|Sent on:||Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:58 AM|
Hello Friends of the BWCA Trails,
After much deliberation, I have resigned my position as the president of the BWA Committee. Rod Markin will lead the BWAC from now on. I will spare you of the corporate jargon about Rod's qualification for the job. Needless to say Rod has demonstrated qualities for leadership of a non-professionalized volunteer organization like ours: commitment, vision, sound judgment and realism needed to deal with the Forest Service. Aside that, Rod has also successfully passed a number BCT-6 adventures.
To me, organizing volunteers has been very rewarding. I enjoy taking hikers to wilderness and teaching them new skills and build ing self confidence in the wild. While I am not leaving the BWAC, this change will allow me more time to devote to trail advocacy and promotion – the two other areas of BWAC mission. We need to speak out for the trails because as history has shown, if left to fend for themselves, our magnificent resource would be lost forever: the Kek, Sioux Hustler, Brule Lake Trail, and 20 years ago and again two years ago the great Pow Wow Trail. Now in the digital age, and in the future, hikers like you and I will be looking to unplug from the grid and reflect on nature, pure and simple. We need these trails to exist.
Your continued support is important and your contributions vital, whether you are a trail clearing volunteer, or serve on the Trail Committee. If you are interested on helping to organize trips in any way, I encourage you to contact Rod Markin at [address removed]. If you would like to help with trail issues research, lobbying, building alliances and public relations, please contact me at [address removed]. I will continue to serve on the BWAC board and provide on-going interaction with Rod, the Trail Committee and our important work on behalf of trails in the BWCAW.
Most of all, thank you for your enthusiasm, without which most of our BWCA trails would be long gone. Keep on hiking and keep young (or at buy more of expensive, but lighter weight gear)!
a humble public servant