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Spring 2017
The mission of the BWA Committee is simple:  "To preserve the existing, intrinsically beautiful trails in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of the Superior National Forest."  

We accomplish this mission in three ways: 
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Stewardship

Advocacy
H.R.845 - National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act 
Following the passage of the National Forest Trails Systems Stewardship Act the BWA Committee wrote a comment letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, requesting that BWCA wilderness hiking trails, and specifically the Pow Wow Trail be selected as demonstration projects of US Forest Service cooperation with volunteer groups. BWA Committee acknowledges hard work of Minnesota representatives Rick Nolan and Tim Walz who co-sponsored the FFSTSA. Thank you.

Education
BWA Committee will present "Pow Wow Trail Story"
April 25th, noon at Ely Grand Lodge to "Tuesday Lunch Group"
April 30, 10:30 AM at Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure EXPO, Hanson Hall

April 28-30
Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure EXPO - stop by our booth, pick up new Pow Wow Trail brochure, see the map of BWCAW hiking trails and talk to our volunteers about your hiking experience or plans.

Stewardship
Plans for Pow Wow Trail Clean Up
BWA Committee volunteers presented this winter to a combined audience of more than 120 hikers at REI, 3M Outdoor Club meeting and at "Backpacking Kick-off" event at Lebanon Hills Regional Park.  Midwest Mountaineering provided door prize for the two latter presentations.  Result?  BWAC has recruited three full crews to help the USDA Forest Service to clean up the six mile section of the BWCAW Pow Wow hiking trail that Forest Service allows to be maintained.  BWAC hopes that following 2016 successful clearing of this section by the Kekekabic Trail Assoc. of the NCT and the BWAC  volunteers, working under sponsorship of Fournier Outdoor Services in cooperation with USFS will lead to permission to clear remainder of the trail.

​Past news

September 6, 2016   Minneapolis Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/a-pause-for-the-powwow-trail-in-the-bwca/392383631/#1

September 6, 2016 Boundary Waters Blog: http://www.boundarywatersblog.com/powwow-biking-trail-in-the-bwca/

See our Meetup for dates and particulars.

To take a virtual trip of the entire Pow Wow Trail in 20 minute video montage from photos along the trail click here.  

                                                - Martin Kubik, editor

 
 Photo gallery:
www.bwac.smugmug.com


Check out the BWAC Meetup site for list of upcoming events and trips.