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Chapter Meeting, May 16: Return to In-Person - in Cornell!

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The Chapter Meeting will be held May 16th at 6:30 at the Cornell City Office.  The Cornell City Office is located on the corner of 3rd and Main Street.  The meeting room entrance is on 3rd Street.   If you plan to attend the meeting, please contact Vicki Christianson at chippewamorainechapter@iceagetrail.org.  Masks are recommended.

A majority of the meeting will be to discuss the trail work plans for 2022.

Trail Work Day at Dumke Lake Ice-Walled Lake Plain, May 21st

Our Chapter Trail Work Day for May is on Saturday, May 21st on the Chippewa Moraine Segment.  We will be working on improving the view shed at the bench overlooking Dumke Lake (located at the camera icon on the map above).  The white areas on the map there show the location of an ice-walled lake plain.  We are looking for a big crew of people to help clear the brush and small trees that are blocking the view of Dumke Lake, as well as the trail through brush on the ice-walled lake plain.  

Thank you to all the volunteers that have renewed their Volunteer Agreements this year, and especially to all the new volunteers that have filled out Volunteer Agreements for the first time.  We would love to meet you at this trail event and get to know your trail work interests and skills!  If you are interested in volunteering for this trail work day, please RSVP to Vicki Christianson at chippewamorainechapter@iceagetrail.org to get on the crew list.  We will be meeting at the Obey Center at 8am on Saturday, May 21st.  Hope to see everyone there!

MSC Trailbuilding: Rib Lake Segment, May 18-22

The Mobile Skills Crew is holding a trailbuilding Event on the Rib Lake Segment in Taylor County May 18-22.  They will be building four brand-new miles of Ice Age Trail.  This is the first phase focusing on corridor clearing to prepare for more work in September.  This is an excellent project to get acquainted with trailbuilding basics.  You do not need experience to participate.  The Mobile Skills Crew will teach volunteers how to build trail.  You can participate in some or all the days of the event.

If you are interested in participating in this event, more information is available at this MSC link:   https://mailchi.mp/iceagetrail/2022-rib-lake-may-project-announcement?e=612cc08959   Register by May 11.

IAT-U Crew Leader Training - June 9-12

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The Alliance is holding an Ice Age Trail University event at the Iola Winter Sports Club in Iola, WI.  Participants will learn the four-step tread construction and how to teach it to others, risk management practices, team building, and safe and effective use of hand tools and trail assessment techniques.  This course is for new crew leader applicants and is an excellent refresher course for those with crew leader experience.  

If you are interested in knowing more about this event, click on this link for the IAT-U Crew Leader Training:  https://mailchi.mp/iceagetrail/2022-crew-leadership-training-announcement?e=612cc08959    Register by May 20.

“Chip off the Old Moraine"

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Our committee has been meeting to plan for a hiking patch for the Chippewa Moraine Chapter.  In February, we met to plan out the brochure for the patch program.  In March, we worked on an informational page for hikers.  At the March Chapter Meeting, we voted on the Patch Slogan.  A last minute entry was the winner:  “Chip Off the Old Moraine”.  It is a creative play on the idiom “Chip off the Old Block” that hints at our chapter name of Chippewa Moraine.  

2022 Chapter Calendar of Events (Updated 3/7/22)

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April:

     9  Spring Trail Clean-Up

     21-24  IATA Annual Conference - Stevens Point, WI

     23 Adventure North 50K

May:

     1 -  First Sunday Hike - 1:00 Chippewa River Segment

     4 – National Resources Foundation Hike - For NRF members only

     16 – Chapter Meeting - 6:30

     21- Trail Maintenance Day

June:

     4 – National Trails Day Hike - Harwood Lakes Segment  (County E)

     18 - Trail Maintenance Day

     21 – Solstice Hike with GS - Camp Nawakwa

July:

     18 - Chapter Meeting & Picnic - Millyard Park - Cornell

August:

     7 – First Sunday Hike - 1:00 Chippewa River Segment. (Location Change)

We are partnering with BetterLife Lodge 141 (Bohemian Hall).  They are holding a hike to benefit homeless veterans.

     20 – Trail Maintenance Day

September:

     4 – First Sunday Hike - 1:00 Chippewa Moraine – Hiker’s Choice

     17 – Trail Maintenance Day

     19 – Chapter Meeting – 6:30  Pizza Party

October:

     1 – Parade of Colors Hike - 9-11 Chippewa Moraine Segment (with shuttles)

     8 – Mammoth Challenge Hike - 10-12 Chippewa River Segment

IATA Announces 2022 Statewide Trailbuilding Events

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  • January 20 – 22, Table Bluff Segment, Dane County
  • February 4 – 6, Cross Plains Segment, Dane County
  • February 17 – 19, Gibraltar Rock Segment, Columbia County
  • May 18 – 22, Rib Lake Segment, Taylor County
  • June 8 – 12, IAT-U: Crew Leader Training, Iola, Waupaca County
  • June 22 – 26, New Hope-Iola Ski Hill Segment, Waupaca and Portage County
  • July 13 – 17, Rice Lake Preserve, Marathon County
  • August 18 – 21, LaBudde Creek Segment, Sheboygan County
  • September 14 – 18, Rib Lake Segment, Taylor County
  • October 6 – 9, Lapham Peak Segment, Waukesha County
  • October 20 – 22, Wildcard


More information:

Season at a Glance: 2022 Trailbuilding and Habitat Management Events

We are on the list pending available funds at the Alliance for replacement of the 600’ Firth Lake boardwalk.  If enough funds are raised, there is the possibility of becoming the Oct. 20-22 Wildcard.  Cross your fingers!

