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Spring 2011

A Quarterly Publication of the Ice Age Trail Alliance

Don‘t Miss the 2011 Annual Conference & Membership Meeting! April 7–10, Wausau See p. 12 for details

our mission

The mission of the Ice Age Trail Alliance is to create, support and protect a thousand-mile footpath tracing Ice Age formations across Wisconsin.

Mammoth Tales is published quarterly by the Ice Age Trail Alliance for its members and friends. Together with the National Park Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local units of government, businesses and volunteers from around the state, the IATA works to preserve Wisconsin’s glacial heritage through the development of the Ice Age National and State Scenic Trail. 2110 Main Street Cross Plains, WI 53528

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The IATA welcomes your comments. Email them to, call us at (800) 227-0046, or send them to Mammoth Tales c/o IATA, 2110 Main Street, Cross Plains, WI 53528. Editor: Laura Stoesz • Contributing Editors: Rebecca Hildebrandt, Eric Sherman Mammoth Tales is designed by Karen Kubiak • Printed by Action Graphics, Butler, WI • (262) 373-1999 • Mammoth Tales is printed with soy-based ink on 30% recycled, Wisconsin-sourced paper

On the Cover

High Bridge, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is still rock-solid as it delivers hikers on the Eau Claire Dells Segment to the other side of the Eau Claire River. Photo by Eric Sherman, IATA Information Systems Coordinator.

what’s inside:

Annual Conference

Summer Saunters “We don’t hike—We strut”: So says this T-shirt, proudly sported by one of many Summer Saunters participants. The Summer Saunters program reaches more than 80 youth annually and operates in two cities. Read more about our partners and outreach efforts in our 2010 Annual Report (p. 8), and learn what else we’ve been up to in 2010. Photo courtesy of Luke Kloberdanz.

Trailway Protection Highlights

You don’t have to be the Eau Claire River to swirl through the Dells. Just attend our Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Wausau. Read up on all the hikes, activities and events in store by turning to p. 12. While you’re at it, if you haven’t already, fill out and mail in your registration form if you’re attending (p. 16), or your Annual Meeting proxy, if you can’t come (p. 17). Photo by Eric Sherman, IATA Information Systems Coordinator.


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Robert Rusch, of Rib Lake, Wisconsin, and this Towering Timber-to-be (a young white pine) demonstrate the sustainable forestry practices in use at the Rusch family property in Taylor County. Thanks to the generosity of Rusch and his wife, Ann, the Alliance holds an easement over their property. Read about this easement and other recent land acquisitions for the Ice Age Trail in Trailway Protection Highlights, page 18. Photo by Kevin Thusius, IATA Director of Land Conservation.


Spring 2011

In this issue: Staff Update.......................................................................... 4

Trail Building Highlights.................................................... 21

2010 Annual Report............................................................... 6

Chapter Highlights............................................................. 23

Executive Director’s Report.................................................. 5 Thanks to Our Generous 2010 Donors...............................10 2011 Annual Conference & Membership Meeting News.. 12

2011 Mobile Skills Crew Event Schedule........................... 22 Events Calendar................................................................. 26 Chapter Coordinator Contact Information......................... 28

Conference Registration Form............................................16

Member & Donor News . .................................................. 29

Trailway Protection Highlights.......................................... 18

Membership Form............................................................. 32

Official Annual Meeting Announcement and Proxy ........... 17

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Ice Age Trail Books Update............................................... 31

Entire Trail: pages 6, 23, 26 page 14

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cover photo, page 15

Eau Claire

Annual Conference page 12


Green Bay

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15 30 Miles

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update Welcome, Karen Malhiot! After almost a year and a half (and arguably a decade) since we first started thinking about this new staff position, the Ice Age Trail Alliance hired Karen Malhiot as full-time Education and Outreach Manager in November of 2010. This position was made possible in large part by the generosity of the Henry and Margie Reuss family. With over 20 years of experience in the education profession, Karen is excited to be joining the staff of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. She has had a love of nature and Wisconsin since her childhood days sailing Lake Michigan and canoeing Wisconsin’s rivers. Karen has a passion for creating relevant and engaging experiences that allow students to connect to their local community and environment. At her previous position at University Lake School in Hartland, Wisconsin, this meant developing a variety of stewardship projects, including using the school’s forest for a series of multi-disciplinary units. One project had students identifying sugar maples, tapping and collecting sap, making syrup and serving a pancake breakfast to their parents. Karen also worked with the North Lake Management District to develop and implement a program where students and parents performed restoration work and monitored the water quality of the Oconomowoc River upstream from North Lake. Recognizing that the Ice Age Trail is a significant environmental treasure that represents the commitment of the people of Wisconsin to preserving their natural heritage, Karen is working to develop educational and outreach programs that will further connect people to the wonders of the Ice Age Trail. These first months have had her busy learning about the IATA and the amazing work that volunteers and staff perform on daily basis. She is looking for grant opportunities that will help us build on successful educational programs already in place, like Summer Saunters. Karen is also looking to support the many outreach programs as well as establish new ones. Currently she is working with the naturalists at Devil’s Lake State Park to develop an event, the Great Glacial Gathering, that will highlight our glacial past and the beauty of the Ice Age Trail. Welcome, Karen!

ice age trail alliance Board of Directors Executive Committee President Valerie Bailey-Rihn Madison, WI

Treasurer Daniel Geraghty Milwaukee, WI

Secretary David Kinnamon Bayside, WI

Vice president Development Don Erickson Birchwood, WI

Vice president Leadership Development John Shank Milwaukee, WI

vice president personnel & PRESIDENT ELECT John Helling Edina, MN



board and staff

Jason Dorgan, Madison, WI Ellen Drought, Shorewood, WI Cora Dversdall, Frederic, WI Roy Gromme, Oconomowoc, WI Mary Hilfiker, St. Paul, MN Lorraine Lange, Baraboo, WI David Lonsdorf, Verona, WI Dave Mickelson, Madison, WI Mike Mollerus, Birchwood, WI Bill Welch, Lodi, WI

Directors Emeritus Adam Cahow Dick Cates Robert Cromer Tom Drought Norm Huth Joe Jopek Dave Kinnamon Terry Kohler David Lovejoy David Phillips Robert Rusch John Zillmer

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Leadership Memorial Joyce Erdman Warren Knowles Henry Reuss Marion “Barney” Viste J.J. “Doc” Werner Raymond Zillmer


Executive Director Mike Wollmer

Director of Field Operations Tim Malzhan



education & outreach manager Karen Malhiot

informaton systems coordinator Eric Sherman

EAstern Field Representative Brad Crary

Western Field Representative Randy Myren

GIS Specialist

Tiffany Stram

administrative assistant Jo Ellarson

publications coordinator Laura Stoesz

straight lake project coordinator Pete Englund

executive director’s


Mike Wollmer

With 2011, a new journey begins for the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Many new segments of actual trail will be built and countless maintained and re-maintained. Added to those accomplishments will be those of planning and partnerships.

speaking of

Our new strategic plan will be approved formally at the April quarterly Board of Directors meeting. The process began in late 2009 and I’m anxious to develop a plan that will reflect the input of so many members. Having had the opportunity to participate at some point with all of the sub-committees, the dedication and enthusiasm for the process genuinely inspires me. I can assure you that together, we’ll be ticking off goals in no short order. This living document will be our organizational “companion guide” as we shape our IATA future. Our future will be changing indeed. For the first time in most of our tenures with the Ice Age Trail, we’ll be looking ahead to a new face at the National Park Service. Tom Gilbert leaves his post as he retires as superintendent of the Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails. We wish him well and look forward to welcoming him as a new volunteer! We’ll be building new bridges with his successor later this year. We’ll be looking forward to working with the new leadership at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as well. The Ice Age Trail, as a State Scenic Trail, is the backbone of hiking and walking in Wisconsin. As it traverses countless DNR properties over its 1200 miles, the Ice Age Trail represents a ribbon of recreational opportunity for hundreds of thousands of residents. Our partnership with the DNR has always been strong. Looking back at 2010, over half of our 68,340 volunteer hours were devoted to state-owned properties. Simply incredible! Our partnerships don’t stop with the NPS and DNR; there are so many beyond that. In the truest sense of the words, we are a Partnership Project. It starts within the Ice Age Trail family. Twenty-one Chapters give us local roots with our county and municipal units of government. Our local volunteers give the Ice Age Trail Alliance a voice when we are dealing with other important partners: school systems, county forests, town boards, park departments and other public agencies. Land acquisition for the Trail many times starts when local volunteers see the “for sale” signs go up.

partnerships... As we move to 2011, we’re taking an aggressive approach to foundation, corporate, government and individual giving. In coordination with staff, the Development Committee has compiled lists of target donors for each category. We will be “taking our show on the road” to meet with them, tell them our story and ask them to support the Alliance. You can support us too: 4 Do you work for a company that has a philanthropic effort? 4 Do you know of an area foundation that might consider supporting our organization? 4 Can you introduce us to a friend who might have the ability to provide financial support? 4 Have you considered including the Alliance in your estate plans? If you can answer yes to any of these questions or can think of other ways to help, please contact Rebecca Hildebrandt, IATA Director of Development, to learn how you can help the IATA reach our goals for 2011.

And landowners that host Trail — how valuable are they as partners? The Trail passes through some 140 private properties across the state. The generosity of these landowners and the confidence that they put in the Ice Age Trail Alliance can never be appreciated enough. Planning and partnerships. I think they go well together. I hope that all of you will join me in making 2011 a banner year of prudent growth, extended partnerships and mutual respect.

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For the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the year 2011 began with the installation of a Celebration Bell in our office. It is meant for all celebrations, big and small, in all areas of our organization. It can be rung by any staff member to call attention to something that we can all celebrate. We’re looking forward to 2011 being a bell-ringer of a year! In the challenging year that was 2010, there were many bell-ringing moments. Thanks to our volunteers, members, donors, allies and friends, we achieved great things — like the 16.4 new miles of Ice Age Trail opened this year, the 10.6 miles of Trail permanently protected, the 9% increase we saw in our membership ranks and the 11% increase we saw in volunteer hours. We added to our staff, our holiday appeal helped us raise over $53,000 for the Trail, and we continued to support innovative programs like Summer Saunters and develop our partnerships with the National Park Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and many counties and private foundations. These are not small achievements; they are hard won with a lot of work and support from folks like you, and we thank you for helping us get there. So from all of us at the IATA: read on, and revel in the good work accomplished for the Ice Age Trail in 2010.

Growing and Stewarding the Trail

In 2010 Ice Age Trail volunteers helped open 16.4 new miles of the Ice Age Trail for public use. Even with the loss of 4.25 miles of the Ice Age Trail, the Trail still gained 12.15 miles in 2010 (see table below).

Net change in miles of the Ice Age Trail opened to the public Year 2003 2004 2005 2006

Miles +6.9 +5.6 +6.7 +17.3

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010

Miles +7.3 +8.3 +10.1 +12.15

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2010 annual report

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Together, volunteers crafted 1,150 feet of boardwalk, created 600+ linear feet of rock retaining walls, built three clear span bridges, shaped over 50,000 linear feet of four-step sustainable tread and protected that investment with rolling grade dips and assorted trail plumbing features. Volunteers opened “rooms with a view” that peer into what Wisconsin’s pre-European-settlement vegetative landscape might have looked like by painstakingly eradicating invasive species of plants while improving wildlife habitat in the process. Providing perspective on all the above accomplishments is a remarkable story of how one volunteer called upon the First Aid training he received at an Ice Age Trail Alliance training to help save the life of an injured logger (see Chapter Highlights, p. 23). To all volunteers whose diverse contributions make these and many other accomplishments possible, the Ice Age Trail Alliance extends our deepest appreciation.


• In Polk County, 2010 was a glorious madhouse of activity. The Indianhead Chapter hosted two Mobile Skills Crew (MSC) events that netted about four miles of new trail and 650 feet of boardwalk. 410 volunteers contributed 9,028 hours at these two events. The IATA partnered with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps program and hosted nine young men and women from the Iowa campus. These volunteers assisted with community outreach, education and trail building needs for six weeks at Straight Lake State Park. At the McKenzie Creek State Wildlife Area, the IATA crafted a handsome and durable 45-foot-long clear span bridge and boardwalk approaches from rough-sawn white oak lumber.

Two young volunteers help carry the load at Straight Lake State Park in Polk County. Volunteer trail builders carried all the lumber, hardware and tools to build a 400-foot boardwalk, and they carried it over half a mile. Some volunteers did nothing but carry lumber. Photo by IATA Board member John Helling of Luck, WI.


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• The Marathon County Chapter hosted the June and September MSC events and “IAT-U” (Ice Age Trail University). Thirty-five volunteers participated in IAT-U trainings and 194 volunteers contributed 6,198 hours to open for business two miles of new trail in the Plover River State Fishery Area.

• In Dane County, volunteer trail builders are seeing the Ice Age Trail with new eyes; two 250-foot boardwalks (one on the Verona Segment, the other at Brooklyn State Wildlife area), and a substantial reroute above the Verona ‘quarry’ that included an impressive climb with rock walls and switchbacks, were constructed. • In Columbia County, the Lodi Valley Chapter hosted the MSC season finale. 185 volunteers contributed 3,456 hours and crafted a new mile of Trail on the Gibraltar segment. Described by a local resident as “comparable” in its quality of construction to any other major trail system, such as the Appalachian or Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails’, the route is one of enduring surprise and satisfaction. • In Lincoln County, the IATA coordinated with Northwoods Chapter members, Wisconsin Public Service, DNR, the Merrill School District and a private contractor to build a 54-foot-long replacement bridge on the Grandfather Falls segment. • Statewide, IATA chapters and volunteers successfully met the ongoing challenge of maintaining existing sections of the trail and increasing public awareness of the trail locally.

Protecting the Trailway

Land protection of the Ice Age Trail in 2010 finished with a flurry. In total, 10.6 miles of Trail were permanently protected via 13 different land acquisitions encompassing 1,530 acres. That makes last year the second-most productive year for protecting the Ice Age Trail since the Alliance began tracking this information in 1986. What is the reason for this success?

