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Trailbuilding: Lodi Marsh Segment, Dane County
September 10 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Photo Credit: Cameron Gillie
In April we completed a major trail improvement at Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area by building a beautiful boardwalk. Well, it’s time for another trail improvement nearby.
We plan to build approximately 600 feet of new trail a short distance west of Lodi-Springfield Rd. This project will allow us to close a steep, eroding fall line section of IAT. Yes, I know. This “steep, eroding fall line trail” description is becoming a thing. We need to fix/replace these areas as increased trail usage and heavy rain events make them unsustainable. So, come on out, learn how to build trail and help us solve a problem!
What: Help build a new section of Ice Age National Scenic Trail
When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 10-11, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area. We will meet at the Robertson trailhead, Lodi-Springfield Rd. (See attached map)
Parking: There should be enough parking at the Robertson trailhead. Please be considerate of trail users by parking close to other cars, leaving open space for others.
How to dress/what to expect: We will be moving and piling brush, raking the trail corridor and constructing trail. All hand tools will be provided.
Please wear long pants and hiking boots or sturdy shoes with closed toes and socks. A sun hat is a good idea. Bring work gloves, at least two liters of water and snacks. There are mosquitos, so you may want insect repellent.
Volunteers will be organized into trail crews led by a trained crew leader.
Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program: The National Park Service asks that all volunteers file, on a yearly basis, a Volunteer Service Agreement form. In the unlikely event of an injury, a VIP’s medical expenses are covered by the federal government. If you have not filed a Volunteer Service Agreement in 2022, please do so before this trail event: https://www.iceagetrail.org/wp-content/uploads/Packet-Individual-301a-exp-10_2024.pdf
If you plan to help with this project, please reply to this message, telling me which days you plan to attend. This is very important, so I can plan for enough tools and equipment for the project.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
PS Have you ever wondered why it’s called the “Robertson” trailhead? See the attached info. Thank you Ms. Robertson for getting things started!