Please note the Ice Age Trail University Crew Leader Training taking place in Iola on June 8-12.  Watch future Alliance news for information on these events.

Meet Our Chapter Leadership Team!

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Elections were held at the November 15th Chippewa Moraine Chapter Annual Meeting.  

  • Chapter Chair/Coordinator: Vicki Christianson
  • Vice Chair: Serena Stipek
  • Vice Chair-Maintenance: Jerry Sazama
  • Secretary: Mary Skalecki
  • Treasurer: Tom Kolb


Vicki has been a member of the chapter since 2004.  She is active with work days, shuttles, and headed up the project to establish Cornell as a Trail Community. She recently developed the local resources for the Mammoth 40 Challenge. She’s been working for several years at hiking the entire Ice Age Trail, and lives in Cornell.  This will be Vicki’s second year as Chapter Coordinator.  She is very grateful to Richard Smith for all of his training and advice during her first year in this role.  He was instrumental in her success.

Jerry needs no introduction as he has been active in many aspects of chapter leadership for many years. Jerry manages the maintenance program, devoting countless hours to it. 

Mary has been an active member of the chapter since 2004.    This will be her second year to  serve as Secretary. 

Tom is another long-time chapter volunteer.   This will be his second year serving as Secretary.

Report of 2021 Activities

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Thank you to all for putting your trust in me to take over from Richard’s capable hands.  A huge thank you to Richard Smith for all his help in training me in on all the tasks of a chapter coordinator.  He got me all set up with the various programs and taught me how to use them.  He was always happy to answer my questions whenever I called which was often.  Thank you very much, Richard.

In December, Jerry Sazama and I met with Matt Hanson,  the County Forester, and we walked Harwood Lakes to discuss the upcoming logging project which is scheduled for 2021, 2024, 2027, and 2030.  The greatest effect to the trail took place in the summer of 2021.  Logging took place from east of the heron rookery to the start of the horse trail.  This included the 2021 logging plus a corridor along the trail through the 2024 logging.  This will create a visual barrier for the clear cut in 2024.  The logging was completed and the logging road was graded by the county afterwards.  There was also a select cut of hardwoods near the horse trail.  Lots of shuttles took place in the spring and early summer as people came to hike Harwood Lakes prior to the logging project.

2021 Trail Maintenance Report

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2021 Trail Maintenance:

1.  Regular Mowing, blazing and clearing.

2.  Kiosk constructed at the new Otter Lake parking area.  Also GPS marking of possible trail extensions to the Otter Lake Esker.

3.  Flagged the possible move of the current trail head at County Z.

4.  GPS the possible extension of the trail from the south side of County Z to the area of the Blue Bridge.

5.  Located and roughed in the trails to two DCA sites to the east of Firth Lake.

6.  Tread leveling to the east of Firth Lake.   Exposed roots had made mowing the area very difficult.

7.  Switch trail reroute from 250th heading south from blue (temporary) to yellow (permanent).

8.  Annual upkeep maintenance on the Firth Lake boardwalk.

9.  Corridor clearing to the northwest of Firth Lake crossing.

10.  New Leopold Bench on the northwest shore of Firth Lake. Removal of old Leopold bench.  Water crossing installed on spur trail to Firth Lake parking area.

11.  Flag and rough in to a proposed DCA site north of 245th.

12.  Straightening and stabilization of two boardwalks to the north of 245th.

Mammoth 41 Event - A Full House!

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We had a full house on our Mammoth 41 Hike on the Chippewa River Segment on Oct. 9th.  Fifty Four participants came to enjoy our beautiful Chippewa River Segment for the first time!  For most of our hikers, it was their first time hiking on the Ice Age Trail.  Several Girl Scout troops came for our hike, and many Cornell Scouts came with their families.  Everyone had a great time, and we are hoping that many of these families will join us again on future hikes.  Now that they have hiked this segment, maybe they will be inspired to try our other segments.  

Kids were encouraged to find a walking stick along the way, and by the end, they all had one.  After the hike, families and scouts were invited to the Cornell Visitor Center to meet Monty.   Craft materials were supplied and children decorated their walking sticks.  Thanks to our chapter volunteers for assisting on the hike and back at the Visitor’s Center.

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Over 6,500 hikers participated in the Mammoth 41 Event statewide.  Their challenge was to hike 41 miles and visit 3 trail communities.  We had many hikers visiting Cornell and hiking our segments during the month.  Plans are already underway for Mammoth 42.  Many of our members participated.  Congratulations to all who completed the challenge.  Be sure you fill in your completion form and get it sent in by November 15th.  

Trailside Section Maps Available

New trailside section maps have been published for 2020 and will be available in mapboxes along the trail in coming weeks. The new maps are updated using the 2020 trail base map.

You can download and print your own copies here: 

Map 15f - Chippewa Moraine and Harwood Lakes segments - 267th Ave to Co Hwy E

May 16f - Firth Lake and Chippewa River segments - Co Hwy E to Cornell