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Habitat Management: Cross Plains Segment, Dane County

February 4 @ 9:00 am - February 6 @ 3:30 pm

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail, Trailbuilding events, Stewardship events, Mobile Skills Crew events

What We’re Doing
Invasive trees and brush ring the remnant prairie atop the eight-acre raised bedrock formation affectionately named Mammoth’s Back. To preserve the hilltop prairie and promote a healthy native ecosystem, we will continue to cut, treat, and burn invasive brush species.

Join us each day, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday, to help restore the hillside to its natural glory. Project area map (PDF).

We need swampers (volunteers who haul brush for the fire) and brush-cutters. Certified sawyers are welcome and encouraged to bring their chainsaw and PPE.

To help us plan this event with your needs in mind, please register before or by noon on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Limit: 40 volunteers – so don’t wait to register!




All Talents and Abilities Welcome!
No experience is necessary and there’s a role for volunteers of all ages and abilities. Hands-on training provided by certified and friendly volunteer crew leaders will get you into the mix right away.

Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event.

The event runs Friday, February 4 through Sunday, February 6, and the hours each day are 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lunch is provided every day (grilled brats and buns).

Parking, Volunteer Check-In, and Base Camp
Parking is located off Stagecoach Road in the Mammoth’s Back Preserve parking lot and along the roadway. Registrants will get specific instructions a day or two before the event. Please follow the yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs (see map).

Parking may be limited, so please consider ride-sharing.

There is no overnight camping or base camp for this project.

What to Bring
• Bring winter-appropriate footwear. If snowy/icy, consider snowshoes and ice cleats (Micro Spikes, Yak Traks, etc.) for secure footing.
• A plastic sled and/or backpack for hauling gear may prove helpful.
• Appropriate ‘near-fire’ clothing (no synthetics – leave that fancy coat at home).
• Clothing to dress in layers (for warmth and to keep dry).
• A daypack, sunscreen, and leather gloves.
• A water bottle(s) and a thermos filled with a warm beverage.
• Certified sawyers are welcome and encouraged to bring your own saw and PPE.

Looking Ahead
February 17 – 19, Gibraltar Rock Segment, Columbia County
Felling, piling, and burning eastern red cedar continues at the Steenbock Preserve. Join us as we pull back the cedar curtain and unveil the view of Lake Wisconsin and the Baraboo Hills.

Register today (link).

Want to know what’s in store for the entire season? Visit:  2022 Trailbuilding and Habitat Management Events.

Please contact Brad Crary (262-370-2995) or the IATA office (800-227-0046).

We hope to see you soon!


February 4 @ 9:00 am
February 6 @ 3:30 pm
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Kevin Thusius, IATA staff
(608) 798-4453
kevin at iceagetrail dot org


Dane, Cross Plains, Mammoth’s Back
Stagecoach Road
Cross Plains, WI United States
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