Cooperative Partnership a Win, Win Situation

Old steel campfire rings may not elicit a lot of excitement from most people, but the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association was enthusiastic when they learned about a pile of them that were available for recycling.

The fire rings were replaced with new, safer ones as a part of a campground refreshing and revamping that occurred over the past season at the Corps of Engineers’ Crosslake Campground site. Funding for the upgrading was made available to the USACE through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in fulfillment of one the ARRA’s key objectives of investing in national infrastructure.

The USACE and the PBSBA are long-time partners through the Corps’ Cooperative Partnership program. Cooperative Partnerships are a USACE program that seeks local partners to share in efforts of mutual support and to help provide a quality experience for the recreating public. As an outgrowth of this partnership, campground manager, Corrine Hodapp, brought up at the Byway’s September board meeting, the need for someone to haul in for recycling about two tons of scrap fire rings. Byway board members, Rod Nelson and Ron Johnson, volunteered to take on the task of loading and hauling.

They and two friends they recruited for the job, Marlon Gens and Steve VanLiew, hauled a total of 4500 pounds of steel in two trips to a recycling site in Pine River, earning $450.00 for the Byway Association.

“This is a great example of how the Cooperative Partnership program is suppose to work,” said Hodapp. The Corps and the Byway have partnered on several projects over the years, ranging from firewood sales to souvenir tee-shirts.

Learn more information about the USACE’s various partnership programs.

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Published Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2011
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Brainerd Dispatch