Volunteers Build New Segment of Ice Age Trail in Chippewa County

Tom Giffey

Crews of volunteers ranging from all-terrain vehicle users to high school students collaborated to build a 1.7-mile segment for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Chippewa County earlier this month. The workers were continuing a project started in April, and focused on building sidehill trails and rock retaining walls along steep slopes in a remote, wooded area west of Cornell near Firth Lake. Prompted by the expansion of a nearby ATV trail in the Chippewa County Forest, the project was intended to ensure that nonmotorized trail users – in other words, those who travel on foot – had a path to themselves. Volunteers included members of the Chippewa Valley All-Terrain Vehicle Club, the Wisconsin Conservation Corps, and the entire senior class from Bloomer High School, who banded together as part of an Ice Age Trail Alliance Mobile Skills Crew event. The Ice Age Trail – the only trail in Wisconsin officially designated as a State Scenic Trail – runs for more than 1,000 miles across the state. Learn more at iceagetrail.org