At the August meeting of the Friends of Badger State Trail, held in Monticello, special guests John Glynn and Dave Babler reported on the progress of the Monroe Trailhead project fund raising efforts and the pending $45,000 Recreational Trails Program grant, funded by federal gas excise taxes paid on fuel used for off highway vehicles.

John addresses the August meeting.

Since the meeting was held, the grant has been awarded to the City of Monroe by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. John and Dave also reported on private fundraising efforts to supplement the grant. The Monroe Morning Optimists' have donated $2,500 and Colony Brands has made a $30,000 matching grant offer. Between 150,000 to 200,000 bikers annually use the trail.

Steve Johnston, WDNR Manager for the Badger State Trail says, "This is a much needed addition to the trail that will make Monroe a focal point of the trail, and provide the users with valuable services. It is gratifying to see the government partnering with citizens to do projects that benefit everyone; the visitors and the community."

"The Friends Group is delighted to collaborate on this project with the fine people from Monroe, the DNR, and other trail users -- who will hopefully step-up to help us meet the matching grant challenge. The Monroe Trailhead will add a point on the map to launch trail users and benefit the community for years to come", adds Friends of Badger State Trail President, Betsy Vogel.

For all the project details, see the Monroe Times article link at the bottom of this page.