April - June 2001
North Star: The Magazine of the North Country Trail
The time hM come/ or me to move on to another phase of my Life."
I am leaving at an exciting time. Many new things are about to fall into place that will make all of our goals easier to fulfill. The North Country Trail Association has grown by leaps and bounds and is playing an ever-stronger role. Our budget has increased considerably over the last nine years, allowing us to provide additional funding to our partners and accomplish more in the Madison office. We are currently hiring another full time staff person who will focus on land protection issues and planning. No longer will the trail manager be the only full-time staffer. At the national level, there is an initiative to obtain funding to support a fully functional Geographic Information System (GIS) in each of the trail offices. There is Federal matching funding to permanently protect the trail· in Wisconsin through the purchase of lands or easements.
While I would like to hang around to participate in all of these new initiatives, it is time to bring some new and perhaps a different energy to bear on the complexities found up and down the trail. Without doubt, the new manager will see things somewhat differently, and focus on different things, than I did. And that is good! I firmly believe that change is refreshing and I have no doubt that you will extend the same kind insight and friendships to the new trail manager that you extended to me. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all the good things you have done -for the trail and for me personally. It has been GREAT and you won't be forgotten. I'll see you somewhere along the trail since I plan to remain involved in one way or another. Farewell but not goodbye.
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