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North Country Trail holds public forum 


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Approximately 25 area residents attended a Public Forum presented by North Country Trail (NCT) and hosted by the Community Building Development Team (CBDT) at Hilltop Administration building on Tuesday, July 21. Representatives from North Country Trail included Chuck Vannette, West Michigan NCT President; Mark Weaver NPS, NCNST Superintendent; Chris Coudenslager, NPS/NCT Planner; and Luke Jordan, NCT Planner.

The NCT presenters are considering bringing the northern route of the longest walking trail in America through Cedar Springs, and also naming the City of Cedar Springs as a North Country Trail Town. These two distinctions could prove to be an important community asset according to Luke Jordan, a NCT Planner.

Two possible and tentative trail routes were presented connecting the White Pine Trail Russell Road Trail Head and Red Pine Trail Head/Rogue River State Game Area. Both trail options would be approximately 15 miles and would most likely be considered a 2-day hike. An important part of the final decision rests on community and property owner’s consent as well as the DNR’s permission to use some sections of the White Pine Trail.

Jordan explained the team’s objectives include characteristics of the trail being scenic, natural, cultural, and historic. A certified trail must be permanent and legal, and would be attached to any land deeds to protect the investment of the trail. Officials look for services and facilities, as well as accessibility. Partnership development and safety are also key in the final decision of a trail route.

Presenter Mark Weaver, NPS Superintendent, asked those in attendance to provide them with a “cool route plan through the city highlighting 10 activities, special events, points of interest, and all other information that would allow both hikers and those perhaps driving to Cedar Springs a pleasant hike experience through downtown.”

The NCT representatives were pleased with the community input and hope to have a final decision with a few months.

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