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Chapter Annual Membership Meeting - Mon Nov 20

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Members of Chippewa Moraine Chapter will gather on Monday evening, November 20, at 6:30 PM to conduct the Chapter Annual Membership Meeting, as prescribed by the Ice Age Trail Alliance Bylaws, Article II, Section 17. The meeting will be held at the Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W Central St, Chippewa Falls WI.

The Agenda includes IATA directed items and chapter-specific items.

  • Election of Officers
  • Approval of Annual Chapter Budget
  • Report on 2017 activities
  • 2017 Financial Report
  • 2017 Trail Maintenance and Stewardship Report
  • 2018 Trail Construction, Maintenance, and Stewardship needs, and timeline
  • Current tool inventory
  • Tentative 2018 Chapter Calendar of meetings, and events
  • Adoption of Chapter Operational Guidelines


Officers

Chapter officers include Chair, Vice Chair(s), Secretary, and Treasurer. 

Operational Guidelines

As part of the Ice Age Trail Alliance Bylaw Amendments of 2017, existing Chapter Bylaws are no longer in effect. However, chapters may create “Operational Guidelines” to address matters not currently contained in the Alliance Bylaws. We have drafted an Operational Guidelines document (OGs) that reflects matters in our prior chapter bylaws not in conflict with the Alliance Bylaws, as well as clarifying some additional questions created by the new Bylaw/OG scheme. Pending approval by the IATA Executive Director, the OGs will be adopted at the Chapter Annual Membership Meeting. Copies of the OG draft are available for download and review.

2017 Chippewa Moraine Chapter Operational Guidelines-DRAFT.pdf

Chippewa Moraine at Outdoor Adventure Expo - Sun Nov 19

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The Outdoor Adventure Expo is held annually in spring and fall in Minneapolis, and the northwest IATA chapters visit the Expo each time to inform, inspire, and challenge visitors to explore the Ice Age Trail. The Expo runs from Friday evening, Nov 17 through Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, and our chapter staffs the booth on Sunday. If you’d like to join our team of inspired challengers, there’s room and its fun. Contact Richard Smith for more information (715-933-0252 or chapter@iatchippewa.org).

Horseshoe Lake Bridge Closed - use Reroute

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The bridge on the north side of Horseshoe Lake (0.1 mi west of 160th St/Townline Lake Rd) is closed due to flooding. Do not attempt to cross the bridge as it is extremely unsafe.

The trail has been temporarily rerouted north of the existing route on existing logging trails. The temporary route is in the process of being marked and improved. The route includes 100 yards of 160th St, part of which is under relatively shallow water. 

Download: Horseshoe Lake Bridge Reroute Map


Chapter Event Calendar Postcard

Our annual chapter trail event calendar has been mailed to members. For your reference, or if you are not a member, you can view it or print it out. You’ll find it under the VOLUNTEERS Tab (above).


Cold Cacheing in the Cold!

http://www.startribune.com/learn-about-glaciers-by-coldcaching-on-wisconsin-s-spectacular-ice-age-trail/414663303/


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Learn about glaciers by ColdCaching on Wisconsin's spectacular Ice Age Trail

Wisconsin program teaches about glaciers and the outdoors. 

By Jennifer Jeanne Patterson Special to the Star Tribune

FEBRUARY 24, 2017 — 11:02AM

JENNIFER JEANNE PATTERSON

Wisconsin’s ColdCaching program includes a self-guided GPS tour of glacial history for families at Devil’s Lake State Park.


My kids and I stood bundled up in 6-degree weather, wearing facemasks and snow pants while trying to work a handheld GPS along the Wisconsin Ice Age Trail in Devil’s Lake State Park. The land was barren, brown and peaceful — a typical winter landscape.

“I think we’re supposed to go that way,” 10-year-old Caleb said uncertainly, pointing, while 8-year-old Anna shivered beside him. Why didn’t I pay closer attention to the park naturalist’s instructions?

It’s said that the average American child engages in only four to seven minutes a day of unstructured play outdoors. I’ve come to realize that for our children to grow up caring about our planet, I need to fight my urge to hibernate and expose them to a winter wilderness that extends beyond the backyard.

Chapter Election Results

The election results are in, and we have a slight rearrangement of officers for 2017. In case you missed it, here are the results: President, Richard Smith; Vice President, Tony Schuster; Secretary, Diane Harp; and Treasurer, Nancy Schuster. In addition, Jerry Sazama is our Maintenance Chief. 

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.

ColdCache Sites Newly-Designated in Chippewa County

ColdCache is an IATA program that interprets geologic features along the trail. It’s a variation of geocaching, where participants search out hidden sites and find and interact with a small box located there. In the case of ColdCaching, there is no box or other visible marker. Instead, the participant finds and identifies the target glacial feature, and answers some questions on a website about it.

While the ColdCache program has been in operation for several years, now five sites have been identified in Chippewa County and included in the list of Cache locations on the ColdCache web site. You can find that site on the Ice Age Trail web site


The five sites in Chippewa County are:

1. Chippewa Trifecta - the location, overlooking Dumke Lake, where the ice-walled lake plain ends and a deep glacial riverbed is clearly visible, cutting through the lake-bottom sediments, all perched hundreds of feet above the Dumke Lake surface below. 

--Access from 180th St (Townline Rd) or Lot on 260th Ave (Rattlesnake Hill Rd).

Your New Old Hat

In case your treasured Ice Age Trail footprint hat has gotten grotty from wearing it hiking or doing trail work, you can easily renew it! Here's the secret:

Just wash it in cool water in your washing machine with other clothes. It might help to pretreat sweat stains with your favorite. Then air dry. The bill is really plastic inside, and the suede handles washing just fine. The footprints hold up through the wash. 

Voila! Your new Ice Age Trail footprint hat.

Don't Park Overnight on County Highways

Backpackers and campers should be aware that you should not park overnight on county highway shoulders. If you do, your car will be towed away.

There are many places to park off the roadway which are available to hikers who need to park overnight:

  • The Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center on Hwy M
  • Circle Trail parking on Hwy M west of the visitor center
  • Rattlesnake Hill lot, on 260th Ave between Town Line Road and Plummer Lake Road
  • Hwy E, near Camp Nawakwa, by pulling far off the highway shoulder
  • Hwy CC at the Ice Age Trailhead parking lot
  • Hwy CC at the Perch Lake Fisherman’s parking lot 

Do not park overnight along Hwy M where the trail crosses (near the backpack camp site) as you are sure to be towed there due to the curve and lack of pull-off space.

Do not park overnight on Hwy Z for the same reason.

267th Ave for day use parking only.

Note that the Atlas and trail maps show parking at Plummer Lake boat landing on 167th St, but this is for day use only.