October 2017 Trail Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance
Chippewa Moraine Chapter

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October 2017

Happy New Year! Volunteer Reports Due ASAP!

Happy 2018! It is time to put to bed your volunteer hours reports for 2017, through Sept. 30. If you have any hours not yet reported, please do so ASAP so we can get our report in and your efforts can be recognized (and can help the trail). 

If you need a form to fill in the time on, you can download it here for Excel, or here for Word. The category definitions have changed in the past few years, so check the back of the form for the current definitions. Please email your completed form to chapter@iatchippewa.org. All your hours for the first three quarters (Oct. 2016 - June 30, 2017) should already be reported, but if you run across something, still send it in. Please send the final report, July through Sept. 30, now. 

Thanks to everyone for your time and care in completing these reports.

Parade of Colors Fall Hike, Saturday, Oct. 7

Strike up the band for the Parade of Colors, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7. Celebrate the trail in all its glorious fall colors. Grab a companion, bring the gang, or just come and hike with a new friend. Choose your length from 1 to 6 miles, and chapter volunteers will shuttle you out to your starting point. Refreshments will await you upon your return to the Obey Center, or bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy there.

Thanks to everyone who has already signed up to drive, bake, greet, etc. We always need a full complement of chapter volunteers, and there’s room for more. If you can help, add your name to our list. 

It’s almost here, so sign up today!

     Parade of Colors Fall Hike on the IAT

        Date: Saturday, Oct. 7

        Time: 9 AM - 11 AM (Start Hiking)

        Meeting PlaceObey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine

        Location maphttp://d.pr/gFxSq

        RSVP: Not needed

        More InfoHere!

        What to bring: Hiking friends

Firth Lake Area Trail Relocation - MSC Project - Oct. 11-15

Trail builders from around the region will converge for the Firth Lake Trail Relocation Project, Oct. 11-15. There’s a role there for you, regardless of your skill level. Of course we especially need trail workers, but lots of other support roles are also needed, from cooking to registration and more. Get full details and register online for a day or the whole period. Camp sites and all meals are provided to all participants. We’re excited to welcome the Bloomer High School senior class on Wednesday, 10/11, and especially need volunteers that day to work with the students. The chapter has arranged for some special surprises for evening programs, so stick around and camp if you’d like, and there’s some limited indoor bunk opportunities available as well.

If your schedule opens up at the last minute and you can spend all or part of a day, just go to the reception center on 250th Ave, about 2.5 miles west of Hwy CC, near Cornell (½ mile east of the Firth Lake trailhead entrance). Work begins at 8, so arrival by then is most easily accommodated. (Of course, if you plan to come, there’s still time to pre-register, and we’ll mail you full details on location, etc and have your lunch all ready for you.)

If you have questions about the project, contact Jerry Sazama.

If you’re not a trail builder, there is still a huge need for your help. Because the crews (and the students) thrive on cookies, we are requesting a moraine of cookies from our volunteer bakers. Any surplus cookies from the Parade of Colors will be transferred to the MSC project, but more will be needed, especially as the week rolls on. If you can bake and bring cookies to the MSC project (project headquarters is at Camp Nawakwa), please email Steve White.

We also need a fully covered reception and sign-in station on 250th Ave. Volunteers will welcome workers, especially those just arriving or commuting, sign them in and orient them, and after radio consultation with the manager, direct them to the work site. If you can spend 2 or 4 hours at the station, please email Steve White with your preferred day and time period. We will need people from 8 AM into early afternoon at a minimum. As there may be slow periods, consider bringing a friend (cell reception is good also)! 

These chapter-organized components can really make an event sail smoothly, so don’t overlook these critical support needs.

It’s Been a Busy September!

While October looms as a busy month for IATA volunteers, September was no softie. In addition to the Sunday hike, a Trail Improvement Day, and a Chapter Meeting, volunteers spent numerous days involved in trail projects. Some of these included inventorying and assessing all trail structures, dismantling of old tent platforms to recycle the lumber into structure repairs, tracking down a through hiker to assist with contacting family, and planning and preliminary work for the October MSC. 

Thanks, IATA volunteers!

Where to Find IATA and Chapter Event Information

The go-to place to find current information about all our chapter events and IATA events everywhere is the calendar at the IATA website, www.iceagetrail.org. The Calendar link is in the menu, or bookmark www.iceagetrail.org/events/. To find our chapter-specific events, either choose Chippewa Moraine from the dropdown menu under Event Category and click the “Find Events” button, or just bookmark this button  ⬇︎

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Events

See you on the trail,

Richard Smith
Chippewa Moraine Chapter Chair


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