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Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) unveils five-year plan; requests public commentSubmitted: 01/22/2020

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ONEIDA COUNTY - It takes a lot of work to maintain over 30 miles of silent sports trails in Oneida County.

The group that grooms those trail systems recently added to its workload with the announcement of five-year plan. 
 
The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) has released a list of changes it hopes to see by 2025.

Some of those changes include making "ski areas" more sustainable all year long. 

"The activity of bicycling, I guess hiking as well, won't cause erosion, therefore lessens the maintenance that's needed on it," said RASTA member Scott Watson of the sustainability process. 

Watson added that a majority of the proposed upgrades will come to the Washburn Trail area.

"We're talking about extending or building an additional bike trail out at the Washburn system, further to the north, an area that does not have any trail system in it out," said Watson. 

The Washburn Trail area could also see the existing ski area rerouted and a new storage shed. RASTA also wants to work with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office to establish a Trail Information Network (TIN) throughout the Washburn Trail area to "more accurately locate and access victims in case of emergency."

Several trail systems will see upgrades like additional parking, improved signage and new "skills areas." 

Other proposed changes included adding a portable toilet to the Nose Lake Trail area and designating the Cassian Trail as non-motorized multi-use for skiing, hiking and biking. Currently the trail is a "walking only" trail."

To see the full details of the plan and comment on the proposed changes, visit the RASTA website.



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