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EAGLE - The Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association (SKMHTA) held its annual meeting on Jan. 28 at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) headquarters in Eagle to learn about project updates and elect new officers.

The meeting began with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) – Southern Unit guest speakers, Anne Korman, DNR Superintendent and Elias Wilson, DNR Ranger. Together they shared updates on current and future DNR projects and activities in the state forest and volunteer opportunities available.

SKMHTA Club President, Kim Jaye, and Treasurer, Tara LeRoy provided a slideshow and recap of the group’s completed projects and activities from 2016 and looked ahead to 2017 projects, social activities and fundraisers.

SKMHTA had previously installed electricity at 29 campsites and the pavilion in Horseriders Campground in Palmyra, upgraded trail maps with color coding and signage, installed hitching rails and 12 more mounting blocks at various points on the horse trails. The group developed a rest stop at Wilton Road in Eagle, complete with tie rails, picnic tables, porta-potty and water and installed corrals for the Palmyra Corral Project in town.

This past year the group purchased, installed and currently maintains a portable toilet on the Viele Loop trail in Palmyra trails, conducted monthly trail cleanups – including maintenance on the obstacle course trail at HIghway S trailhead in Eagle, and installed hitching posts on the Highway 12 trailhead.

Additional projects being researched and coordinated with the DNR for possible future implementation include developing new trailhead(s) to provide additional access to the Southern Kettle Moraine trails.

An election of new officers was held for the positions of vice president, secretary, trail coordinator, and member-at-large. SKMHTA board members are all volunteers that serve a two-year term. Current board members are as follows: President, Kim Jaye; Vice President, Jean Keller; Treasurer, Tara LeRoy; Secretary, Susan Riggan; Trail Coordinators – Kenneth Shramek and Chad Reichenberger; Member-at-Large, Joslyn Seefeldt.

The group is looking for volunteers for its annual spring cleanup at Horseriders Campground, being held from 9 – 11 a.m., Saturday, April 29 . An area 4-H Club, the Sullivan Stars, will be joining some of the JR SKMHTA members in the cleanup effort for the first time. The club encourages and welcomes other 4-H clubs, youth groups, families or social organizations to get involved.

Annual Membership dues for 2017 are $25 per family (includes all members of same household). Benefits of being a member include copies of quarterly newsletter, access to free clinics and seminars, group activities such as fun rides and camp outs, and a voice to the future maintenance and improvements made in the Southern Kettle Moraine horse trails and campground. Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at Suhmer’s Saloon.

For more information or to become a member, visit skmhta.com.

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