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Notable Big Lake Trails Organizational Milestones

Successes


•2007/2008 - Steering team created to identify and pursue key regional Big Lake trails as per the Big Lake Comprehensive Plan update (report released/adopted by MSB in 2009).

•2008 (Oct) - Big Lake Trails forms as a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation (4 Directors elected). Monthly trail meetings begin in Big Lake. Launches web site www.biglaketrails.org•2009 (Jan) - Big Lake Trails solicits and receives $50,000 matching grant from DNR Parks to improve the Iron Dog Trail where property conflicts exists south of Cow Lake (Trail #6)

•2009 (Feb) - Big Lake Trails solicits and receives $6000 grant from ConocoPhillips for Iron Dog Trail Project to match the DNR grant. Participates with booth in 2009 Iron Dog Safety Expo at Menard Center.

•2009 (Mar) - Big Lake Trails expands organization Board of Director positions (Board increased to 7 active members to gain more trail diversity feedback from community)

•2009 (Mar) - Big Lake Trails promotes and receives DNR Parks designation of Big Lake as southern trail head of the new Susitna Valley Winter Trail to Denali, linking Big Lake with three northern MSB trail organizations, and hosts inaugural opening run of the 110 mile trail.

•2009 (Apr) - Big Lake Trails presents a detailed 15 Trail (125 mile) Big Lake Trail System to the MSB, receiving unanimous endorsement from the Borough Assembly for inclusion in MSB Trails Plan

•2009 (May) - Big Lake Trails solicits and receives $12,000 matching grant from the Mat-Su Borough to help match the DNR matching grant. •2009 (Sep) - Big Lake Trail membership grows to over 100 members, donates to community events.

•2009 (Sep) - Big Lake Trails solicits DNR Parks, and receives SnoTrak funding for $6000 in grooming funding due to more stringent rules on all state trails (must be legal trails for grooming funds).

•2009 (Oct) - Big Lake Trails completes fund drive, including Denaina center events, raising $5,900 for general club operations

•2009 (Oct) - Big Lake Trails purchases two used snowmachines groomer for trails, purchases 5 foot grooming drag.

•2009 (Dec) - Big Lake Trails purchases second snow grooming drag (3 foot width).

•2010 (Feb) - Big Lake Trails successfully executes the Iron Dog Trail Restoration Project safely, under budget and 1.5 times as much scope (8500 feet cleared, Frontiersman paper runs news story).

•2010 (May) - Big Lake Trails defends community trails/desires in Public Hearing to Federal Railroad Draft EIS staff (provides compelling analysis of impacts of proposed railroad routes on community and trails).

•2010 (July) - Big Lake Trails requests and receives $32,400 for the MSB to survey key Big Lake Trails for obtaining future legal status

•2010 (Sep) - Big Lake Trails solicits and receives $22,000 in DNR Parks Sno-Cat grooming funding for 2011 season (record high in last ten years) •2010 (Oct) - Big Lake Trails receives unanimous support from MSB Assembly to improve Big Lake Trail #14 with the addition of the 4.8 mile Flat Horn Lake Connector Trail (Susitna 100 racers use this trail annually)

•2010 (Nov) - Big Lake Trails expands grooming fleet by adding a new more powerful snowmachine and McGhan's snow grooming equipment. $73,000 commitment made by organization to enhance trails.

•2010 (Nov) - Big Lake Trails grows to over 113 members.

•2010 (Dec) - Big Lake Trails trains membership in heavy equipment operations, initiates 2010/2011 winter season grooming.