Despite the Weather, Cheerful Group Works Today on Ice Age Trail Unit
October 10, 2018
Despite dreary weather, it was a cheerful group at the staging area for an Ice Age Trail work event at Jack Lake this morning.
The Ice Age Trail Alliance Mobile Skills Crew, augmented by volunteers from the area, will spend the next week rerouting a 10-mile portion of The Old Railroad Segment to allow the expansion of the Augustyn Springs-Bass Lake all-terrain vehicle trail between County Highway A and State Highway 45.
This morning the volunteers gathered at the staging area, located at the South Shore Group Camp Site at Veterans Memorial Park at Jack Lake to go over assignments and get to work.
But first, they got a few words of encouragement from Joe Jopek, the “dean” of the Ice Age Trail in this area.
Joe Jopek, the dean of the Ice Age Trail in Langlade County,
addressed the mobile skills crew this morning.
“Welcome to Langlade County,” Jopek, joined by Dave Tlusty, Sam Picone and Lee Auner, said. “Be safe, have fun and enjoy your time here.”
Jopek has participated in building hundreds of Ice Age Trail miles and has hiked hundreds more, but he is staying on the sidelines for this event, offering encouragement and logistical support.
Work actually got started last week when Antigo High School forest science students worked along the segment, and the volunteers will be joined on Friday by a crew from the Antigo Rotary Club, providing funding and manpower for a bridge and boardwalk segment near Highway A.
The new route will showcase hidden gems that even the most dedicated hikers may not know exist, including old growth white pines, stands of hemlock and a tiny no-name lake.
In addition to the trail building event, local volunteers are needed to help with ongoing maintenance of Ice Age Trail segments in Langlade County. Those who would like to get involved should contact Jopek, Langlade County volunteer chapter coordinator (715-623-2645, firstname.lastname@example.org).