New Section of Ice Age Trail Open for Business

by Free Speech on November 10, 2010

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Volunteers Add Another Mile to National Scenic Trail near Lodi

             Lodi, WI — You can now hike a mile farther on the Gibraltar Segment (formerly the Colsac Segment) of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail thanks to the efforts of volunteers during the latest Ice Age Trail Alliance Mobile Skills Crew trail building project, October 14th – 17th. A hearty crew of volunteers extended the Gibraltar Segment so that it now spans the full 2.5 miles between Slack Road and the Merrimac Ferry.

            “We couldn’t be happier with how this project turned out,” says Patti Herman of Lodi, volunteer coordinator of the IATA’s Lodi Valley Chapter. “Now, we’re looking forward to getting lots of folks out to see the new section…it’s a really spectacular piece of the Ice Age Trail.”

            You can view a map of the new segment (trailhead located near the intersection of Slack Road and Hillcrest Road, about 5 miles northwest of Lodi) at http://lodivalley.iceagetrail.org/hike-the-chapter. As with all segments of the Ice Age Trail, the newly constructed segment is open for walking, hiking, snowshoeing and ungroomed cross-country skiing. Hunting is not allowed at this time.

            Volunteers from throughout Wisconsin and beyond joined forces with the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s local Lodi Valley Chapter for the four-day event. In total, more than 180 volunteers, including Lodi Valley Chapter members, UW-Platteville students, the UW Hoofer Outing Club, Rethink Wisconsin, AmeriCorps PASS (Partners for After School Success) and REI-associated participants, contributed more than 3,400 hours to the project.

            As part of the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Mobile Skills Crew (MSC) program, each volunteer received free meals, a place to camp nearby and thorough training in trail-construction techniques and safety by MSC-certified volunteer crew leaders. The Ice Age Trail Alliance and its partners extend a huge thank you to all who pitched in and helped.

            In case you missed the event, there are still many opportunities to get involved. The 2011 Mobile Skills Crew events schedule will be announced around Thanksgiving and posted at www.iceagetrail.org. Getting involved with the Lodi Valley Chapter is a great way to help care for the Ice Age Trail locally. Contact volunteer coordinator Patti Herman (608-592-5666, billpatti@charter.net) to learn how you can pitch in.

            The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources. The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit volunteer- and member-based organization established in 1958 that works to create, support, protect and promote the Ice Age Trail. Visit www.iceagetrail.org for more information.

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