Miles of the Ice Age Trail permanently protected

Year 2003 2004 2005 2006

Miles 6.2 7.2 15.1 3.0

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010

Miles 4.8 4.4 4.4 10.6

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• In Waushara County, two new miles of trail were open for business following the August MSC event. The new segment meanders through rolling hills and takes in long views to the southeast. In the Greenwood State Wildlife Area, a significant reroute to interpret a large glacial kettle was also started. 103 volunteers contributed over 1,900 hours toward these outcomes.

represent an increase of nearly 30% in volunteerism for the IATA and shatters the previous record for the program.

2010 annual report

• The Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter successfully completed a new half-mile off-road trail section, eliminating about two miles of roadwalk. The popular Holy Hill Segment received a needed upgrade of over a mile. A Mequon Boy Scout Troop and a Slinger High School student group helped Chapter members building rock walls, removing two dozen rotted wood steps and closing social trails.

There are many answers to this question, but one constant is partnerships. Without the efforts of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Dane County, generous donations from landowners, and funding from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, acquisitions for the Ice Age Trail would grind to a halt. Some of the highlights in 2010 include the state’s acquisition of the 400-acre Potter Preserve in Sauk County, a 75-acre easement in Washington County and two industrial forest lands totaling an additional 490 acres. These four acquisitions alone protected approximately 5.5 miles of Ice Age Trail. Some have existing Ice Age Trail, but most of the Trail is yet to be. Keep an eye out for future Trail construction opportunities on these properties.

• The Mobile Skills Crew (MSC) program reached new heights as 734 different volunteers from around the state and beyond dedicated a phenomenal 22,677 hours to enhancing the Ice Age National Scenic Trail through their participation in the program. These participant and volunteer hour numbers

The Ice Age Trail Alliance had a particularly active year in land acquisition. Highlights of our accomplishments include a 47-acre easement in Waupaca and Portage Counties, acceptance of two life estate donations and the acquisition of a key parcel in the Ice Age Interpretive site at Cross Plains (see accompanying article on p. 19). It is now the responsibility of

As part of their duties, IATA Land Management & Stewardship interns Katie Weber and Sally Gallagher worked with Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation, on land restoration. Here, Katie girdles an aspen to prevent the shading out of a native prairie remnant at Baraboo University in Sauk County. IATA file photo.

The Potter Preserve, which the state of Wisconsin acquired in early 2010, encompasses 400 acres of mature forest with a 40-acre opening that provides views of the Baraboo Hills and the Narrows, a 230-foot-high gorge through the hills. The Ice Age Trail will eventually cross the property, taking advantage of the area’s abundant glacial history. Photo by Kevin Thusius. MAMMOTH TALES | Spring 2011 |


2010 annual report

the Alliance to maintain the easement and these life estate properties in perpetuity. With several new acquisitions on the horizon for the Alliance, support for long-term management of these properties will continue to be an essential part of our ongoing efforts. The Alliance continued to care for the nearly 2,500 acres already owned and/or under easement around the state. We were able to hire two Land Management and Stewardship interns in 2010. They helped the Lands Program reach new heights by organizing land files, GPS-ing property boundaries, writing management plans and monitoring easements. They spent a considerable amount of time in the field performing restoration tasks, preparing for prescribed burns, identifying plants and controlling invasive species. IATA staff and interns helped two separate prairie and oak savanna restoration projects along the Ice Age Trail in Dane County to move forward significantly by cutting and stacking brush and controlling aggressive woody debris. Furthermore, the IATA continues to develop additional policies that will help us work toward protecting current easements and owned properties.

Supporting Our Volunteers

In the 2010 National Park Service volunteer “year” (i.e., October 1, 2009–September 30, 2010), 2,340 different volunteers reported 65,513.55 hours of labor devoted to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, with the latter figure in particular representing a large increase compared with previous years. At the $20.85 Independent Sector rate for a volunteer hour (see, that’s a contribution valued at more than $1,365,000. Leaders of the IATA’s 21 active volunteer chapters along the Ice Age Trail and the Mobile Skills Crew program supported volunteers by organizing trail building and trail maintenance workdays throughout the year, providing necessary equipment and training at events and tracking and reporting volunteer hours to help volunteers earn benefits through the National Park Service’s Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program. In addition to support from fellow volunteers at the chapter level, Ice Age Trail volunteers received support from IATA staff members. Staff supported volunteers by, among other duties, • Helping secure Challenge Cost Share funding from the National Park Service for chapter-led Ice Age Trail projects, • Providing avenues for chapter event publicity via our enhanced website and quarterly magazine Mammoth Tales and

Hours reported by Ice Age Trail volunteers 10/01/06- 09/30/07 No. of volunteers reporting hours 1189 Total hours reported 48,187.5 Average hours per volunteer 40.5


10/01/07- 9/30/08 1602 42,288.9 26.4

10/01/08- 10/01/099/30/09 9/30/10 2281 2340 58,225.3 65,513.5 25.5 27.9

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• Helping chapter leaders understand and meet regulatory guidelines that must be cleared before on-the-ground efforts can begin.

Growing Awareness and Partnerships

Promoting the Ice Age Trail to new audiences in a variety of venues continues to be accomplished through the dedicated efforts of the Ice Age Trail Alliance volunteers and staff. Whether through hikes, bird watching or chapter reward programs, the chapters continue to be the primary force that provides Trail opportunities designed for their local communities’ needs. Chapter volunteers continue to spearhead efforts at regional events, in addition to staffing info booths at smaller events such as county- and municipallevel fairs and farmers’ markets. In November of this year the Alliance added an Education and Outreach Manager, Karen Malhiot, to our staff. This position will enable the Alliance to further support the local chapters in their efforts as well as work to develop statewide initiatives in both the areas of outreach and education.

All our volunteers are all-stars, but one volunteer was nationally recognized in 2010. Rich Propp (left) received the Wisconsin State Trail Worker award at the 20th American Trails National Symposium. Congratulations, Rich! Photo by Diane Banta of the National On July 14th, the IATA Park Service. went live with the new and improved Ice Age Trail Alliance website. The website has many new features, and we are continuing to update both features and content. Some of these features include: • A Trail Map and Current Conditions page that allows you to zoom in and explore every mile of the Ice Age Trail route, with both satellite and terrain views. • A new and improved Events Calendar page that lists the entire range of fun and rewarding Ice Age Trail Alliance events on the horizon. • A Make a Donation page, allowing individuals to renew membership, give a gift membership or make a donation through our secure online store. • Each page on the site includes links to our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. Much work has gone on behind the scenes on projects that will come to fruition in 2011. Countless volunteers and IATA staff have been working tirelessly to update the Ice Age Trail Atlas and Companion Guide. The new editions will be ready for release in April of this year. In addition, the IATA has been working with Discover Mediaworks developing the first of three Discover Wisconsin television shows. The show will feature the IAT beginning at the Western Terminus of the Trail, continuing through to Chippewa County. After

The IATA continues to work to support innovative teachers that are finding engaging ways to use the Trail for educational programming. The highly successful Summer Saunters Program in Lodi, Wisconsin, is now in its third year and continues to expand. This past year the program added a community service component, a two-day family overnight trip for a Mobile Skills Crew trail construction project. Fifty-eight students and their families, along with four teachers and a bus driver, volunteered to build trail in Straight Lake State Park. Leah Bradley, an active IATA volunteer and a teacher at Goodrich Elementary School in Milwaukee, created a Summer Saunters program tailored to her urban students. The students of Goodrich spent a day at school learning about the Ice Age Trail, what to expect out on the trail and basic hiker etiquette. Then they took to the Ice Age Trail near the Milwaukee area, walking parts of the Holy Hill, Pike Lake State Park and

Goodrich Elementary students enjoy the view from a large erratic on the Holy Hill Segment in Waukesha County. They made journals that they used to record their experiences on the Trail. Photo by Leah Bradley of Milwaukee, WI. Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest segments. Despite an abundance of mosquitoes, the students found great value in the experience and look forward to more summer hikes. The IATA continues to look for new ways to introduce the Trail to the next generation of users.

Strengthening Our Organization Financially

After one of our best fundraising years in 2009, 2010 will go down as one of our most challenging. But that’s not stopping us from moving ahead to 2011 with big plans to raise money and awareness for the Ice Age Trail. We continue into the new year with renewed enthusiasm for membership development and growth. We have experienced a 9.2% growth in membership from this time last year. (See our website at http://www. for complete 5-year data.) 2011 will bring new opportunities for membership recruitment and new ways to share your story. We expect that our upcoming Strategic Plan will have some goals focused on membership development and provide new ideas on how to expand our organization. Stay tuned!

2010 annual report

premiering at our Annual Conference it will begin airing on network television Saturday, April 9th, 2011.

Our Giving Tree has been an incredible addition to our fundraising capacity. The tree was instrumental in helping the Ice Age Trail Alliance raise over $53,000 as the focus of the year-end holiday appeal. That total is the highest we’ve achieved as an organization and nearly three times as much as the 2009 appeal. As a result of the campaign, we will have over 100 items — leaves, acorns, roots, and boot prints — on the Giving Tree quilt to recognize the contributions of volunteers, donors and friends of the Ice Age Trail. We can’t talk of our tree without continuing to thank IATA member Louise Schotz, the amazing artist who brought our idea of a giving tree to life. If you haven’t seen it in person, please stop in our office sometime and take a look — it is a sight to behold! Watch future Mammoth Tales issues for a photo with the newest additions. We continue to welcome memorial and in-honor-of gifts for the Giving Tree. MAMMOTH TALES | Spring 2011 |


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Thanks to Our Generous 2010 Donors $50,000 The Family of the Late Congressman Henry S. Reuss and his wife, Margaret


Dr. Charles & Joan Dorgan Sue Knopf Gerald & Signe Emmerich Edith & Robert Korn David Engleson Foundation Don & Jan Erickson Karen Kubiak Dale & Joanna Fanney Jack Legare Hansen $10,000–$15,000 Keith Glass Leon & Liz LeVan Ron Endres Bob Glejf Margaret Lochbaum Roy & Sue Gromme Betty Craig & Bob Gurda David & Lois Lovejoy REI Greater Milwaukee Ann MacIver Barbara Voigt Foundation’s Leesley B. and A.S. & C.K. McAllister $5,000–$7,000 Joan J. Hardy Fund Dave Menard Kristine Hinrichs Mike & Judi Mollerus Anonymous (2) Lawrence Hitch Landon S. & Lisa Naffin Sheldon & Marianne Lubar Albert & Nancy Niemi Charitable Fund of the Lubar Independent Charities of America Osprey Packs, Inc. Family Foundation Knights Templar Club, Summit George & Connie Ott Mary Mowbray & Roland Lake Gary & Hedda Patzke Schroeder Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Inc. Dean & Jayne Paynter $2,500–$4,999 Barbara Lozar Joann Peck Anonymous (2) Christine Johnson & John David Phillips David Rihn & Valerie BaileyMatel L.E. Phillips Family Rihn Dolly McNulty Foundation, Inc. John & Sharon Bloodgood John Mewaldt Henry & Gladys Phillips Derse Foundation, Inc. Daniel Rambo Foundation Fund within the Kettle Moraine 100 Endurance Michael Riggs Community Foundation of Runs Kandee Rosburg North Central Wisconsin David & Karen Kinnamon Elizabeth Ross Gail Piotrowski Will Ross Memorial Carole Schultz Chuck Poat Foundation Robert & Mary Stodola Ken & Donna Pokora Mike & Barbara Wollmer John Stolzenberg Brad & Gail Powers $1,000–$2,499 U.S. Bancorp Foundation Nancy Reschke Elizabeth Uihlein Anne M. Riendl Anonymous (2) Veverka Family Foundation Riverland Conservancy 3M David Wilber Barbara Roberts David & Julia Appel Pauline Witte David & Heidi Ropa Rodney Bartlow James Wollmer Ann & Robert Rusch Jason Dorgan Dale & Penny Schaber Ellen Drought $250–$499 Phillip & Jean Schaefer Cora & Dean Dversdall Tom & Carol Alberg Richard Schreiner Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Funk Anonymous (2) Brad Sherman Daniel Geraghty Luke & Kristi Bares Fawn & John Shillinglaw Sally Wilmeth & Terry John F. Barker Patricia J. McKearn & Richard Geurkink Brian Blesi B. Smith Greater Milwaukee Wanda Brown Charlie Spaar Foundation’s Paul & Philia Dave & Barb Bryce Ken & Sally Waraczynski Hayes Foundation Virginia & James Coburn Jim Waters Mary Hilfiker Bill Colby Patti Herman & Bill Welch Phyllis Huffman Jeff, Shelly & Ben Dohlby William Knickrehm Mr. & Mrs. William Eastham Jo Wenzler Gary Werner Mary Lonien Dale Eckstrom Donald Williams Marilyn Chohaney & David Tom & Carol Ehrsam Dick & Nancy Wilson Lonsdorf David & Tracy Erickson Pat Witkowski Mead & Hunt, Inc., Madison First Universalist Unitarian Ted Levenhagen & Jean Charles & Carolyn Mowbray Church, Wausau Zillmer Levenhagen Michael & Lyne Prichard Gordon Folkman Jen & John Shank $100–$249 Judy Fossen Ron & Paulette Smith Edward Abell Rita Fox William Stark Jones Kay Adams-Fleig Randy & Carol Franke Foundation Charles Adleman The Freeman Family Gerald Viste Erwin Albrecht Richard Fries $500–$999 Joe Aldstadt Pamela & Gary Gates The Amuzu Family Dennis & Noreen Gilberts David & Kathy Adam Mr. & Mrs. Ted Goeres, Lodi Bobbi Anderson Amcor, Mundelein, IL Hugh Anderson Canning Co., Inc. American Transmission Debra Baesemann Kim Zak & Dick Groves Company Mike Baierlipp Dr. Kurt Hansen Steve & Beth Anderson Russell Baird Ed Hastreiter Anonymous (2) Richard & Barbara Baker JoAnn Havel David & Natalie Beckwith Daniel Barker Bill Cook Chapter of the Izaak John & Rosmarie Helling Kristin & Jake Barnes Sandra & John Heyer Walton League of America Richard Baske Charles & Tammy Hodulik Sean Bina Judge & Mrs. Richard Becker Dan & Paula Jarzemsky Roger & Joan Boerner John Mesching & Kris Jensen Mary Behan James Brenner Dave Beisser Chuck & Rose Johnson Eric Daub Andrew Bent Tricia & Karl Kissinger MAMMOTH TALES | Spring 2011 |

