The best place to hike through a wetland is…above it!
Piece-by-piece, 21 participants in the boardwalk training built two elevated boardwalks totaling 193 feet. Every measurement taken, every pan placed, every screw installed was an opportunity to learn and hone new skills.
With thousands of feet of existing boardwalks along the Trail nearing the end of their lifespan, the new class of boardwalk builders will help keep the Ice Age Trail open and safe for hikers.
Thanks to all who participated whether in the training, in the kitchen or with the staging of materials.
Two new boardwalks on the Eagle Segment in Waukesha County will ferry hikers for another generation and allow them to take the easy route across the swamp – above it.
- Pat Witkowski and the Waukesha/Milwaukee Chapter for their immense work before and during the event
- Anne Korman and Don Dane from the Kettle Moraine State Forest for their steadfast support of the Ice Age Trail and help securing permits, funding, storage and delivery of the boardwalk materials
- Steve Goehner of Goehner Industries for donating oak decking for the boardwalks
- Dolly McNulty for coming in on short notice to serve as Camp Chef
- Mark Struve, Mark Miner, Chet Anderson, and Bob Funk for helping teach the next generation of boardwalk builders
- Boy Scout Troops 19 and 54 for helping move materials to the worksites and Troop 49 for staging materials and lending a stove for base camp
2017 Mobile Skills Crew Sponsors:
This project was made possible, in part, by these generous sponsors who have stepped up to support the Trail program in 2017.