This summer the Crow Wing Trail Association became the first organization across Canada to hire 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.
In a first time endeavor, probably in Canada, Wayne 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 over the summer.
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.
“I can honestly say this project has been much more challenging than I ever thought,” recalled Arseny. “My goal was to bring uniformity to the entire length of our trail with all the same signage and the trail is cut.”
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. By the third time they mowed they had cut this time down.
“I have seen every inch of this trail and I encourage everyone to check it out,” Arseny continued. “We have a wonderful trail with very diverse geography.”
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
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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.