Revitalizing the Brownstone Trail after a landslide occurred in 2018 has been a priority for Landmark Conservancy and the Bayfield community.
Restoring the trail is a work in progress and is only made possible with community support. On Saturday, November 12, Bayfield Area Trails and Landmark Conservancy volunteers showed up in chilly weather to provide essential work on the trail. The productive workday established a new temporary reroute through the Maki property, allowing trail-users to circumvent the reroute detour alongside Highway 13.
“Thank you to an amazing group of volunteers for being willing to work in suboptimal conditions—even snow flurries!” said Erika Lang, Landmark’s Conservation Manager. “We truly could not have gotten this work done without these people.”
Lang was also grateful for those who helped prep for the workday. “A special shout-out to folks for working through the details, visiting the site, and developing a project plan. Landmark often reflects on how much more effective we can be working with Bayfield Area Trails. We are thrilled to be part of this amazing community organization!”
Volunteers installed fencing to guide trail-users along the edge of the Maki property, constructed a railing to improve safety, and installed directional signage. They also moved a section of the trail away from the lake to protect the slope and minimize erosion.
The great crew who worked to complete the Brownstone Trail reroute included Bob Durfey, Bob Feyen, Mark Filonowich, Neil Howk, John Ipsen, Genevieve Johnson, Brenda Kaese, Paul Kaese, Mike Kinnee, Erika Lang, Ted May, Katherine Merrill, Colleen Trumper, and Kris Wegerson.
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Landmark is continuing fundraising efforts to purchase the Maki property to restore the landslide area and trail in addition to creating a community space and public trailhead. We are working with a coastal engineering firm on the restoration project and will work with the community to identify best ways to utilize the Maki property as a community recreational space.
This project will be a multi-year effort that will require significant time, resources, partner collaboration, and community support.
“We’re so grateful for the progress that has been made through generous community support,” said Kristin Thompson, Landmark’s Advancement Director. “We are $42,000 away from activating the final $100,000 in match from the Kim and Quito Rymer Brownstone Trail Matching Fund!” The overall goal for Phase I of the project is $1.2 million by year’s end.