Scenic Byway, Corps both benefit in working together
As part of the partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreation Area (ACOE) and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association (PBSBA), firewood is provided for purchase at the Crosslake Campground, with proceeds benefitting the PBSBA. The partnership allows for an affordable firewood source for campers, and helps the PBSBA further its mission and support the community.
Thanks to the partnership, the PBSBA was able to raise $8,100 in 2015 from wood sales. In gratitude to the ACOE for its partnership in wood sales and fundraising, the PBSBA donated $4,000 from wood sales back to the ACOE. One of the ACOE’s main missions is promoting water safety, and the donation will help educate more visitors to the park on the value of water safety and the importance of wearing a lifejacket. Outreach and interpretive programs hosted by the ACOE have included life jacket giveaways and fun activities for adults and children.
“This will allow us to do things that we haven’t been able to do,” said Corrine Hodapp, head ranger at the ACOE. Meanwhile, the money from the wood sales is also helping the PBSBA do things it would otherwise be unable to do.
At the recent PBSBA annual meeting and dinner, held Nov. 9 at Bites Grill & Bar in Pine River, the ACOE presented the PBSBA with a check of firewood proceeds. The PBSBA is the organization that manages the scenic byway, a collection of 54 miles of wide-shouldered county roads that tells the story of the area’s archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities in a compelling and extraordinary way.