Country Today in Eau-Claire, Wisconsin
24 Jul 1985

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24 Jul 1985

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Eau Claire Country Today (Newspaper) - July 24, 1985, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Wed., july 24. 1985 ice age Trail volunteers still hopeful Madison its been almost 30 years since the ice age Trail was first proposed in Wisconsin and realists admit it probably never will be completely finished. But that Hasni to stopped organizers and volunteers from putting Forth a renewed Effort to piece together a 1,000-mile off Road Trail for recreational and educational use in the state. Gary Werner is just completing his second year As coordinator of the ice age Trail project. He was contracted by the ice age Trail Council As the first full time employee of the group that was first organized in the late 1950s. A i think its Safe to say that we be seen substantial Progress in the past two years a or. Werner said. A while the idea has been around a Long time a lot of what has happened in the last two years has helped to renew the idea of the organization and convince people that we Are serious about what we re doing. We be been building the organization at the grass roots level and that takes the ice age Trail is proposed As an All season off Road Footpath for use by hikers backpackers Cross country skiers and students of nature. Its route generally follows the terminal Moraine of the most recent Glacier that receded from Wisconsin 10,000 years ago. An educational As Well As recreational resource the Trail is designed to allow people to the ice age Trail a thousand he Obenland Footpath along Tai glacial hang in i Wisconsin established Trail a pro Soaad Trail sponsored to the ice Ace Pasi and Tia in foundation 760 North water Straat Sutta 1600 Hil Waukau Wincon in 5 202 Norman c. Luth Kraal Dent Tuo cobia state Tiu in 2. Husk county Forl St. Crippen county Forest a. National Forest 5. Langlais county Forest 6. Nah athon county Forest 7. Levies Lafe state pare 8. Sugar Niver state Trail 9. Elk True Nona ins state Forest to. Ahnagee state Trail explore on foot significant features of Wisconsin a glacial landscape. The Trail proposed to pass through 26 of Wisconsin a 72 counties would link most of the units of the ice age National scientific Reserve As Well As Many state county and local Parks and recreation areas. Approximately 350 of tile Esti mated 1.000 Miles of the Trail outdoor notes Deer damage Bill hearing held hearings were held this morning on two Bills introduced to establish new methods for dealing with Deer crop damage and Beaver control. A the present Der control methods in these two problem areas have simply not been effective a said rep. John Volk a Wabeno sponsor of the two Bills. Hearings were held at 8 30 . Today at the state Capitol. Or. Volk said Farmers of the state a Are facing a serious hardship in trying to control the damage done to their crops by Deer herds and sportsmen contend that Beaver damage to valuable Trout dreams is occurring virtually unchecked. I believe comprehensive action must be taken his Beaver control Bill would require the Der to pay a $10 subsidy or Bounty for each Beaver Pelt a licensed trapper takes during the regular state trapping season. The program would be funded from Trout stamp revenues. Rep. Volks Deer damage control Bill would allow Farmers who Are sustaining significant Deer damage to their crops to apply to the Der for special permits that would allow the Farmer and two others to Harvest an unlimited number of Deer in the area where the damage is occurring. The Bill also would lift restrictions governing Deer shining and the transportation of loaded firearms in an automobile for persons holding the special permits. According to or. Volk existing Der regulations have not helped either the Deer or Beaver damage problems. Der gun auction is saturday at Bra the department of natural resources will auction off surplus Der equipment confiscated rifles and shotguns and farm tractors at he Der office at Black River Falls starting at to . This saturday. The office is just off the Hwy. 54-1-94 interchange. Guns that will be sold to the highest bidders Are those that have been confiscated from persons convicted of game Law violations. Persons who had owned the guns also May bid on and buy Back their former guns. The weapons include twelve 20 gauge shotguns thirty five .22 Caliper rifles thirty two 12 gauge shotguns six .30-30 Cal. Rifles four .410 gauge shotguns a .22-20 a. Over under Rifle Shotgun a .308 Cal. Rifle a .303 Cal. Rifle and a .270 Cal. Rifle. All guns will be sold in compliance with Wisconsin and Federal gun Laws. Persons who successfully bid on guns must pay for them at the time of the auction and then return to Black River Falls two weeks later to pick them up. The two weeks gives Law enforcement authorities time to Check to determine that All persons who bid on and Purchase guns legally Are entitled to Purchase and own them. All guns sold Are subject to the states 5 percent sales tax. Only Wisconsin