Brule River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Plum Creek have partnered up on walking trail and habitat improvement project. Jeffrey Joseph, Plum Creek senior resource forester and Keith Rockwood, acting president of NWTF Brule River shake hands at the site. (submitted photo)
IRON RIVER—The Brule River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Plum Creek announced that a new hunter walking trail and habitat improvement area is open to the public in Iron County.
The project was completed in October and includes a 1/3 mile-long walking trail and two permanent one-acre openings for wildlife habitat and viewings. The project has been a yearlong partnership between these two organizations.
In the summer of 2012, Plum Creek kicked off the effort by selectively harvesting, excavating, bulldozing and grading the area. This spring, NWTF members and local residents disked, picked rocks, fertilized and seeded the area. The final touches, including the addition of a gate and signage, were completed this fall and the trail is now officially open to the public.
“This new walking trail and habitat improvement area will benefit residents and sportsmen of Iron County and beyond,” said Keith Rockwood, acting president of NWTF Brule River. “We are excited that our community has access to another great opportunity to experience Michigan’s beautiful outdoors.”
The one-acre habitat enhancement areas are primarily designed to benefit turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock and deer but will also provide improved habitat for songbirds and small mammals. The NWTF chapter will continue to maintain the sites each year, including mowing, re-seeding and fertilizing the areas.
“In addition to providing recreation opportunities for the community, these trail systems and openings create and enhance habitat for game and non-game species alike,” said Jeffrey Joseph, Plum Creek senior resource forester.
“This new trail is a great place for sportsmen and non-sportsmen alike to enjoy the outdoors on land open to the public.”
The new trail is located near Sunset Lake, just north of Iron River. Visitors can access the site from US 2 by traveling north on Sunset Lake Road three miles to Forsberg Road. Then follow Forsberg Road 2.5 miles to Heikkila Road. The gate to the trail will be located ¼ of a mile down the road and parking is available along the road. The trail will be open to the public for recreational use year-round.
This is the second hunter walking trail open to the public in Iron County. The other trail, completed in 2005, is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Iron River, off County Road 643. Plum Creek and NWTF also partnered on this trail, which loops ¾ of a mile through aspen, hardwood and conifer forests. Two one-acre habitat openings are also present along this trail.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of hunting heritage. For more information, visit www.nwtf.org.
Plum Creek is one of the largest landowners in the nation and the most geographically diverse, with approximately 6.3 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. For more information, visit www.plumcreek.com.