Victoria Berget Ron & Nelda Bergsten Ronald & Mary Bero Sisters of the Holy Nativity, Bethlehem by the Lake, Ripon Roberta & Rick Bie Dorothy Jeffries & Laurence Bilek John & Victoria Billings Woody & Madge Bishop Joan & Darren Blankenship Robert Bless Nancy Watson-Bocher & Jeffrey Bocher Bruce & Roberta Boczkiewicz Michael Boehmer David & Sarah Bogen John & Sandra Bolger Steve & Nancy Books Deborah Bowen Rosemarie Braatz Leah Bradley Steve & Mary Bradley Tannica & James Bragiel Chris Braker Christine Braun Frank & Mary Ann Brazelton Mrs. Frederick Brengel Kathie & Tom Brock Carol & Robert Broman Karl & Aimee Broman Anthony Brooks Frank Brotz, Plastics Engineering Company, Sheboygan Bill Brown Scott Brown Peter & Joan Bruce Dr. & Mrs. Richard F. Bruch Professor Carol Bruch Professor Ludwig W. Bruch Jim Buchanan Terry A. Burki Edwin Burman Elizabeth Bush Dave Caliebe Robert Cape Susan Carlson Maggie Carrao David & Margaret Cash Caterpillar Foundation Dana & Patricia Chabot Peter Chambers Charleston/Orwig, Inc., Hartland Janet Christian Michael Pelech & Joyce Cielecki Nick & Elizabeth Ciganovich Bill & Marshall Clarke Theodore Cochrane Jerald A. Collins Coloma Lions Club John Connell Victor & Rebecca Connors Jerome & Barbara Converse Mark & Ellen Cook Jim Bob Cooley Eric & Julie Cooper Brian & Karen Copp James Courchane CoVantage Credit Union, Antigo

Mark & Barbara CrapsterPregont Chuck & Gloria Crary Bob & Dede Cromer Kathy Cronkrite Martha B. Cruz Lee Curtes Daniel & Bonita Dailey Frederick & Edith Ann Dalleska John Daniels Bruce C. Davidson Elizabeth DeBraal Donald DeBruyn W. Davis Dechert Lisa DeLaney David Ditlefsen Michael Donohoe Nancy & Robert Dott Tom & Patty Dreier Kathleen Drew Tom & Bette Drought Doris & Richard Dubielzig Sandy Duffy Frederic & Lois Duperrault Kathleen & Kenneth Eckstein Jan & James Eisner Dave Erickson Deb & Dick Erickson Elayne Erickson Lisa Doerr & Ronald Erickson Gary & Judith Ertel Gary & Brenda Ertl Frank Evans Barb & Gary Failing Charles & Anne Ferrell C. & E. Fink Verena Fjermestad Carol Fleishauer David & Barbara Flesch Gary Fransen Robert & Sally Freckmann Julie Fries Harold Friestad Jan Froelich Dennis Gahagan Doug Galaszewski Steve Gausebeck Stephen & Jean Gavin John & Carolyn Geason Richard A. Georg Jr. Tom & Jan Gilbert Russell & Georgia Gilbertson Don & Barb Gilmore Thomas Gleason Glowac+Harris+Madison Jean Gohlke James Golz Jack & Kathie Gorski Tura Hoel Graber Sue Whittaker & Tim Grass Kenneth Graupner Mr. & Mrs. Paul Greeney Ron & Martha Gritt Linda Hein & Tom Gross Frank Groves Newton & Elaine Guderyon Mike Guisleman George Gurria The Gustafson Family Ronald Gutschow Jack & Susan Hale Hancock Lions Club

Katherine & Ian Lambert Bruce LaPointe Barb & Jerry Larson Lars Erik & Barbara Larson John & Martha Laubach Robert Lazar Nancy, Vince, Sophia & Dominic Lazzaroni Richard Leighton Keith Lemburg Caroline Lenselink Ralph Leonard Sally Lewis Mary Liebig Kurt Lingel Fred & Nancy Littmann Nancy Litzenberg Esther Locascio Richard Lonsdorf John C. & Laura Love & Family William Luedtke Janet Luhman James & Susan Lundberg Rod Lundberg Tony Lundberg Frank Luther Sam & Dave Macklem Mr. & Mrs. Gerald E. Mainman Karen Malhiot Tim & Carlyn Malzhan Peter Mamerow Joe, Krista & Joey Mann Marathon Savings Foundation, Inc. Russ & Clara Marr Robert & Clare Marsh Edward Marshall Steve White & Donna Martin Terry Mason Beth Mastin-Kiefaber Sally Mathews Mary & Kenneth Maxwell Charles W. Mayo Carol & Jerry McAdow Todd McAllister John & Judith McBroom Katharine McDonnell Sandra Ward & Patrick McDonnell Susan McElwee Henry McHalsky Bruce McKay Bob & Carol Mead Neal & Donna Meier Dennis Meilicke Tom Melvin Lori & Tom Mescher Metropolitan Women’s Club, Middleton Buzz Meyer Pat & Sandy Meyer David & Vin Mickelson Milwaukee Valve Company, Inc. Lisa Mink Michael & Mary Mirkes Mark & Carol Mitchell Robert Moe Thomas & Nancy Mohs Gregg & Emily Moore John & Betty Moore Tim & Deb Morris George Moss, Western States Envelope Co., Milwaukee

Rosalie Moyer Pati Holman & Paul Mozina Cathy Drexler & Wade Mueller Tess Mulrooney Sally Mundt Susan Munger Dr. Gene & Beatrice A. Musolf Marilynn & Fred Nash Dr. Thomas Naughton John & Lynda Nedden-Durst Jim & Karen Nemke Jim Fritz & Deby Netzel Sharon Lavin & Joe Neuman Robert Nevermann Dan & Gillian Nevers Ann & Erik Nielsen Bonnie & Dave Nommensen Andrew Nordine Tim Obukowicz Charlene Ohnstad Michael & Ginger O’Keefe Roderick Oldenburg Jefren Olsen Bart & Char Olson Robert Olson Rod & Carol Olson Jean & Tom Orbison Harry Knipp & Mary Ann Ortmayer Irene Osterbrock Randy & Joanne Parlee Sally Martin, Vicki Martin & Bob Perelman Scott & Sherryl Pertzborn Gale Petersen Diane Peterson Leslie Peterson Diane Phifer Martha Pieper Piper Road Spring Band John & Barbara Pippenger Kenneth Pippert Evan & Jane Pizer William Platt H.B. & Colleen Pomeroy Tod Poremski Jim Powers Richard Propp David & Carole Pucely Mr. George Purcell Paul Rabinowitz John Race Robert J. Rada Beth & Peter Rahko John & Mary Lou Rashke William & Marilyn Rasmussen Alfred Reeves JoAnn Levy-Rehm & Bernd Rehm Richard Rehm Brian Reimink Kenneth & Julia Richardson Fred A. Risser Glenn & Sherri Ritz Roger & Nancy Ritzow Rachel Roberts Harold W. Rock Dean & Mary Rockstad John Rodee Barry & Ann Rogers Stephen & Barbara Romberger

Dave & Sue Rowe Lisa Ruesch James D. Runge Rural American Bank of Luck Charles Saeman Veronica Saeman Saint Croix Regional Medical Center Betty Sancier Dr. William Saucier Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics Ruth Saunders Scenic Bluffs, LLC, Madison Celia Kiela & Jay Schad Jim & Marge Schad Dan & Carolyn Schaut Carolyn Schloemer David Schlosser Lisa Schmatzhagen Judi & Karl Schmid James Schmitt, Schmitt Technical Services, LLC, Cross Plains Tom & JoAnne Schoenecker Chris Schoggen Betty Schraith Pam Schuler William A. & Ann T. Schultheis Benjamin & Heather Schultz Truman D. & Barbara L. Schultz Anthony & Nancy Schuster Al & Dawn Schwark Carol Scott Jennifer Scott Dr. Robert & Caryl Sewell Emil Shelendich Mary Shumaker Ron & Mary Siepmann Sierra Club - Four Lakes Group Susan Simpson Patti & Tom Sinclair John Singer Mary Skalecki William Skelton Bob & Pat Skinner Mary & Joseph Skupniewitz Jane & Craig W. Smith Kraig Smith Leonard Sobczak Susan & Oyvind Solvang Ruth Sommers Alan & Jessica Southworth Bates Phil Sower Martha Spalding Elizabeth Sperberg Sports for Active Seniors Program, Madison Michael Stae Judith Stark Monica Staubach Bill Staudenmaier Fran Steffes Jennifer Stehley Lori Steinbach-Pretty Jeffrey & Jana Steinmetz Jim & Tori Stephens Ellen Stephenson Gary Stephenson John & Martha Stoltenberg Tom & Ruth Stram

Sterling & Barbara Strause Antony Stretton Robert Newbery & Nancy Sugden Dr. John D. & Deanna Swanson Jan Swenson Sarah Sykes Charles & Barbara Taylor Laura Clark-Taylor & Gene Taylor Elaine Taylor, Monches Mill House Mr. & Mrs. Ron Theis Bruce Thompson Kevin & Krista Thusius Robert Timberlake Ann & Stuart Tisdale Shirley Tollaksen Jeanie & Steve Tomasko Jim Trumpy Janet & Gary Tupy Tim & Pam Tyson Kay & Jerry Ulschmid Peter & Colleen Vachuska Jennifer Vandiver Charlie & Sue Varco Karen Wegner & Paul Vastag Keith Veldhuizen David & Karen Verhulst Randy Vizyak Michael & Judith Vogl Charlotte Voigt Tom von Geldern Jed von Heimburg Martin & Karen Voss Richard Beringer & Donna Vrakas Jim Vriesacker Stephanie Lundeen & Brook Waalen Peter Wadsack Carl Wagner Mary & Don Wagner Moldenhauer Walker House, Hancock Thomas Warth Wendy Watson Tammy Hunter & Gary Weier Judy & David Weiss Rusell Welton Family Mike Wenkman Kristi Kenyon & Gary Wensing Harold Werth Steve West Eric & Tonia Whalen Bonnie Wheaton Kathleen Whitt Jim Wilkinson Bill Wingen Karen Wise Christian Wobeter Fred & Karen Wollenburg Mary Woolsey Schlaefer Jane & Greg Wray Marwin Wrolstad Tim Yanacheck V. Metcalf & Mary Yeakel David & Abigail Young Dr. Allen Young Debbie & Peter Zauner Chuck Zinda

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6:30 am–8:00 pm Registration/Check-In

Thursday, April 7

7:00–8:00 am


8:00–11:30 am

Hike: Ringle Segment (see Hiking Highlights on pages 14-15 for details)

12:00–1:00 pm


1:15–2:30 pm

Session #1: Gary Gisselman from the Marathon County Historical Society will give a presentation on the story of the Wausau area from the early lumber era of the 1830’s into the 20th Century. 

2:45–4:30 pm

Session #2: Robert Freckmann, a professor emeritus of biology at the University of WisconsinStevens Point, will give a presentation on invasive species found along the Ice Age Trail.

4:30–5:30 pm

Introductions and Social Hour

5:30–6:30 pm


7:00 pm

Michael Perry, Humorist and Author of Population: 485 – Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, will present his Clodhopper Monologues. Generously sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn.

Friday, April 8

7:00 am–8:00 pm Registration/Check-In 7:00–8:00 am


8:00–11:30 am

Hike: Eau Claire Dells Segment (see Hiking Highlights on pages 14-15 for details)

8:30–11:30 am

Board of Directors Meeting

12:00–1:00 pm


1:15–2:30 pm

Session #1: Searching for Truth within the Confusion about Climate Change: a presentation by Alan Haney, an ecosystem restoration expert, professor emeritus and former dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

2:45–4:30 pm

Session #2: Hiker’s Forum: Be inspired as you hear seasoned hikers spin tales of their adventures on the Ice Age Trail and beyond.

4:30–5:00 pm

Introductions and Social Hour

5:00–6:00 pm


6:15–7:00 pm

Premiere of Discover Wisconsin show on the Ice Age Trail. This episode will begin at the Western Terminus of the Trail and continue through to Chippewa County.

7:00–7:45 pm

Daniel Watson and Pam Schuler will present the National Park Service Volunteers In Parks Awards for volunteer service hours

8:00 pm

Bill Kehl will perform “Music, Culture and the Creative Spirit”. Generously sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service.

7:00 am–1:00 pm Registration/Check-In

Saturday, April 9

7:00–8:00 am


7:00–8:00 am

Breakfast Breakout Group: Roundtable and Listening Sessions

8:00–11:30 am

Featured Hike: Plover River Segment (see Hiking Highlights on pages 14-15 for details)

11:30–12:30 pm


12:30–4:30 pm

Annual Membership Meeting and Election

4:30–5:00 pm

New Board of Directors Meeting

5:00–6:00 pm

Social Hour

6:00–7:00 pm


7:00–7:45 pm

Presentation of Ice Age Trail Alliance Awards

8:00 pm

Buck Tilton, co-founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute of National Outdoor Leadership School and “Medicine Man” for Backpacker Magazine, will discuss backcountry first aid, safety, wilderness education and much more.

7:00–8:00 am


8:00–9:15 am

IATA Staff Presentation: What’s on Tap for 2011

9:30–11:30 am

Granite Peak Chairlift Ride and Hike (Not on the Ice Age Trail)

11:30–12:30 pm

Lunch, Thank-Yous and Check-Out

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Sunday, April 10

Members of the Ice Age Trail Alliance are cordially invited to the IATA’s 2011 Annual Conference and Membership Meeting. This year’s event will take place from Thursday, April 7th through Sunday, April 10th. This is your chance to gather with fellow Ice Age Trail enthusiasts for exciting, informative and fun presentations, glacial group hikes, fine food, and camaraderie.

