs (volunteer crew leaders) really stepped up to support, along with long-time supporters and old friends of the Association.  In addition, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) was able to lend a crew that helped with final touches and clean up. 790 volunteer hours made this project a reality! 
 

Trail Enhancement Along the Split Rock River Loop

A bridge over a creek on the Split Rock River loop was in for a much needed upgrade. The old bridge was removed and placed in a wet section of the Trail approaching the crossing. The new 25 foot bridge took the collective effort of 30 people and 2,000 hours of work to complete the installation. In addition to the new bridge placed, a rock step approach was built along with 180 feet of trail relocated uphill from the bridge to reduce future erosion. We would like to thank Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and the MN DNR for their support in this project.

Volunteers Needed October 22 - Help Install Bear Poles

The SHTA is in need of volunteers to help install bear poles. 

We are seeking volunteers on Friday, October 22 to help install bear poles at West Lake Agnes and East Lake Agnes Campsites. Work will entail digging, hauling concrete, and installing the poles. 

The meeting place will be at the Caribou Trail Trailhead at 9 am. The hike into the worksite is approximately one mile. The day should be wrapped up no later than 4 pm. 

For questions and to register, please contact Tamer Ibrahim, Trail Operations Director, at tibrahim@superiorhiking.org

Thank you to all our volunteers. We couldn't do what we do without your support! 

Support the Trail by Purchasing SHT Goods!

As we transition into the fall season, check out some of these goods to help you out into the woods this fall.
HillSider Hip Pack with SHT Logo by Frost River Trading Co.
HillSider Hip Pack with SHT Logo by Frost River Trading Co.
$55.00
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Bandana
Bandana
$8.00
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Legacy Hopback 7-Panel Flat Brim Hat
Legacy Hopback 7-Panel Flat Brim Hat
$26.00
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Visit our Online Trail Store to discover other goods that'll help you rep your love for the Superior Hiking Trail and get you ready for your next adventure. 

All sales support the SHT!

Are you an active user of the Superior Hiking Trail? Do you love and care for the Trail as much as we do? 

Demonstrate your commitment and dedication to the SHT by donating and becoming a member today. 
 
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The Superior Hiking Trail Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID: 41-1569104. Our mailing address is:  PO Box 315, Two Harbors, MN 55616-0315

Questions? Contact us at info@superiorhiking.org.

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