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Mobile Skills Crew 2020 Trailbuilding Events

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Reconnect Events Map

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Reconnect Events, Reconnect Event mapNOTICE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our concern for the health of volunteers and staff, our Mobile Skills Crew events calendar has been folded into our Reconnect initiative.

Many previously announced projects have been reimagined and retooled to address maintenance needs resulting from record use of the Trail, the impact of this past winter, and the ongoing necessity for seasonal mowing, brushing, signage and infrastructure repair or new installations.

Our priority is to keep everyone safe.

We’re excited to have you join us, however, please know the symptoms of the coronavirus and be prepared to STAY HOME if you exhibit any of them. Please visit the CDC website and view the symptoms listed there. Consider using the Self-Checker, an interactive guide, located mid-way down the page, which can help you make your decision. Go there now.

Learn more and Reconnect with the Ice Age Trail, here.

Check out the interactive Season at a Glance!

This resource displays the events coming up as well as the status of completed projects with outcomes maps and links to photos.

Download Season at a Glance!

Download a copy of the Season at a Glance and post it on the door of your fridge to inspire you. Join us out on the Trail for a season of stewardship work and lots of memory-making fun.

Date

Event Name

The Big Picture

Post-Event Resources

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Thursday, September 17
Friday, September 18
Saturday, September 19
Sunday, September 20
 (1/2 day)

Come for the day, the entire event, or whatever length of time your schedule allows.

West Bend Segment
Washington County

Event Map

Event Info & Registration

This event ranges wide to include the West Bend, Kewaskum, and Holy Hill segments. Goals include new boardwalk construction and building new and improving existing Trail. Project support availability will be announced closer to the event.

Post-Event Photos

Project Outcomes Map

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

Wednesday, October 7
Thursday, October 8
Friday, October 9
Saturday, October 10
Sunday, October 11
 (1/2 day)

Come for the day, the entire event, or whatever length of time your schedule allows.

Ringle Segment
Signature Event
Marathon County

Event Map

Event Info & Registration

Help put the exclamation point on 4.6 miles of new trail completed! Deep-woods stonework, tread construction, and more lies ahead along this re-imagined segment.

Note: The off-site 2019 awards recognition event is cancelled due to health and safety concerns of the pandemic.

Post-Event Photos

Project Outcomes Map

Completed Projects for 2020 Trailbuilding Season

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Thursday, August 20
Friday, August 21
Saturday, August 22
Sunday, August 23
 (1/2 day)

Come for the day, the entire event, or whatever length of time your schedule allows.

LaBudde Creek Segment
Trailbuilding Event
Sheboygan County

Event Map

Event Info & Registration

This event carries forward and extends the geographic reach of our pre Covid-19 MSC plans.  Trail work includes 150 feet of new boardwalk, tread maintenance, signage upgrades, and Trail design and layout. Project support availability will be announced closer to the event.

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Thursday, July 30
Friday, July 31
Saturday, August 1
Sunday, August 2

Commitment for 2-day Chainsaw Training is required, with preference to existing, active local/statewide sawyers.

Chainsaw Training
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Taylor County

Event Map (coming soon)

Chainsaw Application required
Click Here to download application

Be one of the first of 24 Ice Age Trail Alliance volunteers to be nationally certified in safe chainsaw use.  Back to back two-day courses are capped at 12 participants each. Location is in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Application deadline is July 1.

Post-Event Photos

Project Outcomes Map

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Volunteering, Mowing, Lapham Peak

July 9 & 10: Join the Blue Hills and the Chippewa Moraine Chapter as they create passable trail in Rusk County; details HERE.

July 11: Join the Dane County Chapter as they tackle new trail construction on Timber Lane; details HERE.

July 18: Join the Dane County Chapter as they continue the project on Timber Lane; details HERE.

July 18: Join the Central Moraines Chapter as they clear corridor in anticipation of the October MSC event; details HERE.

July 25: Join the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter as they remove invasives and update signage; details HERE.

July 31 & August 1: Join the High Point Chapter as they create passable trail in Taylor County; details HERE.

July 25: Join the Lodi Valley Chapter (Southern Columbia County) as they remove buckthorn, improve signage, and repair tread; details HERE.

July 30 & 31: Join the Waushara County Chapter as they reroute trail; details HERE.

August 5 & 6: Join the Lakeshore Chapter as they cut and assemble boardwalk frames in preparation for the August 20 – 23 MSC event; details HERE.

August 15: Join the Lodi Valley Chapter as they clear corridor and address erosion by improving water flow across tread; details HERE.

September 2: Join the Baraboo Hills/Heritage Chapter as they create passable trail in Sauk County; details HERE.

JULY & AUGUST Chapter-Led Reconnect Events

Reconnect with the Ice Age Trail and pitch in to help Chapters of the Ice Age Trail Alliance restore open, passable, and navigable Trail conditions. Priorities at these locate events, occurring statewide, include trail mowing, removing invasives, trimming back brush, and clearing downed trees.

Crew Leaders and experienced hands needed!

Post-Event Photos

Project Outcomes Map

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

Thursday, Feb  27
Friday, Feb 28
Saturday, Feb 29

Come for the day, the entire event, or whatever length of time your schedule allows.
No camping or overnight lodging provided.

Gibraltar Rock Segment,
Columbia County

Event Map

Event Info & Registration

“Gib” first opened in 2005 to instant acclaim. This event enhances the Trail experience by clearing eastern red cedar and gets a jump on spring to-dos.  Sawyers, all-important swampers, and crew leaders needed!

2020 Mobile Skills Crew event, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance

Wednesday, Feb 5
Thursday, Feb 6
Friday, Feb 7
Saturday, Feb 8

Come for the day, the entire event, or whatever length of time your schedule allows.
Limited overnight accommodations available.

Holy Hill Segment,
Washington County

Event Map

Event Info & Registration

High water in 2018 and a Polar Vortex in 2019 chilled efforts to build 574 feet of sorely needed elevated boardwalk. Weather dependent and sure to excite. BONUS – Saturday, the Winter Rendezvous returns!! See below for details.

Saturday, February 8
2:00 pm to ??
No Cost: Bring Your Own Fun 

The Winter Rendezvous this year will be an ‘organic’ event, located at the scenic Hall and Chapel in Glacier Hills County Park in Washington County.

Click Here for Event Listing and information!

Glacier Hills County Park
1664 Friess Lake Rd.
Hubertus, WI 53033
Washington County

Event Map

No Event Registration Required
(Email [email protected] with interest or questions)

The venue is located just a handful of miles from the Waterford Road boardwalk project taking place February 5-8, and just a few miles away from Holy Hill in the scenic Kettle Moraine in Southeast Wisconsin.

Mobile Skills Crew event John Muir Segment January 30 - 31

Thursday, January 30
Friday, January 31

Come for the day, the entire event, or whatever length of time your schedule allows.
No camping or overnight lodging provided.

John Muir Segment,
Marquette County

Event Map

Event Info & Registration

Collaborative events create new and enhance existing Trail experiences. Get your feet on the ground where John Muir trod to reestablish prairie and prep for new tread. Sawyers, swampers, and crew leaders needed!

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