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Thank You! Greenwood and Straight Lake Mobile Skills Crew Projects

posted Jun 15, 2011, 6:46 AM by Jay Kline
The following came from the Ice Age Trail Alliance after the group of boys and adults training for Philmont performed a day's worth of service on the trail carrying lumber to build a bridge and boardwalk like the one in the picture.

Dear Ice Age Trail Supporter,
Thank you to those who participated in last week’s Ice Age Trail Alliance Mobile Skills Crew double-header trail-building events at the Greenwood State Wildlife Area in Waushara County AND at Straight Lake State Park in Polk County. Both events brought to conclusion years of visioning, planning, outreach and hard work in, at times, trying conditions. As a volunteer-based organization, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and its partners at the National Park Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources rely on volunteers like you to continue to be the driving force of our efforts to create, support and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Last week, together we did National Trails Day proud.
In Waushara County volunteers relocated one mile of the Greenwood Segment, separating snowmobile from pedestrian use and enabling close contact with a deep glacial kettle (pictured below). All told, 68 volunteers contributed over1,500 hours hand-crafting sustainable tread, installing trail signage and feeding the troops. You can view a map of the new segment by visiting ourwebsite.

In Polk County, volunteers officially opened for business six new miles known as the Trade River and Straight Lake segments. During the project week, 65 volunteers contributed over 1,500 hours building 154 feet of boardwalk (pictured above), 100 feet of rock wall and structures, and a half-mile of sustainable tread; painting over six miles of yellow blazes; feeding the troops; and more. Notably, 81 St. Croix Falls and Frederic high school students, Northwest Passage participants, and Boy Scouts of America volunteers contributed an additional 700 volunteer hours pre-project and set the stage for success. You can view a map of the new segments by visiting our website

In Waushara County, thank you to Constance Downey, Hestia’s Retreat, and the Coloma Lions for helping with diverse project support needs. Thank you to Waushara Industries and Waushara County Human Services. Thank you to all crew leaders and project team members for your leadership and skilled "Trail Eyes." Thank you to Waushara County Chapter members and volunteers, in particular Randy Lennartz, Barb and Lee Hazlett, Guy Kaplan, and Pat Connolly. BIG thanks to Debbie Krogwold and all the wonderful volunteers who worked tireless hours feeding the volunteers and providing cookies and other desserts. Thank you to Chris and Steve McDiarmid from Water Tower Wines and Edibles for donating organic cookies and wine samples. Thank you to Julie Cook for the homemade wine and impromptu tasting “event.” Thank you to Coloma Supermarket, Flyte Family Farms, and Johann’s Bar and Grill for business services and promotions.

In Polk County, thank you to Indianhead Chapter volunteers and chapter coordinator Dean Dversdall for your sustained determination and support and for hosting an unprecedented four large-scale MSC events within the span of 21 short months. Thanks to Fred and Edith Dalleska for the cases of Snapple. Thank you to many area businesses including the Wren Café, Wayne’s Market, Daeffler Meats, Pioneer Home, and Frandsen Bank. Thank you to Oak Forest Center, Luck and Frederic Schools, Boy Scout Troop 3369 and Northwest Passage Foundation.

As in all 30 counties that the Ice Age Trail does or will pass through, thank you to DNR staff - in this case Mike Bergum, Paul Samerdyke, Brigit Brown, and Kurt Dreger - for advance planning needs and assisting with field and base camp logistics and to the National Park Service for helping fund these outings and more. A complete summary of the many remarkable outcomes of the Straight Lake projects will be compiled and available in the near future.

The IATA strives to make sure that every volunteer’s experience is memorable and rewarding. Please reply to this email if there is anything that we can do to improve your experience. Your comments, questions and/or suggestions are encouraged and welcome. If you had a great time and want to shout it from the mountaintops, consider writing about your experience for our quarterly magazine, Mammoth Tales, by emailing We also encourage you to share your experience and invite your friends and family to sign up and join us for future events. And we welcome those of you who are not yet IATA members to help support our efforts by becoming a member. For information about membership, please visit our website.
Once again, thanks to all of you for all you do for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail!

The Greenwood and Straight Lake MSC Project Teams
NEXT UP on the MSC slate: Ice Age Trail University and the Plover River Segment!
June 22-26: Ice Age Trail University (IAT-U) features Chainsaw Safety, Crew Leadership and Skills, First Aid/CPR, and Camp Chef trainings throughout the week. There is still time to register and attend, but we need to hear from you ASAP. In the field, project opportunities include building a native-timber bridge, constructing a rock water crossing, 4-step tread, trail signage and more. Check ouronline MSC calendar for details on this project and your inbox for the email announcement to follow.
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