Burning Brush Prepares for New Trail

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Mobile Skills Crew, Interpretive Site, Dane County, MSC

Photo by Rachel Roberts.

Saturday afternoon, 4 p.m.: Muscles sore after two days of hauling brush and wielding saws. Pots and pans dirtied from cooking two days’ worth of chili. Leaving the woods, you looked back to see a broad swath, 50-to 100-feet wide, newly cleared of buckthorn, slippery elm, and widow makers; of white and red oak freed of encroaching invaders; and, of yellow pin flags, curving through the woods, awaiting your return.

Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for your generous spirit, your passion, your faith in community and your willingness to embrace the power of teamwork one step, one kerf, one pin flag at a time.

Special THANKS to:

  • To Tom Wise and Dave Lonsdorf for trying on a new hat – that of being Technical Advisors, e.g. itinerant teacher – and wearing it well.
  • To Marilyn Chohaney for two days and nights of chopping, planning, and preparing for lunches.
  • To Bob Kaspar and Ed Spoon for always-exemplary Crew Leader Manager duty.
  • To all Crew Leaders and Sawyers for safely leading the way.
  • To Tess Mulrooney for communication hub services.
  • To all first-time and all returning Ice Age Trail volunteers – welcome!!
  • To Crossroads Coffeehouse for providing delicious hot coffee.
  • 72 volunteers donated 827 hours working safely, having fun, and moving us closer to opening a new mile of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Interpretive Site, Mobile Skills Crew, Trailbuilding 2019

Photo by Rachel Roberts.

Project Specific Funding: 

This project was made possible thanks to Dane County Capital Infrastructure grant agreement.

Happy Spring! The next Mobile Skills Crew adventure occurs April 25 – 27 on the reimagined Ringle Segment in Marathon County.  We’re building new trail on permanently protected land and we hope to see you there!

Ringle Segment project registration here.

Happy Trails,
The MSC Ice Age Interpretive Site Project Team