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Mocha
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10/24/2016 11:52AM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
Beavers Busy Along the Banadad

Ted Young, Boundary Country Trekking and Poplar Creek Guest house, posted this news this morning: "This year the beavers have several construction projects underway along the Banadad Ski Trail. The first a beaver lodge, discovered earlier this month, is located about 2.5 km. in from the trail’s west end and is constructed on and completely blocking the trail. To get around this lodge and pond that it has created we hope to move the trail onto the pond, after the pond freezes, and just go around the beaver lodge. Of course this likely means that we will not be able to groom from the west end trail head to the pond until it is safe to get onto this pond with the trail groomers.

The second beaver’s project along the trail was discovered this past weekend during the Banadad Trail Association annual Volunteer Trail Clearing Day. A new beaver damn is located 12.2 km. from the east end trail head. Years ago there was a beaver dam here but eventually it burst. The beavers are now rebuilding an another dam at the same location. Luckly this new dam should not create any problem for the use of the trail. It may even be an opportunity to relocate the trail onto the new pond that has been created and bypass the hazardous gully now in use.

The beaver dam along the Tall Pines Trail still remains active and the dam is larger then ever. However, this trail has not been put out of commission. Last year a bypass trail was constructed around the dam and we had to wait only a short while until seepage from the dam froze and to open up the trail for skiing."
 
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10/24/2016 10:37PM  
Interesting and would add a little to skiing the area. Just wonder if you will get slush problems on the pond. A person will just have to wait and see.
Also no current going thru the ponds? Thin ice?
 
schweady
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10/28/2016 10:42AM  
quote Mocha: "... A new beaver damn is located 12.2 km. from...""
Tell us how you really feel, Mocha. :-)
 
Mocha
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10/28/2016 10:52AM  
none of this is how I feel... it's a report from BCT about the banadad. it's a beautiful wilderness trail with two yurts along it's path for those that want to camp and make a several day trip out of the banadad.

beavers have been busy all over up here. they know more about forest and water ecology than any human scientist.
 
01/07/2017 09:30PM  
how we looking on the Banadad?
 
Mocha
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01/08/2017 11:19AM  
pinetree: you'll need to look it up now, i no longer live on the gunflint trail :(((.

try www.boreal.org and scroll most of the way down until you see the ski trail conditions area. hope you get up there for some skiing!
 
01/08/2017 07:08PM  
quote Mocha: "pinetree: you'll need to look it up now, i no longer live on the gunflint trail :(((.


try www.boreal.org and scroll most of the way down until you see the ski trail conditions area. hope you get up there for some skiing!"


Thanks for all the info from the Gunflint over the years when you lived there and good luck wherever you go or live.
 
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