The Venue

This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Sundance Chalet at Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau. The Marathon County Chapter will be the host chapter and looks forward to welcoming you to the area and taking you out to their segments of the Ice Age Trail.


Attendees will have their choice of several lodging options. To guarantee accommodations, hotel reservations must be made by March 7th. The Plaza Hotel and Suites ($62) 800-754-9728 Super 8 Hotel ($64) 715-848-2888 Stoney Creek Inn ($70) 800-659-2220 Dormitory style lodging (gender segregated) and camping is available at YMCA Camp Sturtevant, 2701 Northwestern Avenue, Wausau, WI. Dorm accommodations and campsites can be reserved on the registration form. Registration prior to March 25th is required to guarantee accommodations.


Conference meals will be provided by Rockman Catering and served at the Sundance Chalet. Each meal will have a vegetarian option, and Friday meals will include a fish option as well. Please indicate which meals you will be ordering on the registration form.

Activities Evening Activities

Thursday 7 PM – Michael Perry author of Population: 485 – Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time will present his Clodhopper Monologues. Mike takes to the stage with a microphone and a passel of stories that range well beyond the pages of his books.  Whether discussing vicious chickens, homeless guinea pigs, long underwear for ladies, or getting your feelings hurt by the New York Times, Perry moves easily from the heartfelt to the hilarious in an easygoing performance some have called “country stand-up”. This performance is generously sponsored by Godfrey and Kahn. Friday 6:15 PM – Join us for the premiere of the first of three episodes of “Discover Wisconsin” that will focus on the Ice Age Trail.  This episode, done in partnership with the City of St. Croix Falls, the City of Rice Lake, Rusk County and Chippewa County, will begin at the Western Author and humorist Michael Perry will be on hand to Terminus of the Trail and continue through to Chippewa County.  You’ll tickle your funny bone on Thursday night (tractor not be the first to see the included). Photo © J. Shimon & J. Lindemann. show, as it airs on network television for the first time on Saturday, April 9th.  At 7PM, the National Park Service will present their VIP Awards for volunteer service hours. Followed by a lively interactive performance by Bill Kehl who will perform “Music, Culture and the Creative Spirit”, a performance that beckons one to revisit the simple and humble beginnings of primitive music and explore the discovery and deliciousness of elemental music in all its wonder. This performance is generously sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service. continued on page 14

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Don’t miss Bill Kehl’s one-of-a-kind performance on Friday – audience participation required! Photo courtesy of Bill Kehl.

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Annual Meeting The Saturday afternoon Annual Membership Meeting is free and open to all members. This meeting provides members with an opportunity to vote, elect new board members, interact with IATA board members and staff and voice opinions.  The IATA includes in this issue of Buck Tilton will share his “Medicine Mammoth Tales (see p. 17) an official Annual Meeting notice, final Board of Directors election information, proposed bylaws amendment notices with explanations, and a proxy.  This year’s Man” wisdom with Alliance meeting will feature the unveiling of the newly adopted strategic plan and explain how it will members during the keynote presentation. Photo by Steve Smith. focus the IATA’s direction for the coming years.

Seminars This year offers a wide range of seminars, from an engaging presentation by the Historical Society of Wausau to lectures on climate change and invasive species. “What’s On Tap 2011” will provide an overview of what the IATA hopes will be another successful year. Enjoy a chairlift ride and short hike atop Granite Peak. We will celebrate this year’s Thousand Milers and the awesome volunteers as they receive recognition at the NPS Awards Ceremony on Friday night and the IATA Awards Ceremony on Saturday Night.

Photo Contest This year’s Annual Conference will feature the IATA photo contest. You may have missed your opportunity to enter, but there’s still time to vote for your favorite photo. March 1st through March 31st photo contest entries will be available for viewing in an online gallery accessed from the home page of the IATA website. Check out the online gallery and vote for your favorite. A second round of voting on the finalists will take place at the Annual Conference, and winners will be recognized at the Annual Meeting Awards Banquet. 0




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Saturday – Buck Tilton Co-founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS, professor of English and Outdoor Education at Central Wyoming College, and “Medicine Man” for Backpacker Magazine since 1989, will give the keynote address at the banquet dinner. He’ll discuss backcountry first aid, safety, wilderness education and much more.



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Ringle Segment (Thursday, 8:00-11:30 am) Hikers often fantasize about the ideal trail. The Ringle Segment probably would not fall into that dream-world concept. However, with its proximity to features that represent the real world, it is fascinating to know that the ideal and the real can co-exist nicely. The county dump (or landfill, if you prefer the euphemism) becomes part of that real world in this hike through an otherwise pristine glacial section of the Ice Age Trail. And, whether we consider ourselves part of the solution or the problem, there is not one of us who doesn’t generate a certain amount of trash.

The hike starts about two miles east of Ringle and travels northeast on the Mountain-Bay State Trail, which was once the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and has been preserved and converted into a crushed rock road-bed that provides an ideal surface for cycling and walking. (Unlike the Ice Age Trail, bicycling is permitted on the Mountain-Bay State Trail.) The two trails split ways at the 2nd Avenue trailhead. At about a half mile are a fifty-foot-high drumlin to the right and a smaller hill to the left that together create an illusion of a mini-valley manifesting the glacial turbulence that took place. The next section is well worth the effort, taking one over a seventy-foot-high drumlin and, about 1.5 miles after the road walk, to the top of Klaver Kame, the only named topographic feature on the Ice Age Trail in Marathon County. The continuation to the north along an old logging road will lead you to the south end of a driveway and to the conclusion of the hike at the public road.

Eau Claire Dells Segment (Friday, 8:00-11:30 am) First there was rhyolite. And, later in geologic time, massive faulting created the mylonite—the stuff that we see as we wind our way through this jewel of Marathon County. The features of the Dells that stay with you. The Ice Age Trail comes right through Dells of the Eau Claire County Park, giving a bird’s eye view from the cliffs overlooking the rapids and the waterfalls that were created so very long ago. Locally and state-wide this very popular area was the heir-apparent for the Ice Age Trail—it just simply could not be missed.


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A hike on the Eau Claire Dells Segment can start at the large picnic shelter on the west side of County Highway “Y” that splits the park in two. Progressing west and southwest following the Eau Claire River along its north side, the views are stupendous. The footbridge that takes the hiker to the south side of the river—locally simply called “High Bridge”—is one of the highlights of the hike. Built by the CCC and administered through the Works Progress Administration (that highly successful 1930s version of an “economic stimulus package”) it has withstood the test of time; beautiful, functional and tough as nails.

Progressing west and southwest—now on the south side of the river—one soon crosses into the south half of the northern hemisphere, having very quietly crossed the 45th Parallel; just one of those informational special things usually only hiker-types are privy to. The Eau Claire River is testament to glacier activities. Eons ago it was tributary to the Plover River, but it now drains the large area created by a huge glacial debris plug that forced the river into its present bed. Within this gorge are numerous plant varieties that are found as far north as Canada: blue beads, lily-of-the-valley, star flower and princess pine. A portion of the southwest part of the park has been listed as a Scientific Area by the state, an area that contains a prehistoric riverbed and is home to rare plant communities.

Jutting rhyolite schist terraces and snaking river make for dramatic views of the Dells of the Eau Claire and a dramatic hiking experience. Even if you’ve been to the Dells before, there’s always something new to admire, The trail passes Sandberg Island on the west side as it leaves the park and and the Annual Conference Friday hike will be no exception. Photo by Eric Sherman, IATA continues along the bank of the river before heading south through maple and oak and hardwoods, ending at County Highway “Z”. Information Systems Coordinator.

Featured Hike

Plover River Segment (Saturday, 8:00-11:30 am) This new Ice Age Trail gem in Marathon County was completed in September 2010 and is the Chapter pride and joy. The southwest starting point is four miles east of Dells of the Eau Claire County Park. The trail segment trends northeast for 2.3 miles to a troad (a former road adopted as a trail) and is all within the Plover River State Fishery. The Plover River Segment takes the hiker along the spectrum of glacial moraine features: kettles, eskers, drumlins and apparent kames. The hike starts through an open meadow that has recently been planted in hardwood tree seedlings, crosses a wooden bridge over a small unnamed creek and continues another ¼ mile before entering a primarily deciduous woodland, undulating through the complex topography. The crossing of a snowmobile trail halfway through is the only sign of humanity. At about 1.5 miles the trail suddenly drops into the coniferous wooded wetland area that follows the Plover River—a Class 1 trout stream—for about 700 feet. The Plover River drops 70 feet in elevation from Highway 52 to Sportsman Drive, making for ideal trout environment. Huge, rounded boulders are scattered along this section, adding to the challenge of hiking the irregular and partially wet tread of the trail Lovingly built by volunteers in June of last year, the Plover River Segment follows the river from which it along the river. takes its name along newly minted tread. Rightly called The hike takes about an hour to complete and provides enough a gem, the segment is our featured hike for this year’s diversity and steep climbs that when the hiker reaches the other end Annual Conference. Photo by Eric Sherman, IATA there is a tendency to look back and reflect with a mild “wow”. This Information Systems Coordinator. segment is a true Wisconsin treasure.

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A Mobile Skills Crew project scheduled for June 22-26 of this year will complete the segment to the north from the troad to State Highway 52, adding about another 0.8 mile of trail. A partially cleared corridor now exists.

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2011Annual Conference & Membership Meeting


Name(s) _________________________________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip_____________________________________________________________________________ Phone _________________________________________ Email _ ___________________________________ Emergency Contact______________________________ Emergency Phone Number_____________________



Number of People __________ x $25.00 per person


Hotel arrangements should be made separately by calling the numbers listed by March 7th: The Plaza Hotel and Suites ($62) 800-754-9728 • Super 8 Hotel ($64) 715-848-2888 • Stoney Creek Inn ($70) 800-659-2220

Please indicate the number of people staying each night YMCA Camp Sturtevant, 2701 Northwestern Avenue, Wausau, WI $15 per person per night for:

$15 per person per night for:

Wednesday night dorm lodging ________

Wednesday night camping ________

Thursday night dorm lodging ________

Thursday night camping ________

Friday night dorm lodging ________

Friday night camping ________

Saturday night dorm lodging ________

Saturday night camping ________


LODGING TOTAL ____________

Please indicate the quantity of the following meals you would like to order. Meals will be buffet style. $9.00 per meal for:

$16.00 per meal for:

Thursday breakfast ____

Thursday dinner ____

Thursday lunch ____

Friday dinner ____

Friday breakfast ____ Friday lunch ____

$19.00 per meal for Saturday dinner - indicate entree choice

Saturday breakfast ____

Beef Roulades w/Bacon ____

Saturday lunch _____

Stuffed Pork Loin ____

Sunday breakfast _____

Pecan-Crusted Salmon ____

Sunday lunch _____

Stuffed Red Peppers (vegetarian) ____


$ ___________


$ ___________


$ ___________


$ ___________

MEAL TOTAL ____________

Send this form, with check made payable to IATA, to:

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Inc. 2110 Main Street Cross Plains, WI 53528

Registration Materials Due by March 25th, 2011


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Official Notice — 2011 Annual Membership Meeting This provides Ice Age Trail Alliance, Inc. members with official notice of the IATA’s Annual Membership Meeting, Saturday, April 9th, 2011, 12:30 PM at Sundance Chalet at Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau. The meeting takes place during the IATA’s Annual Membership Conference. More information about the conference is available on pages 12-15 and at You are welcome to attend the Annual Membership Meeting without attending other parts of the conference.

Please read on for a summary of items to be covered during the meeting.

ITEM I: VOTE — BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS In January, all IATA members were sent a list of Board of Directors candidates recommended by the IATA’s Leadership Development and Executive committees. Members did not submit any additional nominees by petition. Therefore, the final list of candidates is the same as that included in the January mailing: Gary Klatt (Whitewater, WI; Region 1; new director-nominee) Dave Phillips (Madison, WI; Region 2; new director-nominee) Don Erickson (Birchwood, WI; Region 3; current director recommended for reelection) Roy Gromme (Oconomowoc, WI; Region 1; current director recommended for reelection) John Helling (Orono, MN; At large; current director recommended for reelection)

ITEM II: VOTE/BYLAWS AMENDMENTS The proposed new/revised article is: Section 2. Number. The number of voting directors comprising the Board of Directors shall be fifteen (15).  No more than seven (7) directors nor less than three (3) directors shall reside in, or be affiliated with, each of the three geographic regions as designated on the map of the State of Wisconsin attached to these Bylaws as Exhibit A.  At least five (5) of the voting directors shall be current or previous officers of a chapter. The current version of Article III, Section 2 of the Alliance‘s Bylaws imposes three separate requirements regarding composition of the board of directors: diverse representation from each of the three geographic regions described in the Bylaws; at-large representation; and representation by persons who are current or former chapter officers. These sometimes overlapping requirements have greatly complicated the task of the Leadership Development Committee in selecting new directors for the board. Because the present provision is cumbersome and makes the process of choosing new board members more difficult, the Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee has proposed amending Article III, Section 2 of the Bylaws to significantly simplify the rules for selecting directors by eliminating the requirement of having at-large directors. The proposed bylaw amendment would preserve the existing requirements for (1) diverse geographic representation on the board (at least three but not more than seven directors residing in or affiliated with any given geographic region), as well as for (2) representation by at least five directors who have served (or are serving) as a chapter officer. Your board of directors approved the proposed amendment at its meeting on January 22, 2011 and has directed that it be submitted for consideration and adoption at the 2011 annual meeting of members.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Inc. Proxy I hereby appoint Valerie Bailey-Rihn or David L. Kinnamon as my proxy (with full power of substitution) to attend the IATA’s Annual Membership Meeting to be held April 9th, 2011 and any adjournment thereof and to vote on my behalf on all matters that may properly come up for membership approval during the meeting. Dated:_______________________________, 2011 Signature:__________________________________________________________________________________________ Printed name:_______________________________________________________________________________________ To ensure that your vote is counted, proxies should be returned by Friday, April 1st, to: Ice Age Trail Alliance, Inc. 2110 Main Street Cross Plains, WI 53528 MAMMOTH TALES | Spring 2011 |


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Together with our partners, the Ice Age Trail Alliance completed a flurry of large and major acquisitions in 2010—or perhaps we can call it a blizzard, because those acquisitions protected approximately 430 acres of land and more than five miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Take a moment to celebrate the following accomplishments…

#1: Longtime Ice Age Trail Friend Helps Protect Trail…and Forest

It is likely that anyone who has hiked the Ice Age Trail through eastern Taylor County in the last decade has noticed a series of wood-routed interpretive signs. For example, one reads “Clear Cut 2004” so the hiker can see how the land and trees have responded over time. Another reads “Old Tote Road”, indicating an ancient transportation route from Rib Lake to logging camps in the area. But one sign sticks out more than most: “Rusch Tree Farm, Towering Timbers for Public Pleasure”. This gives an accurate synopsis of the land and the landowners. In 2006 the three-and-a-half-mile Ice Age Trail segment between County Highway C and Harper Lake Drive was closed at the request of a private landowner. The absence of the segment was immediately felt by local and visiting Trail users alike. Reopening this segment became a top priority for the Alliance and its partners. To no one’s surprise, the first people to step up were longtime Ice Age Trail supporters, Bob and Ann Rusch of Rib Lake. In late 2009, Bob and Ann Rusch donated half the value of a 160-acre conservation and Ice Age Trail easement over their property in Taylor County. This generous bargain sale will eventually help permanently protect approximately two miles of Ice Age Trail along with the beautiful forests, wetlands and glacial features that are abundant on this wonderful property. Funds from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program were used to purchase the balance of the Rusch easement.

