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. iatchippewa.org. 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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