February 2022 Trail Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance
Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

February 2022

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe - Brunet Island  February 5th

You are invited to join in on the fun at the Cornell Community Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe on February 5th.  You don’t even need to own snowshoes or skis to participate.  Skis and snowshoes are available at the event.  The skis are provided by the Cornell High School and snowshoes are provided by the Obey Center.  Come and join the fun at this event in our Ice Age Trail Community.

Volunteer Snowshoers Needed February 26th

The Chippewa Moraine Chapter is sponsoring a snowshoe hike with the Girl Scouts in NW Wisconsin at Camp Nawakwa on February 26th.  We will have 2 sessions of snowshoeing, one at 10:00 and one at 1:00.  We will be hiking around Picnic Lake with the scouts.  We are looking for volunteers who snowshoe to hike with us as we  lead the hikes.  Contact Vicki Christianson at chippewamorainechapter@iceagetrail.org to volunteer.  You will need the Volunteer Agreement to assist.  

We Need a Name for Our Chapter Hiking Patch

The chapter hiking patches have become very popular in the last 2 years.  Our committee has been meeting to plan for a hiking patch for the Chippewa Moraine Chapter.  As you can see by the patches in the picture, the patches have creative Ice Age catch phrases.  These often highlight special features of a chapter’s trails.  The current titles are:  Meander the Central Moraine, Meander the Mid-Moraine, Walk the Wauk (Waukesha), Be a Kettle Trekker, Walk Across Rock County, Dane Drifters, Glacial Drifters, Superior Lobetrotter, Traprock Trekkers, and Northern Kettle Moraine.  We are looking for a catchy phrase for our new chapter hiking patch.    Our main features in Chippewa County are high relief hummocky topography (big hills), outwash plains, ice-walled lake plains (The Obey Center sits on one of them), and kettle lakes.  If you have an idea for a catch phrase for our chapter patch, send your ideas to me at chippewamorainechapter@iceagetrail.org by February 21st.  We will vote on the patch name in March.

Auction Items Needed for the Annual Conference

The Alliance is holding a silent auction at the Annual Conference in Stevens Point in April.  This auction will be available in person and on-line.  The Alliance is collecting items for the auction.  Do you have an item to donate for the auction?  If you do, please send the item or a photo of it with a good description by March 7th, 2022.  The photo should be as clear as possible for the on-line posting.  Items sell better if people can get a very clear idea of what they are bidding on.

The Silent Auction has a wide variety of items donated:  quilts, artwork, gift baskets, hiking equipment, clothing, hiking related books, kid’s items….the list goes on. (Pictured above is the quilt I won at the last auction.  The cribbage board was made by Chet Anderson.)

Please send descriptions, photos and inquiries to joanne@iceagetrail.org or to the new Philanthropic Coordinator Sarah Driscoll at sarahd@iceagetrail.org

Here is the silent auction donation form if you have an item to donate:  https://iceagetrail.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/iceagetrail/survey.jsp?surveyId=12&

Volunteer Agreements - New Volunteers & Renewals

All new volunteers need  to have a completed Volunteer Agreement for the National Park Service in order to participate in our trail improvement days or to volunteer at events. They have a new form on the Alliance Website.  All members that already have a Volunteer Agreement are asked to fill out this new updated form which will be good until October 2024.

To access the new  Volunteer Agreement, here is the link:  https://www.iceagetrail.org/wp-content/uploads/Packet-Individual-301a-exp-10_2024.pdf     Please fill out the fillable form and email it to Daniel_Watson@nps.gov

If you are a new volunteer, please read the following documents before signing the agreement:  

Cover letter from Eric Gabriel NPS  https://www.iceagetrail.org/wp-content/uploads/Final-Cover-Letter_Eric.pdf

IATA Volunteer Risk Assessment Tool https://www.iceagetrail.org/wp-content/uploads/Final-IATR-VIP-Risk-Assessment-Tool-002.pdf

Covid19HA  https://www.iceagetrail.org/wp-content/uploads/Final-COVID19-JHA-v2.pdf

When you send in the Volunteer Agreement to Dan Watson, he will sign it and return it to you.  Please print a copy for yourself or save it in your files.  Email me at chippewamorainechapter@iceagetrail.org to let me know that you have received your new signed Volunteer Agreement.

2022 Chapter Events - Come join us on our chapter hikes and trail work days!

We have the following events on our calendar for 2022.  Come join us for our hikes, meetings, and trail work events!

Feb. 5 - Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Event:  This event is sponsored by the Cornell Area Betterment Association each year at Brunet Island State Park.  Snowshoes and Skis are available for free for those who don’t have them.  

Feb. 26th:  We are holding a snowshoe event at Camp Nawakwa for the Girl Scouts  (Looking for volunteer snowshoers)

March 20 - Chapter Meeting 6:30

April 16:  Spring Trail Clean-up

April 21-24:  IATA Annual Conference in Stevens Point

April 23:  Adventure North 50K

May 1:   First Sunday Hike on the Chippewa River Segment

May 4:  Natural Resources Foundation Hike (For NRF members only)

May 16:  Chapter Meeting  6:30

May 21:  Trail Maintenance Day

June 4:  National Trails Day Hike - Harwood Lakes Segment

June 18:  Trail Maintenance Day

June 21:  Solstice Hike with Girl Scouts at Camp Nawakwa

July 18:  Chapter Meeting and Picnic at Millyard Park in Cornell

August 7:  First Sunday Hike - Harwood Lakes Segment (Plummer Lake)

August 20:  Trail Maintenance Day

September 4:  First Sunday Hike - Chippewa Moraine Segment

September 17:  Trail Maintenance Day

September 19:  Chapter Meeting and Pizza Party

October 1:  Parade of Colors Hike - Chippewa Moraine Segment - with shuttles

October 8:  Mammoth Challenge Hike - Chippewa River Segment

October 15:  Trail Maintenance Day

November 21:  Annual Chapter Meeting 6:30

See you on the trail!
Vicki Christianson
Chippewa Moraine Chapter Coordinator


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