We're excited to announce our 2019 series, Trail Talks, a forged partnership with Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) to deliver enriching and engaging information and expert-led tours of the region throughout the summer and fall season.
“A goal of our organization is to not only promote the use of the trails but also educate the public on proper trail use in order to maintain the natural and untouched beauty of the system we have in place today,” says Lori Hauswirth, Executive Director of NTN. “This partnership will help us show the diversity of the trails and opportunities they provide as well as how to properly care for and respect one’s natural surroundings.” Trail Talks are free to the public and will take place at several town trailheads. You can find more information and links to registration below!
Upcoming Trail Talks
Wednesday, July 24 | 6:30 p.m., Tourist Park TrailheadLocal mushroom and native plant expert Sue Belanger will kick off this season’s trail talks with a fascinating, guided foraging trip. Exploring what is native and abundant, discerning the subtle differences between edible and poisonous plants and how to use and harvest those that are edible and safe will be covered.
Trails on the Rise
Wednesday, August 7 | 6:30 p.m., South Trails TrailheadNick Simon, owner of Superior Outfitters, is leading this insider’s guide to fishing. Nick will show trekkers his favorite fishing holes as well as go over basic and advanced equipment, technique and local regulations. This local expert is an unparalleled resource when it comes to making a catch this summer! Please note, this trail talk will be limited to 20 people.
Tails and Trails
Wednesday, August 21 | 6:30 p.m., South Trails TrailheadFor those who bring their pups on the trail, local Lindsay McWebb is sharing some best practices on trail etiquette, leash laws, and furry-friend safety. The trails can get busy with bikers, hikers, other dogs and even horses so Lindsay will also be giving a demonstration on equipment for biking and running with dogs.
The Way of the Compass Rose
Friday, August 23 | 6:30 p.m., Forestville TrailheadBill Thompson of popular outfitter Down Wind Sports will discuss the essentials needed on different types of hikes. Trekkers will learn about map and compass navigation, route planning, preparedness and what to do if they get lost. In this talk, Bill will equip hikers and backpackers with all the essential knowledge needed to get out and enjoy the serenity of nature. Maps and compasses for use will be provided to those that do not bring one.
Speak for the Trees
Wednesday, August 28 | 6:30 p.m., Forestville TrailheadRick Hill, forester with the Department of Natural Resources, is an expert on smart hiking. During this talk, he will present how forest management mimics the natural process, the natural disturbance cycle of forests in the Forestville area, how and why trees grow where they do and forest health threats.On a state-wide scale, Rick will explain the history of forest management in Michigan and the Forestville area, the economics of forest management in the Upper Peninsula, the environmental costs and benefits of using wood products, as well as the future of Michigan forests.
Board of Light and Power and Me
Friday, September 6 | 6:30 p.m., Board of Light and Power TrailheadTom St. John, a 30-year veteran from the Marquette Board of Light and Power, will illuminate the power and necessity of hydroelectric production for the area. Trekkers will learn about the evolution of the technology and the future of harnessing hydropower, specifically in new building projects.
Friday, September 13 | 6:30 p.m., South Trails TrailheadExploration geologist Mark DeHoog is leading a fascinating talk on rock formations, the effects of mining and the Earth’s composition. Trekkers will take an expert-led look at different material and learn how to find and differentiate different rocks and minerals.
Wednesday, October 16 | 6:30 p.m., Board of Light and Power TrailheadExpert photographer Shawn Malone shows trekkers how to capture the beauty of fall foliage with all levels of equipment – including smartphones! Shawn will unveil some of her favorite locations and show how lighting, weather, and perspective can dramatically affect images.