December 2010 Trail Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

December 2010

In This Edition:

Regional Chapter Meeting, THIS Saturday Dec. 4

Join the Mammoth Trackers!

Volunteer Hours Increase 28%

Regional Chapter Meeting, Saturday, Dec. 4

If you're looking to learn more about how a new trail segment comes to be, or if you'd like to meet and hear from other chapter members from our northwest area, then consider coming to the Regional Chapter Meeting this Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Rice Lake City Hall, from 9-3. It's not too late to join the Chippewa Moraine representatives. Please register with IATA, and also let the chapter know you're planning to go so we can help avoid transportation redundancy.

Like to Hike? Join the Mammoth Trackers!

At our last chapter meeting, the members asked for an informal hike notification system, where interested members could subscribe to be notified whenever someone was planning a hike on the IAT and was inviting others to join. The idea is popular with cyclists, paddlers, etc. in the area, so we've joined the trend!

The Chippewa Mammoth Trackers is a Yahoo group set up to post notifications of open hikes, predominantly on the Ice Age Trail, and more often than not in the Chippewa County area.

As the name says, members will be tracking the trail of the elusive and legendary mammoth. And where else would one find the mammoth, but on the Ice Age Trail?

If you're interested in tracking the mammoth, you can sign up for the group at Yahoo Groups. After you've signed up, you can set your preference for how you want email notifications to come: each time, daily, or never.

You'll need to be a member of the MammothTracker group to read the messages, and membership is targeted to IATA members and supporters. If you have suggestions on other protections we should follow, please let us know.

Our web site home page has a button way down in the lower right hand corner that you can click to join the group, or just click here: Chippewa Mammoth Trackers

2010 Volunteer Hours increase 28%

The volunteer hours recorded for our chapter members at chapter events, meetings, workdays, and maintenance activities increased in 2010 by an astonishing 28%. In the fiscal year, we recorded 1661 hours of time spent in trail support activity. 

Many of our volunteers will receive an NPS thank-you gift next Spring, recognizing their cumulative volunteer hours contributed. The Ice Age Trail simply would not exist if it were not for the hours and hours of volunteer time contributed by our members and volunteers. 

Thanks to everyone for your dedication and help!

Watch for our Annual Calendar and Annual Chapter Membership Meeting

Our Annual Chapter Membership Meeting is coming on Monday, January 17, 2011. Be sure to mark your 2011 calendars so you don't miss this important business meeting. We'll elect officers, adopt a budget, and approve our annual calendar, among other things. 

Thanks for all your support during 2010.

Have a great holiday season!

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Where To Find Information

Here's where to look for IAT and IATA information:

IATA Information:

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Information: AND AND (subscribe!)

Calendar of Chapter and Alliance Events:

Chippewa Mammoth Trackers (informal hike announcements):

Hiking the trail: (check the options under the "Hike the IAT" tab). For Chippewa County:

National Park Service Information about the Ice Age Trail:

See you on the trail,

Richard Smith

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Chair


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