2017-07-13 / Outdoors

HNF officials seeking input on forest trails

GLADSTONE – Do you have ideas about recreation trails on Hiawatha National Forest? If you are a trail user or enthusiast who would like to help identify opportunities to improve connectivity, sustainability, and user experience across the Hiawatha National Forest trails system, this is your chance!

“In February, Hiawatha National Forest announced preparations for a Comprehensive Trails Analysis,” said Paul Holeva, Recreation Program Manager. “Now we want to remind you to send us your feedback on how we can create a better experience for all of our forest trail user.”

This spring, members of the public formed a “Trails Working Group” on each zone of the Hiawatha National Forest. Members of the TWG represent the interests of their activity group. You can read about the process and see a list of the representatives on the Forest’s Comprehensive Trails Analysis webpage (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/hiawatha/ workingtogether/?cid=FSEP RD533385).

“We hope that all of our recreation trail users will review the web page and contact their user group representatives with their ideas or concerns,” Holeva said. “These representatives will use your input to propose changes to the forest trail system that meet the needs of the entire user group. They will also use your feedback to provide input to other user group representatives, to help ensure that the entire forest trails system will meet the needs of all of our trail users.”

The Forest Service’s objective is to identify opportunities to improve connectivity, sustainability, and the user experience across the Hiawatha National Forest. The zone TWGs will continue to meet through December 2017. The dates and locations for upcoming meetings are as follows:

West Zone -- Jul 27; Aug 31; Sep 28; Oct 26; and Nov 30. Meetings will be held 6 pm-8pm on at Mathias Township Community Building, E 2997 State Highway M-67, Trenary, MI 49891.

East Zone -- Aug 17 (4:30-7:30pm at Tahquamenon Hotel, Hulbert, MI), with additional meetings to be announced.

In addition to contacting user group representatives, the public is welcome to attend the meeting(s). For more information about the Comprehensive Trails Analysis, contact Paul Holeva by telephone at 906-428-5889 or by email at pholeva@ fs.fed.us.

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