The North Country Trail could use your help. The Western Michigan Chapter of the NCTA and the US Forest Service have received numerous reports this year of a cyclist sawyer who is using a chainsaw to remove blowdowns along the trail. While we commend this individual's commitment to the trails, we would very much like to coordinate our efforts and ensure volunteer safety. Two primary concerns come to mind. First, some of the tree removal is not being done to specification and hazardous situations are sometimes being left behind. Second, we are concerned for this person's personal safety. The Forest Service requires all volunteer sawyers to be trained, certified, and using full personal protection equipment. The Western Michigan Chapter would like to work with this individual to coordinate activities, provide training and certification, and potentially provide personal protection equipment and required tools to complete the job safely
Please know that all volunteers doing work in the National Forest must have signed volunteers agreements with the Forest Service. We would be happy to direct any potential volunteers on how to make this happen.
If you know this individual, please encourage him to contact the Western Michigan Chapter of the NCTA. http://www.northcountrytrail.org/wmi
. Our intent is to provide a high-quality trail worthy of National Scenic Trail designation for all user groups, to protect the environment, and to protect user safety while enjoying the outdoors.
Western Michigan Chapter NCTA