Robert Rusch stands next to his “Towering Timbers” sign. Rusch is proud of his forest management practices, which he hopes will promote old-growth characteristics. Photo by Kevin Thusius.

A short walk will instantly give you an understanding of the sustainable forestry practices Bob and Ann use as they work with the DNR’s Managed Forest Law program, emphasizing “old-growth characteristics”. Walk a bit further and you will notice hand-pruned pines next to perfectly maintained sugar maples and hemlocks, no doubt a labor of love for the Rusch family. And the astute observer will notice a welldefined ridge with adjacent wetlands—a clear indicator of the terminal moraine, which runs through the property. The Rib Lake Snowshoe and Ski Club maintains miles of other trails in the area, including on the Rusch property. However, when the Ice Age Trail is constructed, it will lie mostly off these wide ski paths and flow lightly on the land as it interprets the natural landscape. The Alliance continues to work with neighboring landowners to connect the Ice Age Trail between County Road C and Harper Lake Drive. The Rusch easement is the root from which the rest of the segment will grow. Look for a future Mammoth Tales article about this acquisition and the family that helped make it happen.


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The segment, which overlays cross-country ski trails, has existed on the property for years through a voluntary agreement between the Club and the Portage County Chapter of the IATA. The IATA recently purchased an easement that will allow permanent public access to the Trail and also permanently preserve the natural qualities of the property. This successful agreement has been over four years in the making. “Good things take a long time to make right,” said Greg Taylor, a member of the IWSC board.


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The Ice Age National Scenic Trail now runs a little more securely for over a mile through eastern Portage County and western Waupaca County. The New Hope-Iola Ski Hill Segment of the Ice Age Trail is now permanently protected by a new agreement between the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the Iola Winter Sports Club (IWSC).

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#2: Iola Winter Sports Club and Ice Age Trail Alliance Strike Agreement


The purchase of this easement was made possible by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. The IATA leveraged a previous easement donation from Frank Groves (see Mammoth Tales, Fall 2009, p. 8) to secure the needed matching funds. The Iola property is just the latest in a long list of land preservation victories brought about by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Not only does this acquisition protect the Trail that’s there now, it also lays the foundation for future Trail nearby. This easement helps us set an anchor point for future acquisitions that we hope will permanently protect the Trail in the area.

#3: Two Acquisitions for the Cross Plains Reserve Decades of work led to the completion in December of a rather complex acquisition of 131 acres of land at the Ice Age National Scenic Trail Interpretive Site in Dane County. After years of negotiations, the Alliance and our partners at the county, state and National Park Service, successfully negotiated the sale of the property. The Alliance ultimately purchased the property from the private developer and almost immediately turned the property over to Dane County. The County was the principal negotiator and, along with the KnowlesNelson Stewardship Program, provided a large portion of funding. The National Park Service (NPS), via the Land and Water Conservation Fund, provided more than $1 million for this project — and for good reason.

The property was purchased for the Ice Age Trail Interpretive Site, which happens to be located within the Cross Plains Unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. This regional landscape is important because it straddles the geologic border between the unglaciated, or Driftless, area and the glaciated area of the state. This particular property contains one of four proglacial lake beds whose meltwaters helped create the Wilkie Gorge, the centerpiece of the Cross Plains Unit. The retreating glacier also left on the property a small piece of the terminal moraine, while the remaining portion of the property has bedrock near the surface that dates back half a million years. continued on page 20

The newest Dane County Ice Age Trail acquisition slumbers under a snowy blanket and a setting sun. One of the notables of this property is that it preserves a large block of open space in the Cross Plains Unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Watch for public planning meetings this summer. IATA file photo.

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This new parcel lies adjacent to a 156-acre property purchased by the NPS in 2002, and very near it are two DNR properties that encompass approximately 340 acres. Purchasing this property will help create a large block of public open space and plans currently underway call for an eventual visitor center to be established, along with the Ice Age Trail and other passive recreational uses. These facilities will be developed to educate the public about continental glaciation, climate change and the Ice Age Trail and other long distance trails. The planning by the NPS and DNR continues for these properties; additional public meetings will be held this summer. NPS and DNR expect to have an approved plan by the end of this year with the understanding that it will many years and perhaps decades for these plans to be fully realized. Though the pace on this acquisition may have been glacial, and at times full of rocky debris, perseverance and persistence paid off in the end. Full credit must be given to Dane County for their vision and herculean efforts in this process. A mere one mile to the west is another property recently purchased for the Ice Age Trail. The 81-acre former-Zander property is adjacent to existing state-owned lands that are part of the Cross Plains Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. The property contains steep wooded slopes with approximately 200 feet of vertical relief where wetlands transition to grasslands that give way to oak forest. This property will eventually provide the Ice Age Trail a connection from the Cross Plains Reserve to Stagecoach Road on its way to the Village of Cross Plains.

#4: City of St. Croix Falls

The state has recently purchased a 13-acre parcel from a private landowner in the City of St. Croix Falls. Just east of the fairgrounds, at the edge of the city, a very nicely wooded ridge provides an ideal canvas for the Ice Age Trail to make a permanent off-road connection from Riegel Park on the south to Oregon Street on the north. Once constructed, this short section of Trail will provide users with a relatively remote experience while only minutes from downtown St. Croix Falls.


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Gibraltar Segment, Columbia County October 14 – 17, 2010 TIM MALZHAN, DIRECTOR OF FIELD OPERATIONS

Following the 2007 passing of land owner and longtime steward Dr. Maurice Murphy, the bedrock bluffs, savannas and prairies overlooking Lake Wisconsin from the Town of West Point waited quietly to learn their fate; would humankind sprawl homes and roads across their flanks, or would they receive the care and attention they’d witnessed occurring on adjacent IATA-owned lands? Fate smiled. Following two separate transactions by DNR to acquire 79 acres from the Murphy family estate in 2008, the Ice Age Trail connection from the Merrimac Ferry to one of Wisconsin’s more dramatic geologic treasures — Gibraltar Rock — took an Olympic leap forward. The 2010 Mobile Skills Crew season finale capped a bruising six-month run of spectacular projects statewide. 186 volunteers contributed more than 3,436 hours hand-crafting sustainable tread, installing trail signage, plumbing the Trail, building an informational kiosk, eradicating invasive species, feeding the troops, and crafting two switchbacks with native rock and red cedar timber retaining walls. The Gibraltar project set the stage for ongoing land management strategies, built one new mile of trail and a 0.4-mile loop trail, maintained an additional mile and a half of existing trail, and created a formal parking area. The project also formally established the first Dispersed Camping Area on IATA-owned lands. Dispersed Camping Areas provide places for long-distance hikers to camp where other convenient camping options do not currently exist. In retrospect, one can only marvel at not only the positive outcomes but also the quiet confidence, joy and unhurried attention volunteers brought to this effort. At 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, atop a high overlook with sweeping views of the Baraboo range, the glacial plug at Devils Lake State Park and 25 miles of Ice Age National Scenic Trail ahead, over 100 people, their faces lit by the autumn sun, turned west and raised a champagne toast to each other and to a phenomenal season of trail building. Thank you to the Lodi School District for making showers available. Thank you neighbors Joe & Julie Clark for pre-project help and for providing us with drinking water, overflow parking and additional camping space. Thanks neighbors Dick & Jane Jones for routing trail signs and sharpening chainsaws. Thanks to Marty Melchior and friends for the top-notch tunes Friday night. Thanks to Lodi-area businesses Kwik Trip, Lodi Sausage Co. & Meat Market, Koltes Do-It Center and Stranders Sanitation. Thanks to the many Lodi Valley Chapter members for turning out in spades to help with project support needs, for providing cookies and other baked goods, and for clearing the trail corridor in advance of the event. Thank you to Mark and the UW-Plattville students, the UW Hoofer Outing Club, REthink Wisconsin, AmeriCorps PASS (Partners for After School Success), and REI participants. Thanks to the Lodi Agricultural Fair Commission for loaning picnic tables. Thanks to Randy Lennartz for creating a beautiful sitting bench (and accompanying footrest) and the Bruch

Inspiring views call for a vantage point from which to observe them, and this one, overlooking Lake Wisconsin in Columbia County, is no exception. A blaze post guides hikers to the carefully-placed bench where they can take in this view. Photo by Tim Malzhan.

The Bruch family made a donation for this bench to be placed on the Gibraltar Segment. Built by Waushara County Chapter Coordinator Randy Lennartz, of Wautoma, WI, it takes advantage of the view pictured above. Photo by Tim Malzhan.

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2011 Mobile Skills Crew

Event Schedule

April 27-May 1 Columbia County Trail Layout & Design training. Help lay the groundwork for new trail development at the Gibraltar Rock State Ice Age Trail Area. Limited space — application required.

May 11-15 Washburn County New trail and trail improvement: signage and rock wall construction on the Tuscobia Segment.

June 2-5 Polk County Construct elevated boardwalk, tread; do rock work, signage, and final touch-ups at Straight Lake State Park. Walk the finished Trail without tools, and enjoy National Trails Day festivities.

June 2-5 Waushara County Celebrate National Trails Day by helping to complete tread, trail plumbing and trail signage to showcase a large glacial kettle in the Greenwood State Wildlife Area.

June 22-26 Marathon County Pick up where we left off in 2010 and extend the Trail in the Plover State Fishery Area about 3/4 mile north to Hwy 52, and, just maybe, beyond.

June 22-26 Marathon County Ice Age Trail University (IAT-U) Trainings. Continued learning opportunities available in Crew Leadership and Skills, Chainsaw Safety, First Aid/ CPR, and Care & Feeding of Volunteer Crews.

July 14-17 Lincoln County Help with trail improvement on the Grandfather Falls Segment along the Wisconsin River. Tread, boardwalk and plumbing upgrades. Trail maintenance opportunities may be available off-site.

August 18-21 Taylor County Build a bridge and boardwalk on the Rib Lake Segment to help protect the Ice Age Trail. Trail maintenance opportunities may be available off-site.

Sept 15-18 Rock County Come and do rock work on the Devil’s Staircase section, and, fingers crossed, new trail construction.

Oct 13-16 Dane County The Trail here will interpret a landscape glaciated before the last ice age. Clear invasives, craft tread and create a road-to-road connection in the Montrose State Ice Age Trail Area. Please visit mobile-skills-crew-calendar for more details and preregistration.


Looking westward over Lake Wisconsin and the weekend’s freshly built trail tread, the Bruch family sits alongside the volunteers who made it happen. Photo by IATA Administrative Assistant Jo Ellarson. Family for a generous in-honor-of gift. Thanks to our partners with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service for planning and financial assistance. Thanks to Ice Age Trail Thousand Milers Luke Kloberdanz and Dave Caliebe for crawling through dense prickly ash, snow drifts and sawdust, clinometers in hand, to help with trail layout and design and much more. Thanks to the Town of Lodi for providing the Okee School House for food storage and kitchen needs. Thank you Town of West Point for being a strong advocate for the trail, for helping to facilitate the Murphy property acquisition and for winter plowing services. Lastly, thank you to Crew Leaders and Project Team members. Without you, events such as this would be figments of a sore-footed dreamer’s imagination. The curtain had no sooner dropped then the curious crowds arrived; fresh footsteps traced the path and cars filled the parking lot daily throughout the fall. When winter blanketed the freshly minted tread there was no more than modest let-up in foot traffic. A neighbor to the property, who tragically died the day before his letter to the editor appeared in a local newspaper, the Lodi Enterprise, wrote as follows: “Finally, my thoughts are that the nearly 200 folks who showed up to design and build this trail last fall have given our area a beautiful gift. The Trail itself is comparable in its quality of construction to any other major trail system, such as the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail. The fact that this trail goes through Lodi’s back door is a major boon to the community. I wish the Ice Age Trail planners and my fellow neighbors much success, openness and cooperation as this wonderful asset is eventually completed through our scenic area. Thank you all!” The Gibraltar Segment is about seven miles north of Lodi. Access the route from Slack Road, off County Highway V, or from the Merrimac Ferry Wayside, off State Highway 113. Formerly named the Colsac Segment, the route is currently about 2.5 miles long one way. The Ice Age Trail does not incorporate Gibraltar Rock itself at this time; however, the “Rock” is accessible to public use.

