Members & Volunteers

Here you can download our annual chapter events calendar as well as the forms you need for giving a gift membership. The forms are here as well for recording and reporting volunteer hours.

2019 Annual cal postcard 2019 (individual).pdf

Volunteer Agreement Form

New volunteers are asked to fill in and sign a Volunteer Agreement form. This give both us and the National Park Service the information they need in case of an emergency, and makes sure any medical needs that arise from the volunteer activities are covered. 

Please download the form, print it out, complete the form, and sign it. Certain sections of the form apply only to minors, and the parent or guardian must sign. Unless instructed otherwise, bring the form with you to your first volunteer activity. Forms can be completed on the computer before printing and signing. Forms are in .docx (Word) format.

Download Form 301a - For individual volunteers, adult or minor, OR leaders of organized groups

Download Form 301b - Use this for members of an organized group instead of individual forms for each volunteer.

The forms refer to job descriptions and job hazard analyses for various tasks. The most commonly used tools by volunteers include hand saws, loppers, shovels, pick mattocks, and mcleods. Chainsaws are used by volunteers, but only after additional training and certification. Carpentry tools are used in maintaining or constructing structures, and they consist of saws, hammers, and power drivers. Support volunteers use food preparation tools and are also made aware of food safety expectations. Trail projects generally begin with a review of tools and tool safety, and volunteers should make sure to ask the leader about use of tools they are not familiar with. 

Recording Our Work

You know what they say about the tree that falls in the woods... If you don't record it, it didn't happen. Or something like that. Click here for the tools you need to do just that.

Individual Hours Log (Word format)

Individual Hours Log (Excel format)

Download these forms to your computer and use them to record your hours spent on trail-related volunteer activity that is not recorded on a group event sign-in sheet. When the quarter has ended, send your page for the quarter to the chapter for tabulation. The quarterly reports are filed at the end of each quarter ending in December, March, June, and September, but note that the reporting year ends on September 30, so all activity up to that date, whenever it occurred during the year, should be included on the September 30 report. Compiling this data is both important and time-consuming, so you can do your part by using the above log forms and sending them in on a timely manner. Send them to the chapter email address:

Learn all about Trail Building and Maintenance

The Ice Age Trail Alliance has published a rucksack load of informational booklets on trail building and maintenance, specific to the Ice Age Trail. You can find links to many of them here. These are PDF’s, and clicking the link will download them for your own library. Toward the end are other references from the NPS, DNR, and USFS.

Trails Overview

Trail Layout and Design 101

Introduction to Rigging for Trails

Trail Structures Notebook

Trail Stewardship Notebook

Trail Signage Notebook

     Trail Signage 101

     Trail Signage 201

The IATA’s roadmap for trail project planning: the Project Review Form

NPS Resources: Trail Development and Management Standards

Wisconsin DNR: Runoff Standards for Public Trails Near Waterways and Wetlands

US Forest Service: Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook

Chapter Potluck Supper and Meeting Through The Years

July Potluck: "Where's the Beef?"

2017 Chapter Operational Guidelines-DRAFT-FULL.pdf

Chapter Event Calendar

All chapter events are located on IATA web site, along with regional and trail-wide events.

Trail Maintenance Sections and Adopters 2019.pdf 2

Trail Condition Report

A form to note the condition of the trail. You can take a copy along to write on, but bring it home and fill it out on your computer so you can email it to the trail beavers.

Trail Condition Report (Word Version)

A Word Document that you can complete interactively within Word and email to

Trail Condition Report (PDF version)

Adopt-A-Trail Manual

Click here to download this (rather long) guide that explains in detail what is helpful to know before you go out to help work on a segment of trail as a trail adopter.

Chain Saw Use

While extremely important for trail maintenance, chain saws are inherently hazardous and their use is minimized wherever possible by the Chippewa Moraine Chapter. When they must be used, there are strict requirements established by the IATA and the NPS that govern who may use them, what training is required, and what safety equipment must be present.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance sets forth the requirements in a policy document.

From time to time the chapter or the alliance provide opportunities to receive training in First Aid, CPR, and Chain Saw Safety. In order to take a Chain Saw Safety class, an application is needed.

Training certification is valid for only a limited period and must be retaken to remain current. The life of each type of training is as follow:

FISTA Chain Saw Safety Certification - 3 years (NPS requirement)

First Aid - 2 years

CPR - 2 years

In addition, the DNR requires a safety acknowlegement form to be signed and filed before chain saw use is permitted on state land. This form is collected by the chapter and forwarded to the DNR property manager.

Power Equipment Policy

Sawyer Training Application

Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Unit

How to find it!

Chippewa Falls Public Library

This is where we meet most of the year. Here's how to find it.