Beltrami forest trail system in the works


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Original article by Brad Dokken on the Grand Forks Herald website: posted July 26, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

A new system of hunting trails in the works for Beltrami Island State Forest in northwest Minnesota will accommodate multiple uses, and work is scheduled to begin this fall or early winter, depending on ground conditions.

The Star of the North Trail, as it will be called, is a cooperative venture between the Lake of the Woods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The system will connect and enhance existing trails to cover a loop of about 67 miles when complete.

According to Jared Olafson, co-chairman of the Lake of the Woods RGS chapter and chairman of the group's five-person habitat committee, the idea for the project surfaced last fall after the chapter completed two smaller trails in the forest: the 1.3-mile Tut Marvin Trail and the .25-mile Roger Hockstedler Trail.


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