2022 Trail Steward of the Year: Gerald “Jerry” Pfeifer

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Dave Caliebe, Trail Manager for the Ice Age Trail Alliance (right), congratulates Gerald "Jerry" Pfeifer, winner of the Trail Steward of the Year award for 2022. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

The Trail Steward of the Year award recognizes a volunteer whose work contributes in an extraordinary manner to Trail management and development.

These contributions include:

  • Strengthening landowner and/or partner relations;
  • Trail layout, design, and construction;
  • Significant trail maintenance and stewardship efforts.
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Winter Stewardship Event – IATA’s Muir Preserve, Thur. Jan. 30th – Fri. Jan. 31st.

Meet at John Muir County Park, N1424 Co Rd F, Montello, WI 53949, located just south of the Muir Preserve.

Register here


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!

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA will provide lunch in the field, however, no camping or organized overnight accommodations are provided for this winter stewardship event.

See a map of the project area [PDF]


Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. Work begins on Thursday, January 30, and concludes Friday, January 31. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:30 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

Special Notes:

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