Trail Improvements

Bayfield Area Trails volunteers improved a steep unstable section of the trail south of Blue Wing Bay Road by making it more user friendly for walkers of all skill levels, as well as for “wheeled” users including bikes and strollers. Funding for this project came from a Bayfield County Health Department grant to the Town of Bayfield and donations from Anthony Jennings, Kathleen Russell, Tim and Cari Logemann, Heidi Zimmer of Wild Rice Retreat, and Landmark Conservancy. Read the full blog post here

Blue Wing Bay Before After

Before & After – Blue Wing Bay Stairs – Brownstone Trail

Shoreline Inventory

To better understand natural resource conditions, land management concerns, and long-term sustainability of the Brownstone Trail, Northland College is leading a comprehensive assessment of the shoreline adjacent to the trail corridor. This past summer students spent time on the trail identifying, mapping and taking measurements of culverts, slopes, and other features. They obtained vegetation data, soil profiles, and water table depths.

Field Data Collection

Field Data Collection

Field Data Analysis

Field Data Analysis

The field work and data collection have now wrapped up and the work has shifted indoors to writing, analyzing and mapping. A grant extension has recently been given and the final report will be finalized by January 15th with a public presentation to follow. This study is funded by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s Biodiversity Fund. Partners include Landmark Conservancy, Bayfield Area Trails group, the Town of Bayfield, the City of Bayfield, as well as other conservation partners.

Thanks to our Brownstone Trail Partners and Funders!

Landowners, Individual Donors, Volunteers and:

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Funded (or funded in part) by the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund and the Biodiversity Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

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