March 2022 Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance
Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

March 2022


Girl Scout Snowshoe Hike - Picnic Lake - Feb. 26th

The Chippewa Moraine Chapter co-sponsored a snowshoe hike with the Girl Scouts in NW Wisconsin at Camp Nawakwa on February 26th.  Chapter volunteers came in the morning to cut trail around Picnic Lake for about one and a quarter miles.  At 1:00, we led a snowshoe hike around Picnic Lake with the scouts.  Scheels in Eau Claire donated snowshoes to Camp Nawakwa for the girls to use.  When future troops come to Camp Nawakwa for a winter camp or hike, the snowshoes will be available to them.  25 scouts and adults attended the event.  It was a beautiful day for a hike, with warm temps and blues skies.  The girls had a great time.  This was a great way to get young people on the Ice Age Trail, and we look forward to partnering with the Girl Scouts in the future.  Thank you to JoAnn Parks, Pat Kosher, Barb Leetzow, Chris Maslonkowski, Barb Flom, Sherry Jasper, and Carrie Andringa for volunteering on this hike.

March Chapter Meeting via Zoom - March 21

The Chippewa Moraine Chapter will hold its March Chapter Meeting on March 21st at 6:30 via Zoom.  Hopefully our next meeting will be in person.  If you plan to attend the meeting, please contact Vicki Christianson at and I will send you the link for the meeting.  Hope to see you there.

We Need a Name for Our Chapter Hiking Patch

Patch Name Suggestions (so far):

1.  Hike the High Hummocks

2.  Ice-Walled Lake Plainers

3.  Hike the Ice-Walled Lake Plain

4.  Obey the Obey   (oh-Bay the OH-bee)

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.  If you have an idea for a patch name, send your suggestion to Vicki Christianson at by March 15th.  We will vote on the Patch Name at the March Chapter Meeting.

Register for the 2022 Annual Conference

The Alliance is holding the Annual Conference in Stevens Point April 21-24.  You can register on the Ice Age Trail Alliance website: .  They are hosting hikes and speakers each day during the event.  The keynote speaker is Jennifer Pharr Davis, a record setting hiker who was featured in the 2020 IMAX film, “Into America’s Wild”.  She served on the President’s Council for Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.  They will also be featuring “Breaking Trail”, the documentary of Emily Ford’s winter through hike.  Registration is open.

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.  If you filled out the form prior to January 2022, you should fill out the new form.   Thank you to those of you who have taken care of this already.

To access the new  Volunteer Agreement, here is the link:     Please fill out the fillable form and email it to

NOTE:  The fillable boxes are on everything except the signature line.  You can fill in the rest of the document and then print it off.  Sign and then scan your document and save to your computer.  Then send it to Dan Watson as an attachment.  Or simply mail the signed document via snail mail.  Dan’s address is on the directions page that comes with the form.

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

Cover letter from Eric Gabriel NPS

IATA Volunteer Risk Assessment Tool


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 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!  

Monday, March 21 - 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 - Location Change:  Chippewa River Segment.

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

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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