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chapter October, November and December 2010


Year-round, volunteers from the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s 21 chapters work hard to develop new Ice Age Trail segments, maintain existing ones, organize fun and informative group events and promote the Ice Age Trail in their local communities. Below are some highlights of recent chapter activities over the past few months. We encourage you to get involved and help create some highlights of your own! A listing of upcoming events starts on p. 26, and you can get more info about your chapter by contacting the coordinator listed on p. 28. The Chippewa Moraine Chapter’s 4 annual Parade of Colors Fall Hike was well attended by enthusiastic hikers that included a group of international scholars predominantly from China. An almost perfect year for Trail Improvement Day weather was marred in November by inclement weather that prevented an extra attempt to remove wind-thrown trees before the season ended. Chapter members have requested creation of a list-serve that members could subscribe to and post or receive notice from each other of impromptu hikes on the Ice Age Trail in or near Chippewa County. The group, called Chippewa Mammoth Trackers, is live on Yahoo Groups, and a link is on the Chapter web site, www. On October 23rd, Northwoods Chapter 6 members Tom and Annette Goltz took on the challenge of leading a group of Webelo Scouts from Pack 548 from Tomahawk on a hike in the Underdown. The cub scouts were able to meet the requirements for a Merit Badge. Requirements for the badge included identifying different trees, plants, birds, rocks and geological features. They had a rainy day, but leaders, cub scouts and parents truly enjoyed the day. On a different note, chapter member Bruce Jaecks would like to let readers know how important his First Aid training turned out to be. He came upon an injured logger while muzzle-loader hunting in December in the Harrison Hills in Lincoln County. Thanks to the training, which Bruce took last year through the Ice Age Trail Alliance, he was able to stay composed to help the logger and ultimately saved his life. With the approach of winter, there was a flourish of maintenance activity in the Langlade County Chapter 7 . Many chapter volunteers headed into the colorful woods to put a final touch on things. Lee Auner and Stanley Koss took on the Lumbercamp segment besides Lee’s own beloved share of the Parrish Hills Segment. Dave Tlusty joined host landowner Tim Rusch in re-marking a portion of the Highland Lakes segment after logging, while Kurt Nierode checked out a situation on his end of Parrish Hills. Dave Tlusty and Lee Auner then joined Kurt along with Don Mollet in clearing a massive windfall obstructing the Parrish Hills segment. Hikers had reported the windfall, and the chapter appreciates that input. The October hike attracted the largest number of participants of the four outings held this year. The post-hike dinner at Joe McKenna’s was appreciated by all able to attend the event after a great day on the trail. Peg Jopek had her benefit Ice Age Trail luncheon with several friends in attendance to enjoy a fine meal and respond accordingly. John Barker performed his usual litter patrol on the October hike. He also attended the regional chapter meeting in Medford and scouted the “Clearwater Hole” with the coordinator and geologist Dave Mickelson. Chapter members also assisted staff members Tiffany Stram and Randy Myren in the county on trail business. The corridor planning committee met to refine the Trailway Protection Strategy. Finally, continued on page 24

A proud den of merit-badge-earning Cub Scouts from Tomahawk, WI successfully completed an Ice Age Trail hike on the Underdown Segment with Tom and Annette Goltz on a rainy day in October. Photo by Annette Goltz of Wausau, WI.

The Langlade County Chapter’s largest hiking group of the year set out on October 2nd to hike the Old Railroad Segment. Participants of all ages enjoyed the hike and the dinner afterwards. Photo by Langlade County Chapter Coordinator Joe Jopek of Antigo, WI.

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the chapter’s trail conditions leaflet was revised to reflect the efforts of all over the past year.

These energetic Coloma Elementary School students show their enthusiasm for the Ice Age Trail on the Bohn Lake Segment in Waushara County. Photo courtesy of the Waushara County Chapter.

On October 1st, the Portage County Chapter 9 had our annual hike; it was located on two DNR properties — Hartman Creek State Park and Emmons Creek Fisheries property. It was successful with 143 registered hikers. We attended an informative regional meeting in Medford November 12th; had an Executive Board meeting November 17th; and on December 7th Wendell Krogwold, Marty Wacker, Bob Freckmann, Brad Crary and Tim Malzhan scouted 3 properties north of New Hope Pines for new IAT. We thank Alan Haney for obtaining permission from two landowners and Wendell Krogwold for the third landowners for our group to be able to check options for potential IAT. Annual awards were discussed and picked at our Executive Board meeting. We are also updating our Speaker bureau list, and we completed an inventory of educational displays and presentations our chapter has accumulated. Door prize winners from the special events in our area were mailed a gift from our chapter. Our chapter has a group of maintenance volunteers we wish to recognize this quarter: Karsten Crouse & Virginia Freire, Tom Leslie; Mark Balhorn & Julie Schneider; Ron Harris & Travis Hughes; Bob Jack; John Vollrath; and Joseph & Lil Paul. Dan & Pat Kohler, George Guyant; Bob & Mark Ellingson; Gary Weier & Tammy Hunter and Ben Schultz; Howard Harrington & Tim Kolbeck & Sharon Fox; Paul Klein; and Phil Johnsrud. On October 22nd, students and teachers from Coloma Elementary School took an adventurous field trip out to the Bohn Lake Segment to spend the day hiking the Ice Age Trail with the Waushara County Chapter 11 . There were 110 enthusiastic students ranging from kindergarten to 6th grade plus their teachers. The kids had the opportunity to hike and learn about a variety of topics like the area’s glacial and Native American history. It was a great way to promote healthy living, exercise and education all at once. The Lodi Valley Chapter 15 hosted a spectacular MSC trail-building event on the Gibraltar Segment near Lodi in October (see Trail Building Highlights, p. 21). All told, 184 volunteers contributed more than 3,300 hours to creating sustainable tread, installing trail signage, eradicating invasive species, and providing great food and hospitality. The trail is a gem and is getting a lot of use, partly in response to some attention by Madison media. The hiker on this trail is treated to a mix of hardwoods, pines, and open prairie. A hand-crafted bench donated by friends of the trail provides a lovely spot to enjoy the view out over Lake Wisconsin. Thank you to all the volunteers and local partners who contributed to this new addition to the Ice Age Trail. We invite you to come out and enjoy it soon — It’s a great trail for all seasons!

Volunteers in Columbia County have a little fun at the end of the day by passing pick mattocks, loppers, helmets, rock bars and all manner of other trail building tools to the truck waiting at the bottom of the hill. The Lodi Valley Chapter played a vital role in this trail construction project on the Gibraltar Segment in October. Photo by Lodi Valley Chapter Coordinator Patti Herman of Lodi, WI.


Two of the most important activities of the Dane County Chapter 16 did not get on the calendar until the last minute, but both drew new participants in ideal conditions. The biggest upcoming Dane trail project is the extension north from Brooklyn SWA to the Montrose section at Piller Road northeast of Belleville, scheduled to start in October 2011. Last fall we set about learning the land we’ll cross and planning the route to traverse it. A good trail requires the knowledge of both, and anyone who doesn’t know much about planning the route can help by learning the land — and have a great cross-country adventure along the way. On a golden November 5th afternoon and in the sunny, brilliant light following the first snowfall of the season in early December, our trail planners, led by Andrew

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Bent, trekked across an upland “island” with steep, wooded slopes and native prairie and savanna remnants. Several high points afforded excellent long views of the Sugar River valley and surrounding countryside. About halfway along the way we descended to “ford” a farm field on a 50-foot wide DNR connecting strip, then climbed up again. Thanks to another seeding on November 6, we have nearly finished planting the old Liebetrau farm, on high ground between Table Bluff and Indian Lake, into prairie. Someday this restored landscape, with its view of Blue Mounds in the southwest distance, will be on trail connecting those special sites. In late October, volunteers led by Dave Lonsdorf braved clouds and rain to build our second boardwalk of the year. The new 250-foot bridge spans a wet swale at the Brooklyn SWA about 1000 feet south of the trail crossing of County Highway D. We began our Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter 18 Calendar Planning Meeting in November with a hike at Natureland County Park. That amply built our appetites for the delicious potluck lunch that followed. The planning for 2011 Chapter events went smoothly, and promises another year of hikes, more adventures like camping and kayaking, and of course more potlucks. After putting the mowers to bed and winding down trail maintenance projects, the Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter 19 took some time for socializing, learning and sharing experiences. Frank Evans (Glendale) and Russ Evans (Genesee) led our final yearly hike along the Menomonee River on November 20th. The group was treated to the discovery of two exceptionally imposing trees that they estimated to be 22 to 23 feet in circumference. Julia Tyler, A Macalester College grad, shared an inspiring presentation of her 1,000-mile summer trek on the Appalachian Trail at our October meeting. In November, Larry Kascht, lead naturalist at Retzer Nature Center, impressed upon us the importance, complexity and diversity of prairie communities. Thanks to the help and contributions of many of our chapter members, the November 7th Regional Meeting in Hartland was a success. A large group of interested volunteers participated. Tim Malzhan, IATA Director of Field Operations, led discussions, answered questions and explained the necessity for proper planning and implementation of trail projects. Afterwards, Russ Evans led a group on a hike through the Hartland Marsh Loop Trail. Our members gathered for fun, food and camaraderie at both our Halloween Campout/Cookout at Lapham Peak State Park on October 30th and the Holiday Party at J. Mesching and K. Jensen’s home on December 17th. Each event brought together a great mix of new and old IATA volunteers. We hope to see many of them at projects and on the Trail in 2011.

The Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter played host to an Appalachian Trail thousand miler, Julia Tyler, at the chapter’s October meeting. Julia came away with an Ice Age Trail Atlas and a smile. Photo by Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter member Kevin Kuhlmann of West Allis, WI.

The Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter 20 finished off trail work for 2010 by completing our reroute on the Holy Hill segment. Rock walls and steps were added to this interesting new section of re-routed trail. We made multiple trips to scout new and re-routed trail in a number of locations, including a large project along the Milwaukee River currently in the planning stages. 2011 will include a number of trailbuilding projects. In November we wrapped up our guided hiking season with a nice stroll through Pike Lake State Park. Early January brought entertainment to our group with a presentation on the Mid-Kettle Moraine project by Paul Hayes at our Annual Meeting.

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March, April and May 2011

Below is a sampling of Ice Age Trail events throughout the state. Some events may not be listed due to publication deadlines. For the most up-to-date listings and more info on any of the events listed below, please visit Unless otherwise noted, the contact person for each event is the chapter coordinator. Turn to p. 28 for chapter coordinator contact info corresponding with each locator (e.g. 18 ).

Statewide Events

Thu, Apr 7–Sun, Apr 10 IATA Annual Conference & Membership Meeting. See p. 12 for details. Wed, Apr 27–Sunday, May 1 Mobile Skills Crew training event, Gibraltar Rock State Ice Age Trail Area, Columbia County, central Wisconsin. This space-limited event will train participants for trail layout and design. Visit http://mobileskills. for details, application and pre-registration. Wed, May 11–Sun, May 15 Mobile Skills Crew trailbuilding event, Washburn County, northwestern Wisconsin. Help create about 2.5 miles of new trail, along with signage and rock wall construction. Visit http://mobileskills.iceagetrail. org/mobile-skills-crew-calendar for details and preregistration.

Regional Events

Fri, Apr 15–Sun, Apr 17 Outdoor Adventure Expo. Volunteers from the Indianhead, Superior Lobe, Blue Hills, and Chippewa Moraine Chapters answer questions and spread the joy of exploring the Ice Age Trail at the annual Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo at Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis. Contact the coordinator of your chapter to volunteer, or, if you’re coming from another chapter, contact Dean Dversdall, Indianhead Chapter coordinator.

Superior Lobe Chapter Meetings

Mon, Mar 7, Apr 4 and May 2, 6:30pm Join your fellow Ice Age Trail enthusiasts and discover what’s new on the Trail in Barron and Washburn counties during the Superior Lobe Chapter’s monthly meetings. IATA members and nonmembers alike are welcome to come check us out. We gather in Room 159 of Meggars Hall on the UW-Barron County campus. 4


Mon, Mar 21, 6pm Chapter Meeting and Program. Our bimonthly chapter meeting offers a chance to sit back and enjoy a presentation that is always of interest to Ice Age Trail enthusiasts. The meeting is at the Chippewa Falls Public Library, with the program following. Mon, May 16, 6pm Chapter Meeting. Join other Chippewa area trail enthusiasts in meeting to plan trail projects for the season. Meet at the Chippewa Falls Public Library.


Sun, Apr 3, 1pm Sunday Hike. Our series of popular hikes on the first Sunday afternoon of April, May, August, and September kicks off at the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center. Sun, May 1, 1pm Sunday Hike. It’s a great time to enjoy the trail, and the company of friends


Trail Improvement Days

Sat, Apr 16, 9:30am Trail Improvement Day. Get your hands on the tools and the branches off the trail at this first improvement day of the season. Meet at the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center. Please call the chapter coordinator or email to confirm your planned attendance. Sat, May 21, 9:30am Trail Improvement Day. Ongoing maintenance of the trail can vary with the need, which makes it even more interesting. Meet at the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center. Please call or email to confirm your planned attendance. Come and work as long as you can!

Northwoods Chapter


Sat, May 7, 10am Wildflower Hike. We will be hiking on the Camp 27 Segment in western Lincoln County. A carpool is available from the west side of Merrill at 9:30; otherwise, take 64 west of Merrill to Highway E. Follow E to Conservation Avenue, then follow event signs. Bring a lunch and a drink. Contact the chapter coordinator for details.

Langlade County Chapter


Sat, Apr 23, 9am Early spring hike. A portion of the Ice Age Trail in Langlade County will be hiked. Wear suitable clothes and bring a lunch. Meet in front of the Forestry Office on Langlade County Fairgrounds, Antigo. Contact the chapter coordinator for details.

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Sat, May 21, 10am Woodland Wildflower Hike at Skunk and Foster Lakes. Come and hike the two-and-a-half-mile trail at Skunk and Foster Lakes and search out spring’s woodland wildflowers before the forest canopy shades them out! Directions: From Stevens Point, take Highway 10 East about 18 miles; turn north on Foley Drive, and drive 2 miles to the parking lot on the west side of the road. Contact Jill Quinn, 715-630-0063, for details.

