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Bike Crew dominates DNR parks and trails volunteering

CROSBY - Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew dominates when it comes to volunteering. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), 6,154 volunteers contributed their time and energy to maintaining, cleaning, hosting, teaching, an...

Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew are part of one of the first purpose-designed and built trails for mountain biking in the region, and part of thousands of volunteers working on state parks, trails and recreation areas. Submitted photo.
Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew are part of one of the first purpose-designed and built trails for mountain biking in the region, and part of thousands of volunteers working on state parks, trails and recreation areas. Submitted photo.

CROSBY - Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew dominates when it comes to volunteering.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), 6,154 volunteers contributed their time and energy to maintaining, cleaning, hosting, teaching, and more within Minnesota's state parks and trails system. The system includes 67 state parks, nine recreation areas, and 13 state trails. Of those volunteer hours, 1,539 of them came from volunteers at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA). That constitutes 25 percent of all the volunteer hours across the DNR's system.

"We're really proud of work that all of our volunteers do here at Cuyuna," said Joel Hartman, director of trails maintenance of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, in a news release. "This points to the fact that people are passionate about what we have here, and want to see it grow into a premier outdoor recreation destination for our region. We know how great it is here, and we are excited to share the exciting possibilities with the rest of Minnesota."

As one of the first purpose-designed and built trails for mountain biking in the region, Cuyuna has changed the paradigm for bicyclists in the Midwest, the bike crew reported, adding the trails are quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best places in the nation to experience mountain biking.

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