Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter
The Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter relies very heavily on
volunteers to maintain the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and report
any trail issues so they can be addressed quickly. If you'd like to lend a hand with some of the most rewarding volunteer work you'll find, please contact our chapter's Trail Maintenance Manager, Pat (262-490-3515).
In addition to the "standard" tasks for which we often need volunteer help (e.g., mowing the Trail), we also have a variety of special projects available.
Certified Chainsaw Operators
Following heavy rains and/or winds, many trees fall. Sometimes they land on the Trail and need to be removed so that the Trail is passable for users. We have plenty of work for individuals who are certified chainsaw operators, or who wish to become certified.
Trail Signage Volunteers
Signs are very important so that hikers know where to go. They need to be updated continuously because over time, they begin to look worn as the colors fade due to the sunlight. We have got all the tools you would need and training is available for people who are interested in learning how to sign a trail properly. There can be a fine line between “sign pollution” (too much) and insufficient signage (too little). Excessive signage can become a distraction, and too little may result in hikers wandering off the path. This is a great way to get some exercise and contribute to the maintenance of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
If you are someone who enjoys more physical work, we have got something for you, too. Our posts are wood, and like anything else that is outdoors, they wear out after a certain period of time, and need to be replaced. We also have boardwalks, puncheons, kiosks, and benches that need to be constructed. This is a perfect job to satisfy that hidden desire to be a carpenter in some of us.
Hike Leaders and Coordinators
We have seen an increase in interest for our sponsored hikes. We have approximately 6-8 of them per calendar year, and with the growing numbers, we have recognized that it has become necessary to share some of the responsibilities among several individuals. Training would be provided. If you are an outdoor enthusiast who would like to share your knowledge of glacial formations, birds, plantlife, or past hiking experiences, please consider this volunteer opportunity.
Non-native and Invasive Plantlife Removal
Depending upon the time of year, we have crews who focus on the removal of invasive species in Wisconsin. Some plantlife that we are attempting to control includes: Garlic Mustard, Black Locust, Buckthorn, and Honeysuckle. Identifying and knowing the proper ways to control and remove them requires some training, which is provided. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact us.