Date: September 24, 2001
Millions of Acres Conserved By Voluntary Action;
Number of Nonprofit Land Trusts At New High

Date: August 29, 2001
Contact: Ruth Oppedahl, Bayfield Regional Conservancy 779-LAND (5263)

The Brownstone Trail is benefiting from improvements constructed by the Wisconsin Conservation Corps this week in Bayfield. An elaborate set of stairs is being built for the trail that was highly eroded by the spring rains. A 6-foot ramp runs along the outside of the stairway for bicycles and strollers.

"The hand-fitted timbers and customized work by this crew is awesome," said Ruth Oppedahl of the Bayfield Regional Conservancy, the local sponsor for the project. "These improvements make this stretch of the trail 100% more useable."

The Brownstone Trail follows the old railroad grade from the City of Bayfield to Port Superior. Through the generosity of landowners, the trail is used by the public for walking, running, skiing and snow shoeing. This stretch of the trail was established in 1997 when the Blue Wing Bay subdivision was planned. In order to keep a continuous walking trail open to the public a new route was established behind the newly-platted lots. The improvements constructed by the WCC crew should be completed by August 31.

The Wisconsin Conservation Corps crew is sponsored by Bayfield County Tourism & Recreation Office.