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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

(608) 798-4453 (p) (800) 227-0046 (p) (608) 798-4460 (f) Ice Age Trail Alliance logo design donated by Celtic, Inc., Brookfield, WI (262) 789-7630

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.


MAMMOTH TALES | Spring 2011 |

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.

Ice Age Trail Alliance's Mammoth Tales  

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

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