Big Lake Trails, Inc.,
Seeing the need for immediate action, Dan Mayfield, Dan Kruse, Viki Kaas, Monica Thomas, Ina Mueller and Cathy Mayfield began work to investigate how we could best rally the community effort behind trails. To-date, our efforts have involved working closely with the Big Lake Community Council, the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce, continued involvement with the Comprehensive Planning Team and several public meetings with community residents. We gained great insight from this team approach. The present Board members, concerned for the future of all trail user groups in the community, resolved to put in place a perpetual non-profit corporation to ensure trail needs within the Big Lake area are addressed. Big Lake Trails, Inc. is the result of those efforts.
Big Lake Trails, Inc. was born out of involvement of our members in the Big Lake Comprehensive Plan. That work began in October of 2007 and continues to this day.
Early in the comprehensive planning process, many of the values of the community were
identified. One of the very important values was the preservation and development of recreational trails in our community. These trails were found to be an important part of economic health of the area. At the same time, there was an observation that many of our historical trails have been lost due to past development. Many more are now in immediate danger of being lost to the future development of Borough lands, private lands, rail belts and roadways Concerns grew as we discovered many of our current trails do not have easements to assure continued use into the future.