Trail Layout & Design Training – Blue Hills Segment

Overview:

2020 Trail Layout & Design Training

Sustainable trail layout and design (TL&D) is the difference between trails that last and those that don’t. This training is for committed trail workers who want to be an ongoing participant in the Ice Age National Scenic Trail’s development and stewardship.

Training outcomes will directly contribute to a proposed 17-mile reroute. Field work entails evaluating physical, biological, recreational and cultural attributes, identifying positive and negative control points, and methodically documenting findings and observations.

Rain or shine, we’ll explore sustainable TL&D concepts in and out of doors.

This event take’s place Wednesday October 21 through Saturday October 24 in the Blue Hills of Rusk County. A base camp will be at Murphy Flowage Recreation Area, near Birchwood, WI. After a 1/2-day training session, participants will divide into small crews to assess designated areas up to 5 square miles in area.

Crews will have minimal support while in the field. There is little to no cell reception. The Rusk County Forest is vast with few roads, access points. Terrain is rocky, uneven, and wet.

Participants must be able to commit to at least three days as described below.

TL&D as a process is strenuous hard work, physically demanding and requires perseverance in the field. A successful candidate for this training will be selected from a list of skill sets to include some of the following:

Criteria:

  • Ability to bushwhack up to 5-7 miles per day, with pack and equipment
  • Ability to use both compass and clinometer effectively
  • Experience reading/interpreting topo maps
  • Backpacking experience is required
  • First Aid/CPR certification is desired
  • A commitment of a minimum 3.5 days is required
  • Extensive trailbuilding experience at Mobile Skills Crew events is a must

Completing “Trail Safe” (link) is required. Trail Safe! consists of eight video lessons, each ranging in length from 18 to 40 minutes long. Viewing the entire eight lesson series will take approximately three hours. Watch them over the course of multiple days, or “binge watch” in three hours—it’s up to you—but please watch them in numeric order from Lesson 1 through Lesson 8.

Applications are accepted until Friday, September 25.

Application Link

See a map of the project area [PDF]

 

 

Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event – Ringle Segment, October 2020

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Overview:

With a little luck, this event starts the northern push of Phase 3 on the reimagined Ringle Segment. Boardwalk, bridge, stone – this is a keeper.

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer.

See a map of the project area [PDF]

Schedule:

Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. The project begins on Wednesday, October 7 and concludes Sunday, October 11. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon.

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear and toiletries.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.

 

Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event – Washington County

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Overview:

This 3-prong attack in the mid-Kettle Moraine features new trail, new bridges, and new opportunities for expanded Trail adventures around the City of West Bend.

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer.

See a map of the project area [PDF]

Schedule:

Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. The project begins on Thursday, September 17 and concludes Sunday, September 20. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon.

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear and toiletries.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.

 

Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event – LaBudde Creek Segment

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Overview:

“Buddy” is a quiet gem whose features grow on you with each visit. Join in and build 150 feet of boardwalk, tune-up 3 miles of trail, hop on a satellite crew for a special assignment or maybe…just maybe…glimpse the future with new trail development planned to the north.

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer.

See a map of the project area [PDF]

Schedule:

Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. The project begins on Thursday, August 20 and concludes Sunday, August 23. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon.

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear and toiletries.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.

 

Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event – Ringle Segment

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Overview:

Greatness in the making, this event celebrates connections, teamwork, and the 40th anniversary of Ice Age National Scenic Trail designation. Help put the exclamation point on 4.6 miles of new trail completed! Deep-woods stonework, tread construction, and more lies ahead.

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer.

See a map of the project area [PDF]

Schedule:

Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. The project begins on Wednesday, June 3 and concludes Sunday, June 7. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon.

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear and toiletries.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.

 

Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event – Montrose Segment

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Overview:

A vital connection in southern Dane County needs you. Help build 350 feet of boardwalk and fine-tune more than 2 miles of Trail.

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer.

See a map of the project area [PDF]

Schedule:

Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. The project begins on Tuesday, May 19 and concludes Thursday, May 21. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear and toiletries.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.

 

Brownrigg-Heir Preserve Native Tree Reforestation

Registration Coming Soon!

Overview:

Just a few weeks after Earth Day, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and volunteers will be hand planting 5,500 native trees on the Alliance owned Brownrigg-Heier Preserve. These trees will replace 8-acres of recently harvested Pine plantation, converting the area to a more natural and sustainable forest, with species estimated to have increased adaptive capacity to changing climate.

No previous experience is necessary. There will be roles for all ages and abilities.

See a map of the project area [PDF]

Schedule:

Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. The project begins on Thursday, May 7 and concludes Saturday, May 9. Planting  activities begin each day around 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m.

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.