Sawyer County’s Land, Water and Forest Resources Committee on Jan. 8 approved a resolution not to charge user fees for the events using county forest trails (such as the American Birkebeiner, Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival, Hayward Lions Pre-Birkie and ATV and snowmobile poker runs).

The committee reviewed reports showing that 75% to 90% of silent sports users of the county forest trails  are non-local. In total, there were 14,843 silent sports event participants on the forest trails last year. Most of those non-local participants (9,000) are Birkebeiner skiers. 

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