In a first time endeavor, probably in Canada, Arseny and helper Jake Voth were hired by the Crow Wing Trail Association to maintain the entire 191 km this summer.
By Marianne Curtis
The Crow Wing Trail Association has become the first organization across Canada that has hired a company specifically to maintain their portion of the national TransCanada Trail.
The Crow Wing Trail is 191 km long, short in comparison to the length of the Trans Canada Trail.
“However, maintaining a trail that stretches from Emerson to the Winnipeg Floodway has always been looked at as a horrendous challenge”, says Emerson Mayor and Crow Wing Trail Board Member Wayne Arseny. “While towns do a great job keeping their short sections mowed and maintained, the longer remote sections through pristine grassland, prairie, aspen forests and wetlands, soon grow over.”
In a first time endeavor, probably in Canada, Arseny and helper Jake Voth were hired by the Crow Wing Trail Association – with assistance from the Manitoba Recreational Trails Association – to maintain the entire 191 km this summer.
With a rented tractor and a 6’ brush mower, Arseny indicates it took them only three long days to mow the grass sections on the entire route. Hundreds of downed trees were removed to allow mowing in the forested areas, low hanging branches were cut back and miles of tall prairie grass and weeds were mowed, leaving a nice trail that’s easy to follow.
Their next phase will be to erect 300 more directional signs to help users stick to the trails, respect the private landowners’ adjacent properties and avoid farmers’ seeded fields. The last phase will deal with issues such as water holes and rougher sections.
“While the majority of the trail is designated for non-motorized traffic” says Arseny “jurisdictions like Emerson and De Salaberry do not stop quads from going on municipal road allowances. This puts additional pressures on maintenance when these road allowances are part of the trail.”
The Crow Wing Trail goes through the communities of Emerson, Ridgeville, St. Malo, St-Pierre-Jolys, Otterburne, Niverville and St. Adolphe, as well as the municipalities of Franklin, De Salaberry and Ritchot and the Roseau River First Nations