Late June 2010 Trail Dispatch

Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

Late-June 2010

In this edition:    

    Trail Improvement Day this Saturday

    Potluck, Chapter Meeting July 19, featuring Special Presentation by Photographer Kristen Westlake

Trail Improvement Day This Saturday, June 26

If you are itching to take your horticulture skills to the next level, join us on Saturday for some IAT-TLC (that's Ice Age Trail - Tender Loving Care). Whether pruning back some intruding growth of brambles or branches, or removing windfallen trees and branches, you won't find a more pleasant group to join or more beautiful surroundings to enjoy while engaging in some useful activity outdoors. 

Join us on Saturday, June 26 at 9:30 AM at the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Reserve Visitor Center, and we'll head out from there. We'll work into early afternoon, but feel free to leave at noon if you prefer. Bring along water and a lunch or snack, your favorite work gloves, and wear long sleeves and pants as well as sturdy work shoes. Don't forget your insect repellent of choice as the mosquitoes are expecting you. 

Jerry Sazama has volunteered to serve as celebrity work coach for the day. If you have any questions, please contact him. In fact, definitely contact him if you plan to come, so we can plan a great day for you. Email Jerry or call 715-723-6955. (We're celebrating Jerry's graduation from Ice Age Trail University).

If you can't make it, our next Trail Improvement Day is planned for August 21. 

July Chapter Picnic, Special Presentation by Karen Westlake, July 19

Our annual July chapter meeting and potluck picnic is always a highlight of our year. This year we are being joined by professional nature photographer Kristen Westlake, who is making a stop on her hike of the full IAT this summer. She'll have a program for us that will incorporate her extraordinary photography to inspire and motivate us to connect with nature. 

You can see some of Kristen's Ice Age Trail photography, as well as stunning photos she's taken throughout the US and in many of the national parks, by visiting her website. The link goes to her Ice Age Trail journal, but you can explore further from there. Don't miss this special program at the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center on Monday, July 19. Picnic at 6, the program will follow.

Kristen enjoys company as she hikes the trial through our county. If you'd like to join, please let us know! Call 715 967-2164 or email