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Trail Report

A great weekend so far of racing. Dry and fast conditions.  Should be a great day on Sunday!

The course is open daily for riding and is marked and taped for the bike race weekend.  There is no charge to use the trails. The trail starts behind the Great Northern building and follow the maintained trail and white signs with black arrows. The course will be closed Saturday morning during the time trial and open again in the afternoon for pre-riding. Please be aware of the short track racing on Saturday if you select to pre-ride instead of race and check with race officials to avoid race traffic . Click here for a map/gps profile of the Sport/Comp/Expert loop.

Map of 2009 Laddies Loppet course (drawn by Tony Schmitz!)

2009 Laddies Loppet XC Course by Tony Schmitz

Bike Photos from September 2nd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jens checking out the new jumps at the dirt jump track.

Jens checking out the new jumps at the dirt jump track.

Another great evening of riding

Another great evening of riding

Tree Planting

This Spring, just over 2500 coniferous trees were planted at Maplelag.  The trees were planted near and along the ski trails and also in the remaining open areas in the skinny field. The trees planted include Norway pine, spruce and fir balsam. Over the years, close to 100,000 trees have been planted!! It is rewarding to see trees planted as seedlings 25 years ago now tower 20-30f feet high.  Around 90% of the 650 acres at Maplelag has been enrolled in the MN Sustainable Forestry Initiative Act (SFIA Program) as of 2005.  Photos below of this Spring.

Tree Planting Photos May 09

Norway pines planted as seedlings circa 20 years ago doing very well in the square field.

Norway pines planted as seedlings circa 20 years ago doing very well in the square field.

Double green trail as it passes through the square field. Spruce trees planted as seedlings 23 years ago.

Double green trail as it passes through the square field. Spruce trees planted as seedlings 23 years ago.

Jonell planting a seedling near the south end of south Twin lake.

Jonell planting a seedling near the south end of south Twin lake.

 

Recently planted spruce seedling.

Recently planted spruce seedling.

Getting ready to plant trees!

Getting ready to plant trees!

Kira and daughter Myra with their dogs set to plant trees in the skinny field

Kira and daughter Myra with their dogs set to plant trees in the skinny field

Spruce trees doing well in between ski trails.

Spruce trees doing well in between ski trails.