Border Route Trail Benefits

We’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to the group of folks working on the Border Route Trail. We appreciate your work very much.


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A 10-night Boundary Waters Area Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) trip started September 6th for a unique group of eight adults and teenagers.  What makes this trip a bit extraordinary is the fact that four of the eight are Public Land Corps Program students, some of which have never camped before. The remaining four members consist of Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center Staff, Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest Fire Employees, and Bureau of Indian Affairs staff.

The task before these eight individuals is an ambitious one.  The plan is to clear the Border Route Trail of storm damage from Stairway Portage moving west towards Mucker Lake. The Blackwell group will camp on Duncan Lake.

Located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Blackwell was originally a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp set up during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. During President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, many former CCC sites became Job Corps centers. As such, Blackwell opened as a Job Corps center in 1965. Since then, over 15,000 students have benefited from the federal scholarships offered through Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.  The USDA Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students. For more information, visit:

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe, drug-free environment where they can take advantage of the resources provided.

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