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Local Residents Honored For Role In Ice Age Trail Program

April 25, 2016

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

Four Langlade County resident were recognized recently at the annual Ice Age Trail Alliance conference held in Rothschild.

Sam Picone of Summit Lake and Lee Auner of Deerbrook received In-The-Mud Awards, given to volunteer/members who display dedication to the mission and goals of the alliance and a willingness to roll up their sleeves on behalf of the Ice Age Trail.

In addition, Don Belanger and Lon Malzahn of Antigo received recognition at this year’s conference by the National Park Service’s Volunteers-In-Parks program for their service to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail here.

The Langlade Ice Age Trail Chapter is one of twenty-two local volunteer groups affiliated with the alliance based at Cross Plains. It will host its first hike of the season Saturday over a five-mile stretch of the Old Railroad Segment north of Antigo. Interested hikers are invited to meet at the forestry office at the fairgrounds for carpooling at 9 a.m.

The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail stretching 1,200 miles across Wisconsin. The trail is administered by the National Park Service, and is constructed and maintained by private and public agencies including the Ice Age Trail Alliance, a non-profit member- and volunteer-based organization with 21 local chapters.

The trail roughly follows the location of the terminal moraine from the last Ice Age. As the route traverses the moraine, it sometimes meanders into areas west of the moraine, including the Driftless Area in southwestern Wisconsin. The trail passes through 30 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, from the northwestern part of the state to the Lake Michigan shoreline in the east. The western end of the trail is at Interstate State Park along the St. Croix River. The eastern terminus of the Ice Age Trail lies at Potawatomi State Park, along the Door Peninsula off of Sturgeon Bay.

Langlade County is home to five trail segments: Kettlebowl, 13 miles; Lumbercamp, 12 miles; Old Railroad, 9.5 miles; Highland Lakes, 13.5 miles; and Parrish Hills, 12 miles; with connections to trails in Lincoln and Marathon counties.

Information on becoming a chapter volunteer is available at or by contacting Joe Jopek, chapter coordinator.

Joe Jopek (right), Langlade County Ice Age Trail coordinator, presents one of two In-The Mud Awards to Sam Picone of Summit Lake.

Joe Jopek (right), Langlade County Ice Age Trail coordinator,
presents one of two In-The Mud Awards
to Sam Picone of Summit Lake.

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