The Lodi Valley chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) has announce Wendell Holl (pictured center) as this year’s recipient of the “In the Mud” award for dedicated volunteer work.
The “In the Mud” award is given to Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) member volunteers who display dedication to the mission and goals of the IATA and a willingness to roll up their sleeves on behalf of the Ice Age Trail. An In the Mud recipient:
- Consistently shows up at workdays and dives into the dirty work
- Makes significant efforts to establish the Ice Age Trail
- Epitomizes the bedrock volunteer spirit responsible for building trail
The Importance of Volunteers
The Ice Age Trail has become far more important to Lodi Valley residents over the past month as the Stay@Home order and business shutdowns have given people a lot more free time and a desire to safely leave their homes. Not only does it provide a safe outlet for cabin fever, it’s allowing Lodi residents to see what the area has to offer in terms of natural beauty.
Those trails are maintained by volunteers. And those volunteers work hard. Wendell Holl has shown that he’s one of the best. His work on the Lodi Valley trails–as well as those in other parts of the state–include work as a trail-builder, sawyer, rock layer, and instructor. The latter was evident as he took a group of novice volunteers from REI and helped them to find their fit in the team, and have a great experience in building the trail.
Lend a Hand
If you’ve been enjoying the Ice Age Trail, consider lending a hand to help maintain, improve, and expand what it has to offer. Check out the IATA website for more details.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.