Matching Grant Awarded for Marshfield School Forest Trail Improvements

Marshfield School Forest

Trails to Open Mid-December

Update: The total project goal will be $38,000, with a goal of $18,000 for the first year. Fundraising will continue after reaching $9,000.

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Trail improvements at Marshfield School Forest are moving closer to reality.

A matching grant through the Outride Fund was recently awarded to the Marshfield Area Ski Touring Foundation (MASTF).

“Our goal is $18,000, but since we officially received a matching grant from Outride we only need to raise $9000 total, and they will donate the remaining $9000,” said Breanna VanDeHey, sales manager at The Sports Den, a fundraising location.

MASTF has until the end of the year to raise the amount to fund improvements for the bike and snowshoe trails at the school forest, which sustained damage from summer storms and last year’s logging project. The ski trails are in shape for winter.

Close to $5,000 has been raised so far with an additional $1,000 expected from the City of Marshfield for the nonprofit’s role in hosting the upcoming Badger State Games snowshoe event in February. The Marshfield Clinic also contributed $1,000.

The trails are expected to open December 16. Thanks to volunteer efforts, the beginner loop has been repaired in time for winter. About five miles of open fat bike and snow shoe trails will be open. Due to remodeling, the school forest lodge is closed this winter until completion in February.

Donations toward fixing the trails can be made online at this link or by stopping at The Sports Den for a $5, $10, or $25 donation card. Checks can also be mailed directly to “Outride,” with “Marshfield Trail” in the memo using the following address: Outride, c/o Andy Cunningham, 15130 Concord Circle, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.

Daily trail passes are $5 for adults and $2 for youth ages 14-18. Seasonal trail passes can be purchased at The Sports Den, or mail a check to MASTF at MASTF, Inc. P.O. Box 842, Marshfield, WI 54449. The cost for an individual pass is $35, or $45 for family passes.

For more info, view the 2019-20 MASTF brochure here: MASTF Brochure.

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Kaylin S
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Kaylin Speth is a Marshfield native with a bachelor's degree in English from UW-Green Bay. She enjoys highlighting the many great things happening in the community and bringing to life the untold stories. Email the team at [email protected]