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.

Trail Safe!

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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. 

The series consists of 8 videos, with a total time of about 3 hours.

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. 

If you think the training presenter looks vaguely familiar, that’s because the series is presented by Dan Watson of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail National Park Service headquarters. Dan is planning to visit our chapter in the near future to talk about some current issues and will be more than delighted if you have questions for him that have arisen from watching the series. The series has now been adopted by many other trails and parks in the NPS system, so Dan’s a celebrity.

Record Your Volunteer Hours!


If you are a trail adopter, mower, writer, chapter officer, or anyone who works at or attends other than at a formal “event”, you must keep a log of your volunteer hours and submit it quarterly to Libby Stupak. These records are important when it comes time to justify to funders the amount of volunteer impact their support provides. 

The IATA website ( explains record-keeping. You should record your hours on the Individual Hours Log form, which you can download from the web page:  Just go to, just click the big yellow VOLUNTEER button at the top of the page and scroll down past the numbers.

          Direct Download Links:  Word format | Excel format

Each quarter (right away at the beginning of April, July, October, & January) send the completed form to Libby Stupak,

Some volunteers print out a page and keep it handy to write down hours as they occur; later they transfer the entries to the page on their computer so they can email it to Libby. Others use a notebook or a page on their smartphone. Whatever system works best for you, just be sure to use it, and then submit the hours on the form on your computer using email. 

Volunteer Agreement Form

All volunteers are required 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.

Note (eff. May, 2020): ALL VOLUNTEERS, regardless of past volunteer status, must download, fill out, sign, and return the NEW 301a form (3 sides). Please read all the accompanying materials. When you have received your signed form back from the National Park Service, you are once again welcome to volunteer as before. 

Please read through the attached documents:  

  1. A Cover Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent [PDF]
  2. IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool [PDF]
  3. Covid19Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) [PDF]

Download Form 301a - For individual volunteers, adult or minors. Please send the form and your questions about it to

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 Chippewa Moraine Chapter Operational Guidelines.pdf

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Operating Guidelines (Shorter).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.

How to Sharpen the Chain Saw Blade with Electric Sharpener

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