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.
MAMMOTH TALES | Spring 2011 | www.iceagetrail.org