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Summer 2016

Patrol News

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A New Role: MN Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Habitat Watch Volunteer

Minnesota BHA Habitat Watch Volunteers serve as MN BHA’s “eyes and ears.” They’re the association's points of contact for issues impacting specific national forests/state forests (see forests list/links below) and other public lands in the state. Habitat Watch Volunteers’ duties/responsibilities include the following:

1.) Staying up-to-date on Minnesota national forest Schedules of Proposed Actions (SOPAs) and communicating with MN BHA co-chairs regarding actions that could potentially impact backcountry hunting and angling on the adopted forest.

2) Submitting comments to the Forest Service regarding issues that may impact habitat and hunting/angling on the forest (travel management planning, roadless area protections, energy development, timber sales, grazing, etc.).

3) Providing MN BHA chapter with a quarterly summary of significant forest actions (as deemed appropriate) and any comments/letters submitted or meetings attended (as applicable). 

5) Attending forest public meetings (when time/circumstance permit) for issues deemed of importance to MN BHA and the Backcountry Trail Patrol. These might include open/public meetings on issues like travel management planning or overall forest plans, or in-person meetings with District Rangers.

6.) On-site monitoring of forest conditions while on trail patrol or while recreating on the forest unit.

We are excited about this new partnership with Minnesota Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Initially, we will be working with the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota, and the state forest and park units contained therein. When the program expands to Wisconsin, we will, of course, add the Chequamegon National Forest to the program.

New Backcountry/NMBP Patrollers Trained in Cable, WI

2016 NMBP Training

New National Mountain Bike Patroller Training for the Backcountry Trail Patrol this year was held May 21-22, 2016, at the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival office, in Cable, WI. Three new members trained in and became part of the patrol.

In the past, we have attracted new members through our annual Wilderness First Aid and bi-annual Wilderness First Responder (WFR) classes, held each winter/spring. In attempt to “raise the bar” above NMBP’s basic national standards, effective January 1, 2014 we require all prospective members to complete a 24 hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR training course from us or another provider who follows Wilderness Medical Society Scope of Practice guidelines, We hold our 24-hour Wilderness Emergency Medical Care (Essentially WFA plus several skill areas directly related to our activities and climate.) course in March or April each year, near Zimmerman. We no longer be offering WFR training, but strongly encourage members to take that training, either through other providers, or by taking Outdoor Emergency Care training through the National Ski Patrol.

We hold our training near our primary patrol venue, the CAMBA trails in NW Wisconsin. After training, you would then need to join NMBP through the IMBA website, and take and pass their on-line certification exam to become an active patrol member. Then for the first six months, you will patrol with an experienced patroller on the trails as well as at events. We ask that all members commit to doing at least 12 hours of trail patrol on CAMBA and/or MORC trails per season, and work at least three events over the course of a year.

For more information on training, e-mail (Remove the "nospam" for emailing us.) for more information.

Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

Isanti County Parks

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 Emergicare Backcountry

Medical Training,

The Backcountry Trail Patrol and Emergicare Medical Training are working together to train as many people as possible in "Hands Only CPR"

AHA Compression-only CPR

Free CPR Classes held at Team Ortho Foundation in Minneapolis, MN before each major race. 

Next Wilderness First Aid Class: October 27 and 28, 2016

Tentatively planned for the Winter Camping Symposium in Sturgeon Lake, MN

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