uman Powered Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is: “To develop and maintain first class sustainable and environmentally correct, human-powered, shared use trails for the La Crosse, WI region."
|Nonprofit group hopes Ditch Witch will speed development|
|Written by JOE ORSO | La Crosse Tribune|
|Wednesday, 07 May 2008 20:55|
The pace of trail building on the La Crosse bluffs is about to pick up.
Human Powered Trails, a nonprofit group that has built 10 to 12 miles of trails in the past seven years, has received more than $40,000 in grants in recent months.
It used part of the money to buy a Ditch Witch SK 650, which is like a miniature skid loader, said Dan Luebke, president of Human Powered Trails.
“It should speed up our trail development quite a bit,” Luebke said.
The Human Powered Trails grants included:
* $27,000 from the La Crosse Community Foundation;
* $5,000 from the Paul Stry Foundation in La Crosse;
* $10,000 from Bikes Belong in Boulder, Colo.
The group announced the grants and showed off the Ditch Witch at a Tuesday press conference.
The all-volunteer group so far has built all single-track trails, which are narrower and, Luebke said, are more sustainable than wider trails.
The trails can be used for hiking, biking, running, skiing, bird watching, snow-shoeing and other activities powered by humans.
Luebke, who uses the trails about twice a week, said volunteers will work on trails every Thursday from now through the summer.