STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) has received two Recreational Trails Act grants from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to reroute and construct approximately 5,900 feet of single-track mountain bike, hiking and snowshoe trails at the Washburn Lake Silent Sports Trails Area.
The group will be undertaking the repair of the older unsustainable trails and create a long-planned beginner loop that starts at the Perch Lake Shelter. The grants will also allow RASTA to continue efforts to construct an elevated boardwalk over the wetlands on the south end of the Cassian Cross Country Ski Trail, and construct a new ski trial at Washburn that will bypass a large wetland area and also provide a key connector route.
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has also provided two grants, totaling $1,800 toward the projects. “We are making this contribution because we believe that together, we can create a brighter future for the communities we serve”, said Karmen Lemke, Foundation Administrator.
RASTA President Richard Reidinger stated that “RASTA is very grateful for the continued support from the Foundation. This is the second time that the Foundation has awarded RASTA a grant for projects and we appreciate that they support our efforts”.