Thank you to the 164 volunteers who gave 1,391 hours and contributed to this stewardship effort.
For the fourth year running, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) came together with volunteers to continue restoration efforts on the Gibraltar Rock Segment. Under bluebird skies, crews worked to remove the invading cedar forest from the slopes of the Steenbock Preserve. Thanks to your efforts, biodiversity will be increased and nearly six acres of historic prairie can begin to heal and reclaim the landscape.
As the project wrapped up, Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation, noted the critical role volunteers played in this amazingly successful event by saying, “The land is happier because of each of you. The Trail experience is better because of you. The kids learned and were immersed in the experience because of you. Great job everyone!”
A Special THANKS To:
- Lodi Ouisconsing School of Collaboration, whose dedicated teachers allowed their students to experience an outdoor classroom;
- The students for bringing positive attitudes and open minds about volunteer work and providing a raucous cheering section for the sawyers;
- Patti Herman for helping with making sure everyone was registered and signed in;
- Columbia County Department of Transportation for opening up their restrooms and providing parking for the project;
- Department of Natural Resources for allowing us access to the project site;
- USFWS for bringing top-notch sawyers and lending the use of their equipment;
- All experienced sawyers who donated not only their time (and eventually sore backs), but their equipment and fuel, too;
- Students and professors from UW-Baraboo for pitching in;
- Thanks to Sonic Foundry for providing a robust crew of swampers;
- Columbia County Dairy Promotion for donating cheese;
Generous Sponsors of the 2020 Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Season include:
Sitka Salmon Shares is offering all Ice Age Trail enthusiasts and trailbuilders a $25.00 discount on your purchase of a salmon or seafood share. They’ll donate $25.00 to our award-winning Mobile Skills Crew program.