June 2016 Trail Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance                                                   Celebrate the National Parks Centennial 
Chippewa Moraine Chapter                                            On the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

June 2016

National Trails Day Hike, Saturday, June 4

Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike on the Ice Age Trail! Meet at the Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine on Saturday morning, June 4, at 9 AM for a hike led by JoAnn Parks. 

We’ll choose a segment to hike based on the interests and abilities of those present. Hikes usually are around 4-5 miles, depending on the segment chosen, and will end around mid-day.

Bring a friend, a lunch or snack, water, and your preferred insect protection for mosquitos and ticks. It’s a good idea to wear long pants, sleeves, and full length socks as well. JoAnn Parks will lead the hike, so you can contact her if you have questions or want to let her know you are coming (not required).

June Trail Improvement Day Planned For Saturday, June 18

Join us on Saturday, June 18, for our May Trail Improvement Day. We will spend the day working on trail repairs and other general maintenance activities.

Meet at 9 AM at the Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine on Hwy M east of New Auburn. We’ll carpool to the work site from there. We’ll be working into the afternoon, so bring a lunch, but your help is still appreciated even if you can come for just the morning.

Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks; sturdy work shoes; be prepared for ticks and mosquitos; and bring work gloves, water, lunch, and a snack. 

Please confirm your intent to attend the workday so we can plan for you and make your time worthwhile and productive by emailing Jerry Sazama

Trail Building and Maintenance Work Planned for Blue Hills in June

On June 22-26, the IATA Mobile Skills Crew to the Blue Hills in Rusk County. It’s close by, and a great opportunity to pick up some state-of-the-art trail maintenance techniques and skills. New trail, boardwalk, signage, tread maintenance, and more! For more information and a registration link, check here.  

Local Culture Tour Visits Chippewa Moraine on June 24

On Friday afternoon, June 24, we’ll host a tour group of Wisconsin teachers organized by the Wisconsin Arts Board at the Chippewa Moraine’s Obey Center. We’ll help with directing traffic and accompanying them on their hike on the trail to answer questions and make sure no one goes astray. The feature is going to be a “walk-and-talk” about designing trails, given by IATA staff. If you’d like to help out, please let us know with an email.

Volunteers: Are you Trail Safe!

Check out the 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.

Thanks, everyone.

I wish to extend my personal note of thanks for those who attended the award presentation, sent notes, sent emails, or generally sent good vibes. It was all very humbling, but a great honor, and very much appreciated.

My only regret is that the papers may have led some to believe that somehow I did all those things myself! As you know, I mostly sound the gong and the greatest group of volunteers springs forth to take their hand at accomplishing all the tasks that go into making a trail happen. Thanks to all of you, for if not for your efforts, I’m sure I’d not have been there with you.

Where to Find IATA and Chapter Event Information

The go-to place to find current information about all our chapter events as well as IATA events everywhere is the calendar at the IATA website, www.iceagetrail.org. The Calendar link is at the upper right corner of the page, or bookmark www.iceagetrail.org/events/. To find our chapter-specific events, either choose Chippewa Moraine from the dropdown menu under Event Category and click the “Find Events” button, or just bookmark this page:

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Events

See you on the trail,

Richard Smith

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Chair


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