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August Sunday Hike - Sunday, Aug. 4

We’ll explore a section of the trail near the Obey Center at the August Sunday Hike. The trail always has a story to tell, and early August is no exception. Join us for a 3.5 mile hike and see the well-endowed (with water) lakes and ponds, berries, and frogs along the route. 

Meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug 4, at the Obey Interpretive Center. Bring water and a snack, and your favorite bug repellent. 

Please let us know if you are coming by registering:

Click Here For Registration Site

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. 

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.