Calvin was a very passionate and dedicated volunteer who always had a smile on his face. He took over the role of president of the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) a couple of years ago and has accomplished a lot of great work and built strong relationships within the local and surrounding communities.
The Forest Service is part of the communities we live and work in and with our shared stewardship objectives, we have opportunities to work with a lot of volunteers and partners.
I am sad to share the news of the unexpected passing of one of our main trail volunteers with the North Country Trail Association. Calvin Kangas, President of the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (based in Ironwood), suffered a heart attack and passed away yesterday while working with the Great Lakes Conservation Crew on the trail reroute in the Porcupine Mountains State Park. The Ottawa has been working with the NCTA and the DNR on this reroute for several years and it’s finally moving forward. Calvin was instrumental in securing funding and support from public and private landowners to get the NCT rerouted through the heart of the Porkies and back onto the Ottawa, making a much better experience for all visitors hiking the NCT. The Ottawa has 110 miles of NCT within our boundaries and the Ni-Miikanaake chapter maintains the trail in Gogebic and western Ontonagon counties. Calvin was a great leader for this volunteer group.
Calvin was a very passionate and dedicated volunteer who always had a smile on his face. He took over the role of president of the club a couple of years ago and has accomplished a lot of great work and built strong relationships within the local and surrounding communities. In addition to working on the reroute in the Porkies and the Ottawa near South Boundary Road, here are some examples of the great work he has done on the Ottawa:
His wife, Susan, told the chapter members "I’m just happy that he died doing what he loved – being in the woods."
Please keep Cal’s family, our NCT volunteers, and our partners at Superior Watershed Partnership in your thoughts during this difficult time.
Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist
Recreation and Wilderness
Ottawa National Forest
Published July 22, 2019
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