"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level
with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain."

-Henry David Thoreau


VASSA is a not-for-profit organization comprised of all volunteers, many of whom also are involved with other silent sport groups or work fulltime for others or at their own business. But all of them believe in VASSA's mission of  acting in the public interest to promote and develop silent sport, non-motorized trails and recreation in Vilas County, WI and the surrounding areas of Wisconsin.


Assisting Area Trail Groups

Facilitating communication between new and established trail groups, the community, and silent sports enthusiasts. One of our current projects is the countywide bike/ped route and trail plan.


Advising New & Potential Trail Builders

Helping trail groups and trail projects go from dream to reality through sharing of knowledge

and resources.


Informing the Trail Community

Spreading the word about the benefits of enjoying silent sports and the growing number of opportunities to enjoy silent sports in the Vilas area.


Advocating a Positive Vision

Creating a vision of a sustainable and prosperous future for the Vilas area through the development and growth of silent sport recreation.


Get involved...silent sports enthusiasts, organizations and supporters interested in getting involved are welcome to attend a VASSA meeting, participate or volunteer at an event, or contact us with your project or idea.


VASSA Officers



Michael “Mike” Robillard, Eagle River WI

Manager, Tara Lila LLC North, Eagle River WI

Secretary, Three Eagle Trail Foundation





Cindy Burzinski, Eagle River, WI

Director, Vilas County Tourism and Publicity, Eagle River WI




Jed Lechleitner, Eagle River WI

Officer, Business Banker, BMO Harris Bank Eagle River WI

President, Eagle River Chamber of Commerce



VASSA Directors


Director/Founder    -

Richard Aylward, Neenah/Eagle River WI

Co-Owner, Tara Lila/Mushy Lake LLC, Neenah/Eagle River WI




Jeff Currie, Cloverland WI

Teacher, Retired

President, Great WI Headwaters Trail Foundation




Diane Anderson, Cloverland WI


Big Brainz Creative



Director (Ex-Officio) / Vilas Health Liaison

Jim Behling, Eagle River WI

Vilas County Public Health Board, City of Eagle River, Eagle River WI



Director (Ex-Officio)

Joe Laux, Eagle River WI

Administrator, City of Eagle River, Eagle River WI



VASSA Supporters and Advisors


Dan Anderson, Dairy Queen of Eagle River, dqeagleriver.com


Joe Panci, Trees for Tomorrow, treesfortomorrow.com

Nordmarka XC Ski Club, contact Troy Walters, troy@treesfortomorrow.com

Develops and promotes cross-country skiing in the Eagle River area by sponsoring winters programs and grooming its own ski trails for the community and middle school gym classes to enjoy.


Darryl Landeau, NCWRPC, ncwrpc.org


Gary Meister, Great WI Headwater Trail System, 3eagletrail.com


Tom Rulseh, Three Eagle Trail Foundation, 3eagletrail.com


Tricia Moore, Northwoods Land Trust, northwoodslandtrust.org


Sandy Lotto, Lotto’s Log Cabin Outdoor School, lottoslogcabin.com


Carlton Schroeder, Civil Engineer (Ret.)


Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Ass. (RASTA), rastatrails.org


Mary Jo Berner, Silent Trailblazer


Kelly Haverkampf, Community Dev., UW Ext.


Edgewater Inn and Cottages, Eagle River WI,


Perry Sippl, (above) and Diane Anderson, VASSA Director (left) volunteer their help with brat preparation for the 2012 GRABAAWR event in Eagle River, WI.

© 2013 VASSA Foundation. VASSA  is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

p: 920.312.8937

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