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Summer 2016 News
Pow Wow Trail Backpacking Report
BWAC crew of four circumnavigated the entire Pow Wow Trail in early May. We counted 4,648 treefalls. We saw the forest coming back, from patches of jackpine to stands of aspen trees that grew since the fire. At the same time, the Kekekabic Trail Association crew cleared the path from trail head to Pose Lake, the only campsite that the USFS restored since the Pagami Creek Fire five years ago. It is clear that if the jack pines are not pulled and the aspen not cut in next year, the recovery of the trail will be much more expensive several years from now when mature standing trees will need to be logged. Unlike now when aspen can be cut at ground level with loppers, trunks of trees have to be cut several inches above ground, compromising the integrity of wilderness along the trail. A small BWAC crew went cleared the trail in mid July, finding about 100 new treefalls in first two miles. The good news? Eventually, all the dead standing trees will fall down and there will not be any more treefalls for a while.
During the May trip, we collected information about mileage, water sources, hiker impact on the trail (there is not any), campsites and natural features that make it so unique.
- Martin Kubik, editor
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