Northern Kettle Moraine Nordic Ski Club Set to Light Ski Trails at Greenbush Recreational Area
The Northern Kettle Moraine Nordic Ski Club is planning to install lights for cross country skiing at the Greenbush Trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved the $60,000 project which has been made possible by an extensive public-private partnership. The project will be overseen by WDNR and the actual installation will be facilitated by the Northern Kettle Moraine Nordic Ski Club. The club will also cover the operating cost of the system. The goal is to have the lighting system installed by fall so it will be operational for the upcoming ski season.
The Greenbush Ski Trails are located 1.5 miles south of Greenbush on Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive and are well known as a regional cross country skiing destination. Lighting will be on the Brown trail which has a length of a little more than a mile. The project will help further develop the local Nordic Ski team to conduct practices in a more consistent and safe environment. Lighting the Brown trail will attract families and casual skiers to Greenbush during the week. During the winter months, the trails are often dark by 4:30PM which leaves very little time for youth skiers, families, or anyone who works during the day to get out and enjoy skiing the trails at Greenbush. The club is planning on lighting the trails every night of the week when there is snow.
The financing is being provided by a combination of private donations, club funds, volunteer labor, and corporate sponsors. The key sponsor is Orion Energy Systems of Manitowoc, which is generously donating outdoor energy efficient high tech lighting fixtures for the project, as well as technical assistance in the set-up of the lighting system. In addition to being energy efficient, the Orion fixtures also have a down-directed beam which will concentrate light onto the ski trail minimizing light pollution into the State Forest. WE Energy is donating the 30 foot poles needed for the project. Roethel Electric, located in Oostburg, is providing as a donation the installation of the electrical system.
Fundraising for the project is well underway with approximately $7,000 remaining to be raised in order to be able to turn the lights on in December. Brian Henriksen, one of the Lighting Committee members is confident that this last funding hurdle can be overcome. Private donations are received at three levels, Gold at $1000, Silver at $500, and Bronze at $250. To make a donation, please contact Brian Henriksen: (920) 892-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or log onto www.greenbushusa.com for further information. Donations are tax deductable as the Northern Kettle Moraine Nordic Ski Club is a tax exempt organization.