In typical April fashion, 40 volunteers experienced all four seasons over three workdays. Each day brought a surprise. Would it rain or snow? Who would lose a boot to the marsh? The only thing volunteers knew for certain: two-inch thick, white oak deck boards are heavier than they look. Nevertheless, they tackled it all with good humor – laughter was as common a sound as the squelching of muck boots.
Volunteers donated 1,160 hours to build an artistically designed boardwalk constructed of beautiful, rough-sawn, white oak boards providing durability and superior traction. It also features a custom-designed circular bump-out offering a view into the wetland and a safe place for hikers to pass one another. This unique boardwalk is a gem – hike the Lodi Marsh Segment and see it for yourself.
For making this project possible, special thanks to:
- A $10,000 Two for the Trails grant, a program of Athletic Brewing Co., the nation’s leading non-alcoholic craft brewery, helped fund the boardwalk.
- Thomas Ferrella – his generosity enabled us to upgrade the wood used for the Lodi Marsh boardwalk build. Rough-sawn white oak. It’s better for wetlands (less chemicals) and better for hikers (better traction).
- The Dane County and Lodi Valley Chapter members – they helped build boardwalk frames before the project and were crucial project participants.
- Paula and the Lodi Middle School Trail Trekkers.
- Bill Welch and Patti Herman for making homemade chili, muffins, and cookies.
May 18 – 22, Rib Lake Segment, Taylor County
Come prepared to cut fresh tread along the terminal moraine as we begin building four brand-new miles of Trail. This is the first of several projects, which will fill in the gaps along this segment.
Generous Sponsors of the 2022 MSC Trailbuilding Season include: