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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Peterson The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a variety of experiences that will attract repeat users, year round, through a series of multi-modal trails.

“Typically, the local population has left this area to find and satisfy their recreational desires. In the process, they have transferred wealth to the area they visit,” notes Vern Bunke, of Rushford, the lead voice behind the project’s development. “This needs to be challenged. The vast majority of Minnesota does not possess what we have; the majestic forested bluffs and serene valleys with high-quality streams. This may be our greatest asset. We have something worth enjoying and sharing with others. Recreation trails have the unique potential to impact the majority of residents, as well as attract thousands of visitors.”

Bunke has a long history of promoting the outdoor opportunities of the area, beginning in his youth, working on development of the area’s first snowmobile trails in the ‘60s. “My father, an Outdoor Power Equipment dealer, my brother and I spent many weekends and summer evenings clearing brush, fixing fences, and digging posts for signage. We worked with the needs and desires of each landowner to create a safe and lasting trail network we could ride and share with others,” he adds. A discussion in the 1980s, regarding the natural crossroads location of the Rushford Peterson Valley, further prompted Bunke to envision additional trails within the bluffs of southeastern Minnesota.

“Everyone, in my mind, should experience the beauty, serenity, plant and wildlife of the area. It is rich and productive farmland, but much of the bluff land is covered in hardwood forest; perfect for getting away from the stress and hurry of today’s world.”

The concept of the Bluff Tracks Trail System is clear; creation of as many as 500 miles of trails within a potential 650-square-mile footprint in the forested bluffs and valleys that exists in an area extending 10-15 miles in each direction from the Rushford Peterson Valley. Trail users and their respective choice of recreation will co-exist, but be separated and secluded in the forested bluffs; physically, visually, and acoustically.

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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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Locals testify for Blufflands Trail System

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Pictured, left to right: Kerry Kingsley, Mark Bishop, Andy Batstone, Vicky Tribon, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston), and Chris Giesen. The group traveled to the State Capitol recently to testify in support of Rep. Davids’ bill that woul ..... 
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Landowner contracts secured to extend Harmony-Preston Valley bike trail to Iowa

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony The Great Outdoors

The City of Harmony is pleased to announce they have secured purchase option contracts from the necessary landowners to extend the Harmony-Preston Valley bike trail from Harmony to Niagara Cave and the Iowa border once funding for the project is mad ..... 
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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes live in the blufflands.  On Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m., come to the Houston Nature Center to learn how we can live, work and recreate and still conserve these awesome creatures. Find out how rattle ..... 
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Newest state record fish hooked in Root River, again

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

May 8 is turning into a red-letter date for angler Chad Wentzel. Last year on that day, Wentzel landed the state record golden redhorse. A year later to the day, on the bank of the Root River in Fillmore County, he broke his own state record by on ..... 
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Check for ticks

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Tick-related illness is common from June to August. Fillmore County Public Health reminds you to protect yourself from black-legged tick bites so that you do not become ill from Lyme disease. Lyme disease symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, ..... 
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Fillmore County residents invited to public meeting concerning emerald ash borer Public can also weigh in on adoption of a formal quarantine of Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Residents in Fillmore County are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the county. On April 24, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an EABV infestatio ..... 
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