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Constructing new section of Ice Age Trail in Chippewa County


Chippewa County (WQOW) - The Ice Age Trail stretches across 1,000 miles of Wisconsin and Wednesday volunteers were building a new section in Chippewa County. 

Organizers are forging a new section and to benefit generations who enjoy exploring the trail.

"This is all new trail.  There will be very little change in the total trail miles on this particular section after we're through with it," says Tim Malzhan, director of trail construction.

One and a half miles of the Ice Age Trail are being cut.

To move part of the existing trail Northwest of Cornell from private lands to public protected land around the lakes at the Girl Scout Camp Nawakwa.

"Then we know that our investment is going to last in the trail and we can make it premiere," says Malzhan.

And ensure it will remain open for generations by constructing it with a volunteer force.

"I enjoy doing it so it's great to be with the fellow classmates here, doing this with them," says Bloomer senior Clint Heinze.

The Bloomer High School senior class dedicated a day to fulfill a service learning credit the dirty way.

"This is a great opportunity for them to continue working on the Ice Age Trail as part of our service learning project.  It's always something that we can do and it's always something that our community needs," says physical education teacher Julie Koehler.

"Volunteers are absolutely key.  Without volunteers, the Ice Age Trail would just be a line on a map that would have no real connection to reality," says Malzhan.

The trail association doesn't always receive such an energetic workforce, but they welcome the help.

"Some of them have never been outside in the woods and a few of them have.  They're finding that getting dirty is kind of a good time," says Koehler.

"I've done trails before.  It's slightly different because it's mainly for hiking trails rather than running, so it's smaller trails and it's on some tougher terrain... so it's still a challenge," says Heinze.

The trail association is still looking for volunteers the rest of this week starting at 8 a.m. 

Tools and meals are provided and the construction of the mile and a half section wraps up Sunday at noon.

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