residents 18 years of age and older can Purchase these guns. Also to be auctioned off Are Many office machines Chain saws a depth finder boat trailers Snow plow Garden tractor several trucks a car Brush Chipper stump Cutter tilted trailer wide track Crawler and the following tractors a 1961 Ford 861, a 1962 Case 430,1962 Ford 871,1964 Ford 21202,1965 Case g430 and a 1958 inc with loader and Backhoe. More information on these items May be obtained by calling rude Reddeman at 608-266-2632. Are currently established and maintained for use. Volunteers Clear a path Between 3 and 6 feet wide when new land is acquired. A a we re almost exclusively a Volunteer organization a or. Werner said of the ice age Trail Council. A a we be been contacting landowners along the Trail route and asking for everything from a donation of land to a donation of a permanent easement through their property. Both of those donations Are tax deductible at the state and Federal level. If they re not willing to donate their land we re then attempting to work out Short term leases or some Type of a written agreement that says a yes we will allow the Trail to pass through our the donation of land or an easement Are the preferred alternatives not Only for the permanency of the Trail but also for the Protection of the landowner. Liability questions could arise if a landowner maintains ownership of land being used by the Public. A we can go into a Given township and find almost every landowner cooperative to what we re trying to do and then in the next township be nervous and concerned about people walking through their property a or. Werner said. A a we re trying to put it together segment by segment. The process to add another to or 20-Mue segment is often invisible to the general Public with a lot of meetings and visits with the landowners necessary. Then the pieces May fall together and we May take a jump or like the Trail the work of the Trail Council has been progressing in spurts Over the years or. Werner said. The group has been Active for a year or two and then interest has waned. The decision was finally made two years ago to hire a full time coordinator to act As a catalyst to keep the project alive. A i liken what a happened to planting a seed a or. Werner said. A you water it and then you wait for it to germinate. Often the seedling develops slowly and you wonder if ifs Ever going to grow. Then All of a sudden it blossoms. The last two years have been similar to that seed germination stage. I think we re kind of at a threshold with this project at a number of areas across the or. Werner said he expects to see sections of the Trail become a reality in the near future in Green Dane and Washington counties in the Southern part of the state in Manitowoc Washara Waupaca and Portage counties in Central Wisconsin and in Taylor county in the North. There Are Active local chapters of the ice age Trail Council in each of those areas. A people will ask me a when will the Trail be completed five years ten years a ill Tell them that realistically it will probably never be finished a or. Werner said. A a Trail like this is really never Complete. Its always an ongoing or. Werner used the example of the appalachian Trail a 2,000-mile Trail from Georgia to Maine along the Crest of the appalachian mountains that was first proposed in 1921. The longest Trail of its Type in the country it initially was completed in 1936, but has been rerouted and changed continuously As landowners have changed. The ice age Trail connects with parts of five recreational trails in the state including the proposed Drumlin state Trail in Southeastern Wisconsin the military Ridge and sugar River state trails in the southwestern Corner of the state the Ahnagee state Trail in door and Kewaunee counties and the Tus cobia state Trail in Barron county. The longest single segment of established Trail is in the chef Mamegon National Forest in Taylor county while a pair of 30-mile segments have been developed in the Kettle Moraine state Forest. The concept of the 1,000-mile in state Trail was first proposed by Ray Zillmer of Milwaukee. An avid hiker or. Zillmer suggested that a Footpath be developed As the Core of an ice age Park. He and several others then formed the ice age Park and Trail foundation the private group that still provides the funding for the ice age Trail Council. Or. Zillmer a son John is now president of the foundation while or. Werner a father Julius is president of the Trail Council. Julius Werner and other members of the Council were successful in 1980 in getting the Trail designated by Congress As one of 13 National Scenic and historical trails. Now the National Park service based in Omaha neb., also lends a hand with management of the path. Olan Lano Morich Holbeck communications to 2 Way radio systems intercoms towers cd radios i repairs trenching wire laying Marine radios radio checks phone 414-434-2454 3150 Evergreen Avenue Green Bay. Wisconsin 54303 1977-1 in b hartal Donar 1977 Model rops priced at. Will take Small loader or Dozer in Trode. 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