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Annual Spring Trail Cleanup - April 22

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April 22, 2018 - Richard Smith

Our annual spring cleanup project will be held this year on Earth Day, Monday, April 22. We’ve moved it to Monday due to avoid the Easter weekend, but hope you’ll take advantage of the weekday schedule and the chance to get out and celebrate Earth Day. 

It is an important event because of the Chippewa 50 trail run on the following Saturday, as well as the general need to take care of whatever downed branches and trees have appeared over the winter, and make possible repairs to structures. The possibility of high water could mean some additional unexpected maintenance.  

It is also an opportunity to get out, stretch your legs, and see the trail for the first time in the spring.

Meet at the Deer Fly Trailhead south of County Highway M at 9 a.m. We usually work until around noon and then have some snacks.

If you think you can join us, please register online by April 21. We ask you to register so that we can best plan how we are going to accomplish the task. You can add a comment for the leader. It also allows us to contact you if bad weather causes changes to our plans.

2019 Annual Calendar Postcard

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The 2019 Annual Calendar postcard is available here for download. A printed version was mailed to all members.

If you print it on two sides, you can trim it to down and attach it to your favorite spot where it will serve as an ongoing reference to planned activities and events in 2019. Of course, things can change, so it’s always best to check the calendar online for any updates. 

New Trail Route At Firth Lake - Chippewa River Segment Junction

New IAT Route Through Krank Preserve

New IAT Route Through Krank Preserve (PDF of Map)

The junction of the Firth Lake and Chippewa River Segments in Chippewa County has been relocated. The new route no longer uses the section of trail along the Chippewa River as the primary IANST route, and the Hwy CC Ice Age Trail parking lot is no longer directly on the trail.

The new realignment features a direct route through the Krank Nature Preserve so that the route from Firth Lake to Hwy Z is continuous and away from County Highway CC. Part of the old route is now a 1.0-mile connector trail, marked with blue blazes, between the IANST and the Hwy CC parking lot. The new IANST route is marked with yellow blazes and white-on-brown directional signs.

The new 1.3-mile segment replaces the former 2-mile route.


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Parking Lot                                                Junction with IANST                    1.0 mile

A New Mudbrook Wetland Bridge And Boardwalk Provide Spectacular Views (And Dry Feet)

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Photo: Libby Stupak

The newly constructed Mudbrook bridge midway between Plummer Lake Road and Deer Fly Trail offers a spectacular view of the wetland in the Mudbrook floodplain, and provides a solid and dry passage through the area. It replaces a bridge and rickety boardwalk conglomeration that has traversed the combination of wetland and beaver dams and which was well beyond “end of life”. The main bridge on the old route was a Wisconsin Conservation Corps project built 30-40 years ago. The connecting boardwalk was constructed and reconstructed many times, and was highlighted by sections of boardwalk built on top of older sections as the land sunk or the beavers got more active. The new route in a new location includes boardwalk built 36 inches above the current water level. The total structure is 192 feet long, with a 24-foot bridge span and 168 feet of connecting boardwalk. There’s a handrail on one side, kick plate on the other. A technique used for the first time locally involves resting the legs on steel “pans” resting on solid ground in the bottom of the wetland. 

Trail Safe!

A new safety initiative from the National Park Service offers participants online self-study videos that examine the objectives taught in the Park Service Operational Leadership training. It’s an approach that focuses on the mindset needed to work safely, not a cookbook on how to use a tool. Take a look at the NPS IAT website and scroll down to the Trail Safe! feature to find the link. Start at the beginning and complete the Training Verification Roster back at the Trail Safe! home page, and you’ll receive a pin and other info from NPS. Also be sure to keep track of your time spent and report it to the chapter to be sure we capture your volunteer hours. Questions about the series can be directed to Dan Watson.