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DNR announces $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant for Houghton County project

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March 2, 2016 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that nearly 1,300 acres and 3.5 miles of Pilgrim River corridor in Houghton County will be protected from development, available for public use and managed as a working forest, thanks to a $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant.

The project, known as the Pilgrim River Forest, includes the state acquisition of a conservation easement on 1,299 acres of prime forest land on the Keweenaw Peninsula that is strategically positioned adjacent to the Pilgrim River Community Forest. The property contains 3.5 miles of undeveloped Pilgrim River frontage and serves as a wildlife travel corridor. Read the full story here.

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Great Bear Chase Coming March 5

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The 36th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase is almost here! Conditions are looking great, with a packed base of 24” on the course and perfect temperatures leading up to Saturday, March 5th.

Online registration will be open until midnight on Thursday, March 3. Last minute registration will also be available at the Calumet Middle School from 4-8:30 p.m. the day before the race. Registration will not be accepted on race day.  Save money by registering before prices increase on March 3.

To register now, visit http://www.greatbearchase.com/registration/ Continue reading →

Posted in Events, Nordic Skiing

Retro Ski Scheduled Feb. 21 at Maasto Hiihto

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The annual “Retro Ski” will take place Sunday, February 21, 2016, starting at the Tomasi trailhead of the Maasto Hiihto trails. The ski will have a different format this year. Skiers will meet at the Tomasi trailhead at 12:30 and head out for some fun backcountry skiing through the Torangeau property and then on to Ruby Marsh. We’ll probably take set tracks back to the trailhead but the group can decide if it wants more backcountry skiing. After all that we’ll retire to a local restaurant of the group’s choice for beverages and food. Continue reading →

Posted in Events, Nordic Skiing

2016 Glide ‘N Gorge Slated February 27

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The annual Glide ‘N Gorge fundraiser for the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club will take place February 27, 2016, at the Maasto Hiihto Ski trails in Hancock.  The event, which includes a 5 km marked course with three food stops, will begin and end at the Four Seasons Chalet located at the fairgrounds in Hancock. Stops include hors d’oeuvres, marshmallow roating, chili and soups, and desserts and live music. Tickets ($20) are available online at the KNSC website, or at Down Wind Sports in Houghton, or Cross Country Sports in Calumet.  For more information, please call 906-281-5294 or email cjsilvola@chartermi.net.

Posted in Events, Nordic Skiing

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