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Habitat Management: Gibraltar Rock Segment, Columbia County

February 17 @ 9:00 am - February 19 @ 3:00 pm

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail,

What We’re Doing
Shake off the winter blues with the annual felling of eastern red cedar at the Steenbock Preserve. Provided there is adequate snow cover, we’ll build and burn brush piles; remove invasive brush and trees from the prairie and savanna to reveal the viewshed of Lake Wisconsin and the Baraboo Hills.

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

Join us each day, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and learn what it takes to restore the savannas of the Steenbock Preserve. Download Project Area Map here (PDF).

We need swampers (volunteers who create brush piles), 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 by or before noon Tuesday, February 15, 2022. This allows our project team to assign work crews and properly plan for lunch.

Limit: 40 volunteers each day. So don’t wait to register. However, if you miss the deadline, please email Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation to find out if space is available. Email: [email protected]





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 gets you into the mix right away.

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

The event runs Thursday, February 17, 2022 through Saturday, February 19, and the hours each day are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Lunch is provided every day (grilled brats, hot dogs, vegetarian brats, and buns). Friday’s special treat: pizza! 

Parking, Volunteer Check-In, and Base Camp
Parking is located at the parking lot on Hwy 113 at the Colsac Ferry Crossing. Please follow the yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs (see map).

Parking may be limited this time of year, so please consider ride-sharing.

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

What to Bring
Bring winter-appropriate footwear such as insulated boots. Ice cleats (Micro Spikes, Yak Traks, etc.) and walking sticks are highly recommended for 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 their saws and PPE.

Looking Ahead

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.

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!

Happy Trails,

The Gibraltar Rock Segment Project Team


February 17 @ 9:00 am
February 19 @ 3:00 pm
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Kevin Thusius, IATA staff
(608) 798-4453
kevin at iceagetrail dot org