Over the past three years, Landmark Conservancy has been exploring solutions to bring back one of the most beloved shoreline trails in Bayfield, nestled in a community that prides itself on being an outdoor recreation destination. During this time, they have worked with conservation partners and coastal restoration experts to determine how to restore the Brownstone Trail, which is a critical artery of the Bayfield Area Trails network, while also improving shoreline habitat and providing a community space for the region.
“We are thrilled to announce that Landmark has raised nearly 85% of the funds needed to fulfill the goals we have defined for Phase I of this project,” said Executive Director Lindsey Ketchel.
“We are prepared to purchase the adjacent upslope property by the end of 2022 as planned, while continuing to raise needed funds for the slope and trail design.”
“It’s exciting to imagine the possibilities of a comprehensive trail network and a thoughtfully designed trailhead and community space on the upslope property,” said Conservation Manager Erika Lang. “By investing in improved slope stability, we will be able to rehabilitate the Brownstone Trail while also connecting it to a new trailhead that will provide an accessible scenic vista at the gateway to Bayfield.”
“We are grateful for the community’s patience and continued support as we navigate the unique challenges of this multi-year project!” said Ketchel.
Landmark anticipates they will have design drawings to share by summer 2023 and looks forward to engaging with partners and the community-at-large to gather feedback. In the meantime, they recently worked with Bayfield Area Trails volunteers to construct a new, safer temporary re-route on the northern side of the property they are purchasing.