August is prime time for community festivals big and small, celebrating the heart of each locale. Last week’s MSC event in Sauk and Columbia Counties rolled out the big top, anchored by four heavyweights of the Ice Age Trail – stonework, trailbuilding, woodworking, and most importantly, learning. These four anchors held the big top sturdy through high winds and downpours. These four anchors play a key part, every day, along the Ice Age Trail, expanding the big top to include more volunteers and hikers.
In all, 118 volunteers lent themselves to one or more of the anchors for 2,835 hours. Four distinct IAT-U seminars offered a total of eight training sessions: Camp Chef, Property Monitoring; Chain Saw Certification; and First Aid & CPR. Hands-on learning extended to opening a 268-foot bridge and boardwalk. Over a third of a mile was cleared and prepared for construction and 18 rock steps and five walls were built.
• Linda Lynch and Riverland Conservancy for providing base camp, funding and assistance before the event
• REI and the National Park Service for financial support
• Bob Thompson for drinking water
• State Assemblyman Dave Considine for touring the work site and getting to know the Trail and volunteers
• Baraboo Hills and Lodi Valley chapters for snacks and help before and during the event
• Neal and Donna Meier for their tireless efforts with project support and running errands to keep the project moving forward
• Village of Merrimac for use of the Village Hall for training sessions
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Cooler temps and the changing leaves of autumn welcome us to Polk County towards the western end of the Ice Age Trail. Join us September 14-18 near Luck to construct new boardwalk, fix up older boardwalk and open four new dispersed camping areas.