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County's Ice Age Trail Segments to be featured on TV Tourism Program

October 12, 2012

Langade County’s segments of the Ice Age Trail will be featured in an upcoming episode of Discover Wisconsin, produced in partnership with the Ice Age Trail Alliance of Cross Plains.

Shot over the past year, the episode will air Saturday and Sunday on the Discover Wisconsin broadcast network, reaching almost 480,000 viewers across the upper Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northern Illinois and Upper Michigan.

The program will air locally on WAOW-TV 9 on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Produced in cooperation with the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation, Merrill Chamber of Commerce, the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce, the program will focus on the geology that gives the Ice Age National Scenic Trail its name as revealed.

Winding over 1,000 miles across Wisconsin, the Ice Age Trail requires year-round attention. A network of volunteers, including many in Langlade County, donates their time to build, improve and maintain the trail.

"There's a message that this trail has that resonates with more and more people; it's humbling," Mike Wollmer, Ice Age Trail Alliance executive director, said. "Last year volunteers gave a total of 65,000 hours."

The broadcast will include a bird's eye view of moraines, hummocks and kettles in Lincoln County, and focus on how glatiation enriched the soil of Langlade County. Host Emma Fiink will also help clear a brand new section of trail in Waupaca County, and meet an inspirational volunteer in Waushara County.

The episode's producer, Chad Diedrick, hopes learning about the geology of the trail will inspire viewers to rediscover it.

"When you understand that something occurring 12,000 years ago formed the ground you're walking on today, you appreciate the experience more," he said.

This is the second of the series of Discover Wisconsin episodes featuring the Ice Age Trail. Production and planning is already in progress for the third episode covering the southern portion of the trail.

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