The EAW is required for any new path longer than 10 miles on DNR lands, stated Charlie Tucker, assistant supervisor of Pink Lake Wildlife Administration Space at Norris Camp south of Roosevelt, Minn.
When full, the Star of the North Path system will embrace about 70 miles in a community of latest and present path segments. A number of the trails are open to motorized use, and others are restricted to foot journey.
“We’ve to undergo this course of to cross our T’s and dot our I’s,” Tucker stated. “The environmental worksheet provides biologists an opportunity to touch upon the venture, and in case you move, so to talk, you are executed and your venture can go ahead. If it is deemed they need to take a look at it in additional depth, then you definitely transfer on to Environmental Impression Assertion.”
The hope is to have the EAW wrapped up later this fall, Tucker stated.
The Lake of the Woods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society in Warroad, Minn., is overseeing the Star of the North venture in partnership with the DNR. Particular person sponsorships, together with grants from the Ruffed Grouse Society’s Drummer Fund and the Warroad Group Fund, are serving to to pay for the path segments.
So far, the Star of the North Path System consists of about 30 miles together with present trails and connections, stated Jared Olafson, co-chairman of the RGS chapter and chairman of the group’s habitat committee.
A lot of the remaining forty miles can be new development, pending the result of the EAW, Olafson stated.
“We’re sort of a product of our personal success and our personal worst enemy,” he stated. “They’re hoping to wrap up (the EAW) this fall so we will begin development once more. We’ve got been given the go-forward to take care of trails already in existence and trails which were deemed already a part of it, so we now have a couple of miles we will construct this fall.”
The dry summer time has been conducive to sustaining and mowing trails, together with locations that have been too moist to work on final fall, Olafson stated. Chapter members additionally will set up further signage alongside the path routes, Olafson stated.
Ultimately, a smartphone app with maps and historic information for path customers could possibly be developed, he stated.
“That is type of the longer term plan, however for the interim, we will hold plugging alongside and attempt to get this path executed sooner quite than later,” Olafson stated.