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Great Wisconsin Headwaters Trail System Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Build and support a system of bicycle trails in vilas county wisconsin

Target demographics: develop a family-friendly biking and walking trail connecting all five town centers in the area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: move along development of the trail linking Conover and Phelps, and a bike path in Eagle River to leverage the benefits of the new stretch of the Three Eagle Trail.

Geographic areas served: Eastern Vilas County, Wisconsin

Programs: Trail planning and engineering, grant writing and other marketing and fundraising, working with county and municipal officials, coordinating with local snowmobile groups, alerting area businesses about ways to increase revenue due to new traffic from increased bicycle use in the area and the county overall.

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Great Headwaters Trails helps communities build bike/pedestrian trails, but that is just a simple job description. In northern Wisconsin, where tourism is king and the economy is less than robust, these trails are an economic asset as well as a lifestyle and health amenity. By bringing additional visitors to these small communities every business in them benefits. Those economic benefits then create more as the income spreads through the community. Currently a trail is being constructed between two small, economically distressed towns. The trail is unique physically, passing near the headwaters of the Wisconsin River and through some pristine woodlands. When complete it will provide four season access to beautiful scenery and lure visitors to peaceful small towns. When the full planned system is complete it will link Vilas County, WI from east to west by bicycle, providing a safe and beautiful way to enjoy the beautiful northwoods.