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The Friends have installed a new webcam in Beulah. There is also free Wi-Fi at the trailhead building location. Go here to view the live video!

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The Betsie Valley Trail is 22 miles long and extends from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville in Benzie County Michigan.

The Trail is popular for bicycle and pedestrian use.

Dogs are permitted on most parts of the Trail as long as they are on a leash and under control. Dogs are not permitted on the portion of the Trail between Mollineaux Road and Beulah.

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Trail Care Coordinator Charlie Gregory along with Paul May (in picture) have begun cleaning up the fallen trees and limbs that have been collecting along the sides of the BVT. Otherwise left to decompose along the sides of the trail, Paul May puts the wood to good use by creating biochar. Biochar is an age-old practice created by heating biomass (such as fallen trees from along the BVT Trail) at high temperatures in chambers that limit oxygen. The remaining product is a charred porous material. Unlike other forms of organic matter, biochar is made of a more stable form of carbon thereby increasing the carbon content of the soil. The addition of biochar can increase a soil’s ability to hold nutrients, retain water, and foster biological activity; especially in sandy, acidic soils. You can learn more about biochar and how to sign up to attend an event or how to purchase biochar from Paul May at nwmibiochar.com. ... See MoreSee Less

Trail Care Coordinator Charlie Gregory along with Paul May (in picture) have begun cleaning up the fallen trees and limbs that have been collecting along the sides of the BVT. Otherwise left to decompose along the sides of the trail,  Paul May puts the wood to good use by creating biochar. Biochar is an age-old practice created by heating biomass (such as fallen trees from along the BVT Trail) at high temperatures in chambers that limit oxygen. The remaining product is a charred porous material. Unlike other forms of organic matter, biochar is made of a more stable form of carbon thereby increasing the carbon content of the soil. The addition of biochar can increase a soil’s ability to hold nutrients, retain water, and foster biological activity; especially in sandy, acidic soils. You can learn more about biochar and how to sign up to attend an event or how to purchase biochar from Paul May at nwmibiochar.com.

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Have you checked out the view from our new webcam? This is tonight’s sunset. View the live video 24/7 here:
betsievalleytrail.org/betsie-valley-trail-webcam/
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Have you checked out the view from our new webcam? This is tonight’s sunset. View the live video 24/7 here:
https://betsievalleytrail.org/betsie-valley-trail-webcam/

Great to see Benzie Audubon out on the BVT led by our very own board member and Treasurer Doug Cook.   ... See MoreSee Less

Great to see Benzie Audubon out on the BVT led by our very own board member and Treasurer Doug Cook.  Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment
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Recent News from Our Blog

Beulah Trailhead Provides Free Public Wi-fi and 24/7 Webcam

The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail have installed internet service at the Beulah Trailhead and Visitor Center building. The group is pleased to announce the public can now use the high-speed Wi-fi service free of charge while at the location. “With the new resurfacing project that’s going to start… Read More »

Heidi Bolger Tapped as New Leader of Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail

This Fall, the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail Board elected Heidi Bolger as the group’s new Chair. Bolger’s predecessor, Jed Maker, stepped down in September upon reaching the limit of his six-year term at the helm. “My experience with the Friends has been both gratifying and educational,” reflected Maker.… Read More »

Friends Receive $400,000 Grant to Kickstart Trail Paving Project!

The Friends were excited to receive the news in October that our second try for a Michigan Spark Grant funded by American Rescue Plan Act was approved by the Michigan DNR. “We were quite happy with the news of the grant,” said Jim Gribble, Director of Marketing and Public Relations… Read More »

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