This year’s award recognized Chet Anderson of Saint Croix Falls. As Tim Malzhan, Director of Trail Operations, wrote in his nomination of Chet:
“Chet became acquainted with the Ice Age Trail in 2009 when he thru-hiked the entire Trail. Since then, Chet has become a Crew Leader in Good Standing, is one of the Alliance’s top boardwalk builders, and is a respected leader in the Indianhead Chapter and beyond.
He anchored the Alliance’s effort to improve the Trade River Segment…Chet thoroughly investigated unsafe boardwalk structures and provided needed documentation for planning purposes…In addition to his substantive local trail maintenance and stewardship efforts (trail mowing, chainsaw, signage) throughout Polk and Burnett County, Chet is a highly respected veteran at MSC events. As a Crew Leader, he enables everyone to engage in all the steps of boardwalk construction from digging in pans to adding the kickrail.
He gives generously of his time, his spirt, his talent and financially to make the Ice Age Trail the best it can be.”
Photo caption: Chet Anderson, also sporting an NPS jacket for 3,000 hours of volunteer service, accepts his IATA Trail Steward of the Year award from Mike Wollmer.
Photo by Adam Smith Photography, Chippewa Falls, WI