Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, which maintains and grooms northern Minnesota’s Banadad and Adjoining Ski Trail System announce that trail system will be manage as a carbon neutral trail beginning with the 2007-08 ski season.
According to Ted Young, the b&b’s co-onwer, “we intend to purchase carbon credits to off-set the carbon contributed to the atmosphere by our snowmobile grooming, our use of mechanized tools outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) and for the carbon added by the vehicles driven by the trail’s maintenance volunteers to travel to and from the Banadad.”
The Banadad, is a thirty-five kilometer trail network centrally located along the Gunflint Nordic Trail System. Most of the Banadad is located in the BWCA Wilderness. Within the BWCA non-motorized hand tools are used for maintenance. Some mechanized tools are used for maintenance outside the wilderness. Each fall volunteers most of who travel from the Twin Cities assist in the maintenance. Snowmobiles are used for grooming.
“Operating a carbon neutral ski trail system,” Young continued. “ is consistent with our company’s sustainable business policy and commitment to the environment.”