WALKER -- Land Commissioner Norm Moody told the Cass County Board on Tuesday there has been a problem this winter with all terrain vehicles and snowmobiles using Spider Lake and Cut Lake cross country ski trails.
Land Department staff replaced missing signs to re-close those trails to motorized traffic.
The trails were groomed for ski traffic in mid-February when there was sufficient snow, Moody said.
The county board approved an easement across county land in Shingobee Township to complete a portion of the Paul Bunyan Trail connection from Hackensack to the Heartland Trail at Walker.
U.S. Forest Service easements are being sought through Chippewa National Forest property adjacent to this site to complete the DNR's trail connection.
Commissioners voted to award this year's tree planting bid to Superior Forestry Service Inc. of Tilly Ark., for $48.43 per thousand seedlings. This bid is less than last year's $53 per thousand contract, Moody said.
The board also selected low bidder Future Forests Inc. of Askov to do tree planting site preparation work this year. Their $79.49 per acre bid ran only 1 cent below that of Sundance Silviculture Inc.
U.S. Forest Service currently is conducting an updated forest management plan and accepting comments.
Cass commissioners endorsed Moody's proposal to focus the county's comments on that proposed plan to federal forest timber harvesting practices.
Moody said he wants to obtain figures from the federal agency from which he can calculate whether federal timber cutting practices match the county's program to maintain sufficient re-growth to match or exceed timber cut.
He will seek timber sales reports for the last 20 years, with types of forest cover and timber age listed.
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