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BEAR ISLAND CLEAN-UP
Bear Island Cleanup will proceed as planned. We will meet out there at 9am on the scheduled dates, still bring the same tools and safety equipment, but keep in mind that we will be practicing 6' social distancing while walking the trail and performing trail maintenance.
Bear Island was donated to the State of MN by the DLA, who purchased it with donations from lake residents and took advantage of a State matching funds program to protect it and make it available for all to enjoy. Once a month during the summer, DLA members spend about 1 hour keeping the walking trail open and cleaning up any trash left by Mother Nature or people.
Paul Askegaard has volunteered to coordinate DLA's Bear Island Trail Maintenance efforts. Thank you Paul! Longtime coordinator Bob Baker has retired after many years of faithful work. DLA is grateful and thankful for all that Bob has done over decades of service to Deer Lake, including to Bear Island.
Please volunteer, especially if we have had a bad storm during the month. We could really use your help. Paul will bring coffee and donuts. RSVP not necessary, just show up at 9am on the south end of the Island near the DNR sign on the scheduled day. If conditions are questionable, call Paul at 651-230-3361. Bring gloves, wear long pants and bug spray, and bring any equipment you have (chain saw, clippers, loppers, small saw and/or garbage bag). We hope to see you there !!
2020 Trail Maintenance Dates:
9AM @ Bear Island (come by boat)
Friday June 12, 9am
Friday July 10, 9am
Friday August 7, 9am
If the weather is bad then we go the next day.
BRING CHAIN SAW, LOPPERS, PRUNING SHEARS, ETC. WEAR GLOVES AND BUG SPRAY! NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE MADE – JUST BE THERE TO HELP. WE NEED TO KEEP THE ISLAND CLEANED UP SO IF CAN BE ENJOYED BY ALL. IF QUESTIONS, call Paul at 651-230-3361
Bear Island Narrows Photo by Margaret Duxbury
Our thanks to the Clean-Up Crew who had such a huge task clearing some 30 trees off the trails after the June 2012 storm! And a word of thanks to all who used Bear Island this year for keeping it clean and using it with respect. This is much appreciated by those of those who volunteer to clean it up.
Report from Bob Baker on a completed Cleanup:
Monthly cleanups were done through August. Vandals have returned and destroyed the picnic table—Litter and clutter have increased this year. DNR has recommended not replacing the picnic table or posting any signs at present. DNR apparently is in turmoil over jurisdiction and management of Wildlife Management Areas. What else is new?
Bear Island Cleanup Crew Clears Trail 2015
Photos by Tom Nelson
Many thanks to the crew of trail-clearers on Bear Island: Rich, Bob, John, Catherine, Jim, Hugh and Paul.
And to those who preceded this crew: Newt, Denny, the Routt Family, and more.