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]

 

 

Reconnect: Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event – Ringle Segment, October 5-11, 2020

Register here

Overview:

This SIGNATURE EVENT commemorates the 40th anniversary of Ice Age National Scenic Trail designation, and continues new trail construction in the heart of the reimagined Ringle Segment.

Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:

  • 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.
  • Please complete this COVID-19 OF-301A Fillable Form.
  • The National Park Service (NPS) requires every volunteer to complete a COVID-19 OF-301A Volunteer Service Agreement, whether you are a new IATA volunteer or a returning volunteer who has not yet filled out the post-March 24, 2020 version of this form.
  • Please email the completed form to Dan Watson, NPS Volunteer Coordinator, ([email protected]).
  • Dan will reply to you with a signed copy of the form.

Please read through these documents as they provide additional safety guidelines:

  1. A Cover Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent[PDF]
  2. IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool[PDF]
  3. Covid19Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)[PDF]

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. 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 Monday, October 5 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. Stay tuned for updates to Base Camp options.
  • 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.

 

Reconnect: Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event – Washington County

Register here

Overview:

Recovery continues! This event ranges wide to include the West Bend, Kewaskum and Holy Hill segments. Goals include new boardwalk construction, building new and improving existing trail.

Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:

  • 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.
  • Please complete this COVID-19 OF-301A Fillable Form.
  • The National Park Service (NPS) requires every volunteer to complete a COVID-19 OF-301A Volunteer Service Agreement, whether you are a new IATA volunteer or a returning volunteer who has not yet filled out the post-March 24, 2020 version of this form.
  • Please email the completed form to Dan Watson, NPS Volunteer Coordinator, ([email protected]).
  • Dan will reply to you with a signed copy of the form.

Please read through these documents as they provide additional safety guidelines:

  1. A Cover Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent[PDF]
  2. IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool[PDF]
  3. Covid19Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)[PDF]

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. 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, 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. Stay tuned for updates to Base Camp and project support plans.
  • 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.

 

Reconnect: Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event – LaBudde Creek Segment

Thank you for your interest. Registration has reached capacity and is closed.

Register here

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.

Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:

  • 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.
  • Please complete this COVID-19 OF-301A Fillable Form.
  • The National Park Service (NPS) requires every volunteer to complete a COVID-19 OF-301A Volunteer Service Agreement, whether you are a new IATA volunteer or a returning volunteer who has not yet filled out the post-March 24, 2020 version of this form.
  • Please email the completed form to Dan Watson, NPS Volunteer Coordinator, ([email protected]).
  • Dan will reply to you with a signed copy of the form.

Please read through these documents as they provide additional safety guidelines:

  1. A Cover Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent[PDF]
  2. IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool[PDF]
  3. Covid19Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)[PDF]

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. 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, 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. Stay tuned for updates to Base Camp and project support as they are available.
  • 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 – Postponed

NOTICE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the concern for the health of volunteers and staff, we have postponed this project until further notice.

Our priority is to keep everyone safe. Please stay tuned for further information.

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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: Postponed

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.