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Tue, Mar 15, 7pm Annual Marquette Chapter Meeting. Join your fellow Ice Age Trail enthusiasts to learn all about what’s in store for the chapter in 2011 and how you can get involved. Meet at the Wollenburg house, N2540 Grouse Road. Contact the chapter coordinator for details.

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Apr 22, 6pm John Muir’s Birthday Party. Join us for a fun, family-friendly event to celebrate the “Father of Our National Parks”. Meet at John Muir Park on Hwy F and travel together to hike Observatory Hill, a favorite haunt of Muir. We will celebrate back at the park with birthday cake after the hike.

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Thu, Mar 17, Thu, Apr 21 and Thu, May 19, 7pm Come on out and meet your fellow Lodi-area Ice Age Trail enthusiasts at our monthly chapter meetings. We meet the third Thursday of each month in the community room at the Lodi Medical Clinic, 160 Valley Drive (right across from the high school and middle school).

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makes it even better. Meet at the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center.


Guided Hikes

Spring is a prime hiking season for the Dane County Chapter, which has three daylight tours in addition to its monthly moonlight walks led by Theresa W (, 608-438-1857). Sat, Apr 16, 9am Learn how the melting glacier created the Black Earth Creek valley on Gary Werner’s (, 608-249-2421) joint tour (with Madison Audubon) of Shoveler Sink, Wilke Gorge and lands newly acquired for the Cross Plains Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Sun, May 8, 9am The season is right for viewing wildflowers and migratory birds at Brooklyn SWA. Contact Nancy Dorl (njdorl@wisc. edu, 608-424-6774). Sun, May 15, 9am “Butts in Bloom” is the billing for Linda Uttech’s (, 608527-4948) tour of one of her favorite places, the prairie remnant she is helping to preserve and restore not far from the end of Butts Road northeast of Belleville.

Trail Construction

Sun, May 1, 9am We hope to finish the new trail we started building last year to take us off farm road near the south end of the very popular Table Bluff Segment. Contact Andrew Bent (, 608-333-9896).

Other Events

The chapter has scheduled six trail tread and corridor maintenance workdays in March, April and May, and usually has one or two activities scheduled every week. Check http://dane. for details. During these months and weather permitting, the chapter conducts or participates in prescribed burns scheduled on relatively short notice by e-mail to volunteers who have passed at least basic wildland fire training (S130, S190, and L180). Qualified individuals interested in assisting should contact Gary Werner (, 608-2492421).

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Mon, Mar 28, Apr 25 and May 23, 6:30pm Join in the fun and learn what the Rock County Chapter is up to at our monthly chapter meeting. Everyone is welcome. We meet the fourth Monday of each month at the United Way Building, 205 N. Main St. in Janesville.

Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter 18 Meetings

Tue, Mar 15, Apr 19 and May 17, 7pm Monthly Chapter Meetings. Join us to learn what’s new on the Ice Age Trail in the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter’s territory. Meet at US Bank in Elkhorn.


Every Tue, 4pm, and Wed, 10:30am Meet for weekly walks at the Hwy 12 Ice Age National Trail crossing one quarter mile east of the Hwy 12/ Sweno Rd. intersection 4 miles east of Whitewater. Hike trails in the beautiful Southern Kettle Moraine area. Contact Russ Helwig (262-473-2187) for details. Sun, Mar 20, 1pm Spring Flower Hike with Russ. We hope to see some early spring flowers as we hike a loop from the Emma Carlin Trails parking lot on Hwy Z a little east of Palmyra. Russ Helwig, 262-473-2187, will lead us past Stute Springs, the Big Hill at McMiller, the overlook at shelter #2, and KMSF-SU headquarters.


Sat, Apr 2, noon Trail Adopters Meeting & Potluck. Our trail adopters will meet at the Nordic Trails Shelter building on Hwy H about two miles north of Hwy 12. The potluck lunch will be followed by a session devoted to sharing ideas on best tools, updates on mower and trimmer use, fine tuning the reporting process, and more. Gary Patzke, 262-763-6275, is the contact. Sat, Apr 23, 10:30am Learn about gear and techniques to make bringing your 0- to 4-year-olds along hiking. Rita Fox has brought her grandson along on many of Russ’s hikes in all weather and will share what she has learned. Join Rita at the Nordic Trails Shelter on Hwy H about two miles north of La Grange (Hwy 12). A short hike and lunch at the La Grange Store Deli will follow. Meg McCormick, 262-642-3956 is the contact.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter 19 Meetings

Thu, Mar 17, 6pm Potluck dinner. 7pm Annual meeting and election of officers. Meet at the Homestead Hollow/Trecker Lodge at Lapham Peak State Park off of Hwy C and south of I-94 in Delafield. Contact Kris at or 262-966-9788 for more info. Thu, Apr 21 and May 19, 7pm Monthly meetings. We will be meeting at Lapham Peak State Park just south of Delafield on Hwy C, in the

Homestead Hollow/Trecker Lodge. Our agenda always allows the opportunity for discussion of news and concerns beyond scheduled topics. These meetings are a great way to connect with your fellow Ice Age Trail enthusiasts.


Sat, Mar 26, 9:30am We invite you to walk the Stony Ridge segment with us. It includes pine plantations and prairie segments, and we may see patches of native prickly pear. Meet at the intersection of County S and Hwy 59, 1.6 miles west of Eagle. We will pass the forest headquarters and see a backpack campsite with a great view. We will finish at County Z for a distance of 3.2 miles. Free return shuttles provided. For more information contact Frank at 414-351-9129 or Russ at 262-968-4489. Sat, Apr 2; Sun, Apr 17; Sat, May 14 and Sun, May 22, 9am Short or long hikes. We’ll decide when we get there. Led by Russ Evans (262-968-4489). April 2nd, meet at the Funk Rd. parking lot east of Hwy E in the Town of Merton. April 17th, meet at the Centennial Park lot south of Hwy K and east of Hwy E. May 14th, meet at the Evergreen parking lot in Lapham Peak State Park off Hwy C south of I-94. May 22nd, meet at the Waterville Rd trailhead 1-1/2 miles south of Hwy 18 on Waterville Rd. Sat, Apr 30, 9:30am See both the Oconomowoc and Bark Rivers as we explore the beautiful Monches segment. Meet at the trailhead near the intersection of County Line Road (Cty Q), and Cty K and E. This is in the Monches area and is about 11 miles west of Hwy 41. Two distances are available: 3.1 miles to the Funk Road parking lot and 6.0 to Hartling Road. Free return shuttles will be available. For more information, contact Frank at 414-351-9129 or Russ at 262-968-4489.


Sat, Apr 16 and May 21 Workdays. Locations to be determined. Watch the website for details. Contact Pat at or 262-490-3515 for more info.


Sat, Mar 12, 9am Segment Leader training and equipment check out. Meet at the storage shed at Lapham Peak State Park south of I-94 and west of Hwy C. Snacks will be provided. Contact Pat at or 262-490-3515 for more info.


Sat, March 19, 10am-3pm Lake Country Community Fest at Arrowhead High School in Hartland. Nearly 100 business and community organizations will be represented. Food, information and other activities will be available. Stop in at the IATA booth.

Washington/Ozaukee Chapter



Kevin Thusius will also attend to discuss the IATA’s new pesticide policy. We will meet at the 1st National Bank of Hartford, Slinger Branch on Washington Street. Before the meeting, at 6pm, Kevin will meet with the segment leaders to discuss handshake agreements with our local landowners. Tue, Apr 5, 7pm Monthly chapter meeting. Our Spring meetings return to the Monastery at Holy Hill. We will be gearing up for the multiple trail projects scheduled for 2011 and planning our National Trails Day event. Tue, May 3, 7pm Monthly chapter meeting at Holy Hill Monastery. Final touches on our National Trails Day plans and the beginning of trail building season will be this month’s meeting topics.


Sat, March 26, 9am West Bend South Hike – an Early Spring Warm Up. Time to put away the snow shovels and head out on the trail to stretch out your hiking legs on this wonderfully hilly section of trail. Hike 4.6 miles one way or 9.2 miles round trip. Meet at the Culver’s parking lot on Hwy 33 in West Bend. Car pool to the IAT parking lot at Paradise Drive then hike back to the restaurant for ice cream. Hike is rated moderate due to hills and distance. Trail may have mud and/ or snow so plan accordingly. Sat, Apr 16, 9am Holy Hill South Hike. Enjoy a spring hike on this popular segment while spending time on trail that underwent a significant rehab project in 2010. Come see how things turned out. Hike 3.4 miles one way including a short stretch of new trail. Other spur trail options of various distances available lead to additional scenic views of Holy Hill. Meet at the DNR’s Shannon Road parking lot, 1/2 mile east of Hwy K. Car pool to Donegal Road and hike back to the parking area. We’ll definitely take the spur trail to the Erratic Hill viewpoint for views of a huge erratic and Hartford. Hike is rated moderate due to several hills. No State Park sticker is required. Sun, May 15, 7:30pm Loew Lake Moonlight Hike. This hike offers both dense, dark woods and open, moonlit fields. A great mix back and forth of both experiences as we hike along through the gathering darkness. Hike 4.4 miles on the Loew Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail. Meet at the DNR’s Emerald Drive parking lot in the Loew Lake unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Car pool to Hwy Q & K in Monches and then hike back to the Emerald Drive parking lot. Hike is rated moderate due to hills and distance. Hike also contains two short road walks on Emerald Drive, a state Rustic Road. No State Park sticker is required. Bring along a flashlight as the woods get dark when the sun goes down and the moon comes up.


Tue, Mar 1 7pm Monthly chapter meeting. Lee Krueger will be our guest speaker to discuss invasive species removal in our county. Come learn how to identify and properly remove these nasty invaders. IATA Director of Land Conservation MAMMOTH TALES | Spring 2011 |


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contact information

Have a question about an upcoming chapter event or the latest Ice Age Trail conditions in a specific part of the state? Our dedicated volunteer chapter coordinators have the answers. For more information on the Ice Age Trail in areas where there are no active chapters (Green, Adams and Juneau counties), please contact the IATA at (800) 227-0046 or 4 Chippewa Moraine Chapter 10 Waupaca Co. Chapter

Richard Smith (715) 967-2164 Taylor Co.

Buzz Meyer (715) 748-5627 Lincoln Co.

Polk & Burnett Cos.

Herb Schotz (715) 536-9392

Dean Dversdall (715) 472-2248 2 Superior Lobe Chapter

Barron & Washburn Cos.

Dale Crisler and Tim McRaith (D) (715) 859-6142 (T) (715) 651-5217 (D) (T) 3 Blue Hills Chapter

Rusk Co.

Jim Kurz (715) 532-7246


17 Rock Co. Chapter

12 Marquette Co. Chapter

18 Walworth/Jefferson Co. Chapter

13 Heritage Trail Chapter

19 Waukesha/Milwaukee Co.

Karen Wollenburg (608) 429-4169

6 Northwoods Chapter

Northern Columbia Co.

Gary Fredrick (608) 742-7837

7 Langlade Co. Chapter

Joe Jopek (715) 623-2645

14 Baraboo Hills Chapter

Sauk Co.

Pat Theis 1602 Lori Court Sauk City, WI 53583 608-220-1159

8 Marathon Co. Chapter

Dick Pernsteiner (715) 848-3675 Portage Co. Chapter

15 Lodi Valley Chapter

9 Sally Freckmann

Southern Columbia Co.

(715) 344-0686

Barbara Wollmer (608) 217-2082

new members

Dave Lonsdorf (608) 845-6437

11 Waushara Co. Chapter

Randy Lennartz (920) 787-2333

5 High Point Chapter

1 Indianhead Chapter

16 Dane Co. Chapter

Debbie Krogwold (715) 258-6240

Chippewa Co.

Mike Guisleman (608) 884-9272 Carol Prchal (262) 495-8502 Chapter

Frank Evans and Kris Jensen (F) (414) 351-9129 (K) (262) 966-9788 (F) (K) 20 Washington/Ozaukee Co.


