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Noquemanon Trail Network Embarks On A Capital Campaign

Fri, Dec  22, 2006 - By Susan Brian

Marquette, MI — The Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) has set its sights on ambitious goals for its organization.  It has embarked on an $800,000 capital campaign.

“We are going public at this time”, says Laurie Neldberg-Weesen, Capital Campaign Chair and NTN Secretary.  “We have ambitious goals that we hope to accomplish and we need people from the community to share our dream”, says Weesen. “We have already reached the half way mark of $400,000, but we have significantly more fundraising to go.”

The Capital Campaign for the Noquemanon Trail Network has big goals in sight.  It recently received a large 15 acre land donation from JM Longyear, which will serve as the “foundation” for the capital campaign.  The Capital Campaign plans to fund a variety of projects throughout the non-motorized trail system.

The funding includes the building of a lodge at its new Forestville Trailhead, which will be a 5000 square foot building that will include a “great room”, bathrooms with showers and changing areas, a rental area and greeting space.  This lodge will over look the new ski stadium/ learning area that will accommodate all of the Superiorland Ski Club’s youth programming as well as large scale events such as the Junior Olympics and the US Nationals.  The funding will also support the trail expansion at Forestville, where many of the trails will homologate to fall within the guidelines of FIS standards for National and International X-C Ski competitions. 

Funding will also be earmarked for the South Marquette Mountain Bike Trails, the Big Bay Pathway, improvements for signage and mapping, trail easements and land acquisition and the Harlow Pathway trails.

If you are interested in learning more about the specifics for the NTN’s Capital Campaign you may contact Susan Brian at (906)228-6182 to set up an appointment

The Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails.  For more information on the NTN, contact Susan Brian at (906)228-6182.