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Survey seeks public input on trail future

October 15, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer (awhitefoot@miningjournal.net) , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority is asking residents and users of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail to voice their opinions about what they want next for the trail system.

The purpose of the survey is to let the authority know people's priorities for new work on the trail, such as adding trailheads, bathrooms, improving surface quality or trail grooming, authority Executive Director Carol Fulsher said.

"This is the people's project," Fulsher said. " The people voted us in and voted to allow us to collect a millage from them for the trail."

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The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority is asking residents and users of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail to take a survey saying what they want to see done next. Surveys are due back by Friday. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

Once the data is in and analyzed, it will be used to decide what the authority's action plan will be and what will be accomplished next, Fulsher said.

The action plan will be used to update the five-year recreational master plan, which needs to be adopted by Dec. 31 so the authority can apply for grants next year, she said.

"When we know what the people want, we can start looking for grants that will coordinate with the project and then start applying for them," Fulsher said.

The survey includes a photo of the trail and starts off with the first question: "How did you hear about the Iron Ore Heritage Trail?" It continues with questions about whether and how often a person uses the trail.

The survey can be downloaded in printable format at ironoreheritage.com or it can be taken online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/C5786SR Surveys are due by Friday.

For more information or to obtain a printed copy of the trail survey, call 235-2923.

"We're looking for input from everyone," Fulsher said.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.

 
 

 

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