Craig Sanford (262) 370-3322 21 Lakeshore Chapter

Sarah Gierke and Cheryl Gorsuch (S) (920) 838-2466 (C) (920) 686-0622 (S) (C)


We are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Ice Age Trail Alliance. We appreciate your support! Colleen Anderson Karen Andro Sally Beinlich Al Bennett Connie Bettin John & Sandy Bonneville Steve & Nancy Books Joseph Brunk Ann Buedel Harold E. Burt Sherren Clark Sarah Congdon John Connell James Courchane John & Patti Dibb Doris & Richard Dubielzig Matthew Duma Frederic & Lois Duperrault


Denise R. Edenhofer Chris Einwalter Sue Fafard Reggie Foss Teresa Fulton John & Carolyn Geason Yuri Grabowski Barbara Johnson & Ann Green Eric Johnson Alma Jurgensen Kevin Kennedy Ruth A. Kilness Charles Kime Alanna Koshollek Kevin Kuhlmann Lee Larson Alan & Diana Lawrence Frank Luther

Robert Malhiot Justin Marthaler Ron Martin Randy & Janice McGrath Nissa McWilliams Christine Miller Greg & Kellly Neusen David & Mary Paulson Jerri Pelkey Connie Peterson Brian Reimink Jocelyn Riley Terry Rindt Dave & Jody Rymaszewski Karen Salzwedel Aaron Savka Scenic Bluffs, LLC, Madison Truman D. & Barbara L. Schultz

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Bill & Janice Seybold Brendan Shay Nancy A. Shook Jerome Simmons Randy & Ellen Stoesz Richard Talcott Bill & Linda Taylor Michelle Verant Mark Walker Karen Walrafen Michael A. Weiser Bruce Weiss Cindy & Don Zimmerman


Donations to the IATA Were Made in Memory of: Irene Cline by John & Sharon Bloodgood Mary Lonien Joel Collura by Wisconsin Go Hiking Club Shirley Groves by Frank Groves Robert Klinner by Kandee Rosburg & Kathleen Klinner Doc Murphy by Katie Murphy Larson Norman Rone by Mike Siker Lynne Rudolph (10/17/61 - 11/23/09) by Barbara Rudolph Donations to the IATA Were Made in Honor of: 12:34, 05/06/07 by Kay Drew John & Sharon Bloodgood by Mary Lonien Sharon Bloodgood’s birthday by Barbara Voigt My daughters, Andrea and Ashley by Margaret Reisenauer Ellen Drought by Tom & Bette Drought Rita Fox by Andrea Wetzel Howard Harrington on his birthday by Dan Behnke Sue & Bill Seyfarth Dan Rambo & Catherine Howley by Matthew Baudhuin IATA Staff by Carol & Robert Broman In support of the IATA Strategic Planning Process by Anonymous Gary Klatt by Craig Cobb Jenny Marietta by Alan Oscarson Tom Pfiffner by Jill Hietpas John & Jen Shank by Robin Sanderson

Kari Sherman and her walks at the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area by Donna & Chet Thomas Lis & John Neil Thompson by Kathy & Ian Lambert Barbara Voigt by Sharon Bloodgood Linda Wolff, beloved spouse by Bill Wucherer

Matching Gifts Were Received from: First Weber Group Foundation, Inc. thanks to Loren Ziglin

The Ice Age Trail Alliance’s  Giving Tree is a work of art adorning the entryway of our main office in Cross Plains. Giving Tree donations help us further our work to create, support, protect and promote the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The Giving Tree itself is a wonderful sight for those visiting our office and inspires those who view it to support the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

Giving Tree Gifts Were Made in Memory of: Margaret Barker by John F. Barker “Cappy” by Susan Carlson Mary E. Donohoe by Michael C. Donohoe Jenni & Kyle Geurkink by Sally Wilmeth & Terry Geurkink Perry Johnson by Deb & Tim Morris

member & donor


Charles “Knick” Knickrehm by William G. Knickrehm Karen Meissen by David & Tracy Erickson Ed Mulrooney by Tess Mulrooney Phil Olive by Sue Munger Barney Viste by Barbara Roberts Jane Woodhouse by Kathy Cronkrite

Martha B. Cruz Ron Erickson & Lisa Doerr Jeff, Shelly & Ben Dohlby Dr. Charles & Joan Dorgan Tom & Patty Dreier Mr. & Mrs. William Eastham David Engleson Carol Fleishauer Judy Fossen John & Carolyn Geason Tom & Jan Gilbert Robert Glejf Sue Whittaker & Tim Grass Giving Tree Gifts Were Jack & Susan Hale Made in Honor of: Linda Hein & Tom Gross Carlton A. Holmes Natalie Beckwith Mr. & Mrs. Nick Huige by Stu & Ann Tisdale Evelyn & Gene Kain Wanda Brown and Volunteers Nancy Kaiser by Saint Croix Regional Medical Sue Knopf Center Debbie Krogwold L.W. Bruch Bruce LaPointe by Doris & Richard Dubielzig Jean Z. Levenhagen Jason Dorgan, who ran the entire Sally L. Lewis Ice Age Trail in 2007 Marilyn Chohaney & David by Tim Yanacheck Lonsdorf Tom & Bette Drought Dolly McNulty by L. William Staudenmaier Buzz Meyer Hedy Michael & Mary Mirkes by Charlotte Voigt Thomas J. & Nancy S. Mohs Herb & Corrine Lundberg Jean & Tom Orbison by Rod Lundberg Irene Osterbrock Dave & Vin Mickelson George & Connie Ott by Susan Simpson Anne M. Riendl Bianca Reitz Fred A. Risser by Don & Jan Erickson Elizabeth Ross Will Sanford Tom & Joanne Schoenecker by Barbara Roberts Pamela Schuler Mike & Barb Wollmer Carole Schultz by Roy & Sue Gromme Carol Scott Tim Yanacheck Ruth Sommers by Jason Dorgan Martha Spalding Additional Giving Tree Judith Z. Stark Jenny Vandiver Gifts Were Made by: Charles & Sue Varco David & Karen Verhulst Charles Adleman Mike & Judy Vogl Joe Aldstadt Ken & Sally Waraczynski Dave Beisser Rusell Welton Family Mr. & Mrs. Ronald A. Bero Pauline Witte Joan & Roger L. Boerner Allen M. Young Lou & Nancy Bruch Bill Colby Chuck & Gloria Crary

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October 14th through December 31st, 2010

Many Thanks to Our Generous Fourth-Quarter Donors In-kind/Pro-bono Action Graphics, Butler Ron Endres Roy & Sue Gromme Wisconsin Pharmacal Company

$250–$499 Anonymous John F. Barker Roger & Joan Boerner Mr. & Mrs. William Eastham David Engleson $15,000 Judy Fossen REI Randy & Carol Franke $5,000–$6,500 The Freeman Family Anonymous (2) Pamela & Gary Gates Sheldon & Marianne Lubar Dennis & Noreen Gilberts Charitable Fund of the Bob Glejf Lubar Family Foundation Kim Zak & Dick Groves Mary Mowbray & Roland Sandra & John Heyer Schroeder Charles & Tammy Hodulik Barbara Voigt Edith & Robert Korn Foundation $2,500–$4,500 Leon & Liz LeVan Anonymous David & Lois Lovejoy Derse Foundation, Inc. Ann MacIver Kettle Moraine 100 Christine Johnson & John Matel Endurance Runs George & Connie Ott David & Karen Kinnamon Dean & Jayne Paynter Will Ross Memorial Joann Peck Foundation David Phillips Henry & Gladys Phillips $1,000–$2,499 Foundation Fund within the Anonymous (2) Community Foundation of Rodney Bartlow North Central Wisconsin John & Sharon Bloodgood Riverland Conservancy Jason Dorgan Barbara Roberts Ellen Drought Richard Schreiner Cora & Dean Dversdall Fawn & John Shillinglaw Daniel Geraghty Sally Wilmeth & Terry Geurkink Patricia J. McKearn & Richard B. Smith Roy & Sue Gromme Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s John Stolzenberg Gary Werner Paul & Philia Hayes Fund Ted Levenhagen & Jean Zillmer William Knickrehm Levenhagen Mary Lonien Marilyn Chohaney & David $100–$249 Lonsdorf Charles Adleman Michael & Lyne Prichard Erwin Albrecht William Stark Jones Foundation Joe Aldstadt Patti Herman & Bill Welch Hugh Anderson Anonymous $500–$999 David Rihn & Valerie BaileyAmerican Transmission Rihn Company Daniel Barker David & Natalie Beckwith Judge & Mrs. Richard Becker Sean Bina Dave Beisser Dr. Charles & Joan Dorgan Victoria Berget Gerald & Signe Emmerich Ronald & Mary Bero Keith Glass Joan & Darren Blankenship Betty Craig & Bob Gurda Robert Bless Kristine Hinrichs Steve & Nancy Books Dolly McNulty Steve & Mary Bradley Kandee Rosburg Frank & Mary Ann Brazelton Elizabeth Ross Kathie & Tom Brock Carole Schultz Karl & Aimee Broman Veverka Family Foundation Anthony Brooks Pauline Witte Frank Brotz, Plastics James Wollmer Engineering Company, Sheboygan Peter & Joan Bruce Professor Ludwig W. Bruch Elizabeth Bush Dave Caliebe


Susan Carlson Dana & Patricia Chabot Charleston/Orwig, Inc., Hartland Michael Pelech & Joyce Cielecki Virginia & James Coburn Theodore Cochrane Bill Colby Coloma Lions Club John Connell Victor & Rebecca Connors Jim Bob Cooley Brian & Karen Copp James Courchane CoVantage Credit Union, Antigo Mark & Barbara CrapsterPregont Chuck & Gloria Crary Kathy Cronkrite Martha B. Cruz W. Davis Dechert Jeff, Shelly & Ben Dohlby Michael Donohoe Tom & Patty Dreier Kathleen Drew Tom & Bette Drought Doris & Richard Dubielzig Frederic & Lois Duperrault Jan & James Eisner David & Tracy Erickson Don & Jan Erickson Lisa Doerr & Ronald Erickson Charles & Anne Ferrell C. & E. Fink Verena Fjermestad Carol Fleishauer David & Barbara Flesch Rita Fox Robert & Sally Freckmann Julie Fries Harold Friestad Jan Froelich John & Carolyn Geason Richard A. Georg Jr. Tom & Jan Gilbert Jean Gohlke Sue Whittaker & Tim Grass Mr. & Mrs. Paul Greeney Ron & Martha Gritt Linda Hein & Tom Gross Frank Groves Ronald Gutschow Jack & Susan Hale Vickie Hanson Andrew Hanson III Harken Inc., Pewaukee Forrest Hartmann Russell Helwig Donald & Kristine Hietpas Tracy Hixon Carlton A. Holmes Michael & Carolyne Hovel Al Knight & Vicki Huffman Nick & Judi Huige Kirk Jacobson Dale Jefchak John Mesching & Kris Jensen Robert & Deborah Jozwowski

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Evelyn & Gene Kain Nancy Kaiser Paul Karch Mohammad Kiarang Rosemary Kilbridge Steph & Mike Kirchner Ben Klam The Klein Boys Ryan & Trisha Knaack Sue Knopf Debbie & Wayne Krogwold Bernard & Karen Kubale James Lacey, MD Bruce LaPointe Lars Erik & Barbara Larson Robert Lazar Sally Lewis Barbara Lozar Janet Luhman James & Susan Lundberg Rod Lundberg Frank Luther Karen Malhiot Tim & Carlyn Malzhan Peter Mamerow Mary & Kenneth Maxwell Katharine McDonnell Henry McHalsky Bob & Carol Mead Dennis Meilicke Dave Menard Lori & Tom Mescher Buzz Meyer Milwaukee Valve Company, Inc. Michael & Mary Mirkes Thomas & Nancy Mohs Mike & Judi Mollerus Tim & Deb Morris Pati Holman & Paul Mozina Tess Mulrooney Susan Munger Dr. Gene & Beatrice A. Musolf Dan & Gillian Nevers Albert & Nancy Niemi Bonnie & Dave Nommensen Michael & Ginger O‘Keefe Jefren Olsen Bart & Char Olson Jean & Tom Orbison Harry Knipp & Mary Ann Ortmayer Irene Osterbrock Sally Martin, Vicki Martin & Bob Perelman Scott & Sherryl Pertzborn Gale Petersen Diane Peterson Diane Phifer Martha Pieper John & Barbara Pippenger Kenneth Pippert Mr. George Purcell Daniel Rambo John & Mary Lou Rashke Brian Reimink Kenneth & Julia Richardson Anne M. Riendl

Michael Riggs Fred A. Risser Barry & Ann Rogers Stephen & Barbara Romberger Dave & Sue Rowe Lisa Ruesch Charles Saeman Saint Croix Regional Medical Center Ruth Saunders Scenic Bluffs, LLC, Madison Dale & Penny Schaber Jim & Marge Schad Lisa Schmatzhagen Judi & Karl Schmid Tom & JoAnne Schoenecker Chris Schoggen Pam Schuler Truman D. & Barbara L. Schultz Carol Scott Jennifer Scott Mary Shumaker Ron & Mary Siepmann Sierra Club - Four Lakes Group Susan Simpson John Singer William Skelton Leonard Sobczak Ruth Sommers Martha Spalding Judith Stark Bill Staudenmaier Lori Steinbach-Pretty Ellen Stephenson Antony Stretton Robert Newbery & Nancy Sugden Sarah Sykes Mr. & Mrs. Ron Theis Ann & Stuart Tisdale Shirley Tollaksen Jennifer Vandiver Charlie & Sue Varco David & Karen Verhulst Michael & Judith Vogl Charlotte Voigt Martin & Karen Voss Stephanie Lundeen & Brook Waalen Carl Wagner Walker House, Hancock Ken & Sally Waraczynski Rusell Welton Family Kristi Kenyon & Gary Wensing Steve West Bonnie Wheaton Donald Williams Christian Wobeter Tim Yanacheck David & Abigail Young Dr. Allen Young

ice age trail books New Atlas and Companion Guide Will Be Out Soon!

update The Atlas has maps for the entire Ice Age Trail route and is in three-ring binder format so that new maps can be added as new Trail segments are constructed.

IATA staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to update the 2008 Ice Age Trail guidebooks. We are pleased to announce that they are nearing completion. Look for our new books in April. The Ice Age Trail Atlas includes more than 100 color maps showing the entire route of the Ice Age Trail, topography and locations of parking areas, restrooms, campgrounds, shelters and dispersed camping areas.

NEW! We’re thrilled to announce our new Atlas Update Pack. For those who

own the Ice Age Trail Atlas published in 2008, the new Update Pack will allow you to bring your old edition fully up to date without purchasing a whole new book. Just crack open your current atlas binder and replace outdated maps with the new maps in the Update Pack. Much has changed since 2008 thanks to the outstanding work of our trail-building volunteers, so the stack of new maps is thick!

The Ice Age Trail Companion Guide was written for thru, section and day hikers and describes the entire thousand-mile Ice Age Trail, including connecting roads, trailhead access information and information about resupply, dining and lodging at nearby towns.

The Companion Guide includes GPS waypoints for significant Trail features.

Both books were written and published by the Ice Age Trail Alliance. All proceeds from book sales help build and maintain the Ice Age Trail. Please call (800) 2270046 with any questions.

Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail, a beautiful coffee-table book featuring 120 color photos of the Trail, is available through UW Press (800-621-2736), at bookstores around the state and through many online booksellers. Five percent of proceeds support the IATA. ORDER ONLINE at

Atlas and Companion Guide Pre-Order Form Atlas $28 (members)/$35 (nonmembers) Atlas update pack $21.50 (members)/$27 (nonmembers) Companion Guide $20 (members)/$25 (nonmembers) Please note: This form is for pre-order only. All orders will ship around April 25, 2011.

Mail this page with payment to: IATA, 2110 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528

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A quarterly publication of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, about the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

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A quarterly publication of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, about the Ice Age National Scenic Trail