Volunteers Rise to the Challenge

59 volunteers committed 1,471 hours of service to keeping the Ice Age Trail open.


The following post was written by our wonderful member Ice Age Trail Alliance.

Keeping 15 miles of hard-to-access Ice Age Trail open and passable through rough, rocky terrain is no easy task. It takes a certain amount of grit to volunteer for a project of this magnitude, and 59 volunteers rose to the challenge and committed 1,471 hours to this worthy cause.

The Blue Hills are a gem and, thanks to your service and stewardship, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is in fine condition for enjoyment by visitors from far and wide.


  • Operated 4 mowers for 90+ hours
  • Skillfully and safely operated 7 chainsaws, clearing dozens of down and hazardous trees from on and across the trail
  • Cleared encroaching brush with 3 gas-powered weed whackers, fit with metal cutting blades
  • Rehabbed ¼ mile of tread
  • Installed trail signage posts and thoughtfully painted several hundred reassurance markers – the iconic 2×6 yellow blaze

In all, 14+ miles of the Ice Age Trail were made open, passable and readily follow-able.

Special Thanks:

  • YOU!!
  • The Rusk County Forestry Department for use of the Murphy Flowage day use area for camping and base camp needs
  • All 18 Chippewa Moraine chapter members for pitching in to help a neighboring chapter and the MSC program
  • The Superior Lobe and Chippewa chapters and all individuals who loaned or provided power equipment
  • Fred Nash for pre-event planning and logistics
  • Thelma Johnson (Camp Chef), Letitia Koppa, Carol Johnson and Donna Pachaud for the amazing meals (and rhubarb galore!) that kept everyone fed and full of energy
  • Chris and Stephen McDiarmid of Gorilly Goods for the delicious organic snacks
  • Jennie-O Turkey for the tasty sandwich meats for our hand-prepared lunches
  • Jerry Sazama and all crew leaders for your dedication and leadership

Next Up:

IAT-U and Boardwalk Construction, June 21-25; summer camp for Trail wizards and lots of hand-on learning. Details here.

We’re heading to Kewaunee County to raise dollars for the IATA by serving good grub at Farm Technology Days, July 11 – 13. Details here.