Walt, is the DNR still opposed to board walks as a means to get above and over those chronically wet areas?
Hey Walt,Lots of good questions there...I'm not sure I know the answer to them. I've just spent a week riding in the land of board walks (Copper Harbor and Duluth) and it was at the front of my mind. I only really noticed it because we were on a seemingly brand-new trail in Duluth that had a bunch of short board walks over wet areas and we got to a point where the wood wasn't installed yet and the wet spot was pretty evident.It seems to me that board walks would be easier to install, but that is based on helping with some of the turnpiking...I've yet to help with wooden features. I have no idea about cost.I think the turnpiking is just fine...there is a bit of it at 9 Mile in Wausau also that seems to be holding up and working well.I'd be concerned about replacement of the wood also. Remember that Copper Harbor has a full-time payed trail crew in the summer months.If they were wide enough and boards closely spaced, I think the board walks would be perfectly usable by hikers and pooches.It's probably a wash between the two methods once you consider the replacement cost and effort of rotting wood.