Feb 10, 2018

The American Birkebeiner is February 22-25

The celebrated American Birkebeiner Ski Race, one of the three largest in the world, has taken place across the Working Forests of Sawyer County and Bayfield County for forty-four years. Working Forests are woodlands where forest ecosystem services are actively conserved and managed. These ecosystem services include: carbon sequestration and storage, water filtration, flood control, terrestrial and aquatic habitats for flora and fauna, natural beauty, wood products, and non-wood products such as maple syrup, wild edible foods, herbs and medicinal plants. The American Birkebeiner Trail, known affectionately as the 'Birkie Trail' traverses the County Forests of Sawyer and Bayfield counties from Cable to Hayward for more than 50 km and is one of the most beloved hiking, biking, and skiing trails in the United States. The trail has been voted the number one cross-county ski destination in the US for many years in a row by recreationists even as active forest management for wood products of many types occurs regularly alongside the trail each year.