What's New in 2012

On a great mid December day with blue sky and temperatures over 50 degrees, Bill Hauda (center), FOBST President elect, meets riders Tom and Linda, both from Madison, on the trail near Purcell Road.

Friends of Badger State Trail
Membership Meeting

Wednesday, November 14
DNR South Central Regional Headquarters
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd, Fitchburg

Go here for a copy of the agenda.
Hope to see you Wednesday!

The Haunted Mill Ride

from Monroe to Orangeville (Illinois)

will occur on Saturday, October 27th.

We will depart from Twining Park in Monroe at 6 P.M. (rain or shine).

Ride Leader: Bernie Robertson

The new history board has been installed at the Stewart Tunnel kiosk! Thanks to Anne and Mary for doing such a great job bringing all the information together and to Jules for helping with the laminating. Be sure to stop by and check out their great results!

Treasurer Bernie led a very successful summer meeting held at the Monticello Freight House, located right along the Badger State Trail.

Plenty of food for Friends of Badger State Trail members!

Mary and Anne discuss the new information board for the Stewart Tunnel kiosk, which should be installed by Labor Day.

The Badger State Trail was recently featured in the Milwaukee State Journals travel section. Go here to read the whole article.

The Friends of the Badger Trail, Inc. announces it has received a grant from the Monroe Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. to support the Monroe Trailhead Construction Project. The Trailhead is planned to include a shelter/restroom facility designed by a local architect . . . go here for the full story.

Friends Russ, Carl, LuAnn and Lynette from Minnesota and Arizona were recently spotted on the Badger Trail heading from New Glarus to Madison. The two couples started in Freeport and were making a 300 mile week long loop riding mostly on state trails. Overnight stops were to include Madison, Dodgeville and Mineral Point before returning to Freeport.

On Saturday, May 19, Friends of Badger State Trail volunteers conducted a 'Spruce up for Spring' day in the area around the kiosk they donated in 2010. Activities included mowing grass, pulling and cutting exotic species, raking the trail, and clearing the area. Many riders stopped by to thank the volunteers for their efforts. Join us next year!

Sarah, from Monroe, was recently spotted at the Stewart Tunnel. She and 130 riders were involved in a Habitat for Humanity program charity ride. She was riding from Monroe to the tunnel and back.

Cathy and her daughter Jennifer, from the Raven Oaks neighborhood, take Jennifer's new bike for a spin on the Badger Trail. Her Dad had just assembled the bike the night before and they were out for a test ride.

Jennifer and her son Trevor, from Belleville, enjoy a beautiful Thursday afternoon on the trail.

George and Rick were recently spotted on the Badger Trail riding their 'folders' as they prepared for a biking trip to Spain.

Prairie Restoration Projects along the Trail

Two new Prairie Restoration projects have started along the trail and volunteers are needed to help!
Find out more about this project.

Jules, David and Dan enjoy some of the hospitality provided by Noreen from the Green County Visitors Bureau.

Bub, provides details for the proposed Monroe Trailhead project.

Proposed drawing of the shelter building.

John, funding outreach coordinator, explains the layout of the building in proximity to the trail. The Department of Natural Resources has provided a $45,000 grant for the project and local project sponsors have so far raised another $40,000.

January 31, 50 degrees, sunny sky, light wind, little ice . . .
lets ride!

Spencer Black, who represented the 77th Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1985 until 2011, served for many years as Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and is a champion for the environment gets out and stretches his legs on the Badger Trail.

Carrying his "ice chisel", Peter Bock, who also served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1987 until 2003, was riding the trail and chipping off dangerous ice that still existed in shady spots along the trail. It was such a nice day he was playing hooky from voluntering on his wife Kathleen Falks gubernatorial campaign!

Not on the Badger Trail but right next door at Badger Prairie Park
The 2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, January 4-8

The 2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, opened Wednesday as more than 1,000 of the nation's top cyclo-cross racers began descending on Badger Prairie Park in Verona. Marne, from Chicago, wore her lucky pearls but said they unfortunately did not help with her final race time on Friday.

Go here for more information:.

Cyclo-cross Championships