Wow! For the second time this year, generous donors stepped up to help the Ice Age Trail Alliance permanently protect a future home of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The support of 111 donors will help create a 64-acre preserve along Rice Lake and Rice Lake Creek in Marathon County.
Fundamental to this campaign’s success was Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust, which also kindly supported our efforts to protect and expand the Rice Lake Preserve.
The preserve will permanently protect:
- 1 mile of future Ice Age National Scenic Trail, interrupting up a 26-mile-long road walk;
- A pre-settlement northern white cedar forest;
- Majestic hemlock and white pine stands;
- 2,620 feet of pristine, structure-free shoreline.
We look forward to building a new section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and expanding access to a Dispersed Camping Area for long-distance hikers. The trail layout and design process will begin in 2021, with construction slated for 2022!
Thank you for your support!