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State acquires land for critical link of Ice Age trail

The State of Wisconsin has acquired a parcel of land in Marathon County to complete a critical link of the Ice Age Trail. The 757 acres of Wausau Paper property is located northwest of the community of Hatley, along what had been a 2-mile temporary stretch of the trail.

Randy Myren, the Western Field Director of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation says it's a "wonderful piece of property," with a lot of glacial features and great topography. He says it's a great place to put a trail.

The property was purchased with $687,000 from the state stewardship fund, and another $687,000 in federal grant money.

In a press release, Gov. Jim Doyle thanked Wausau Paper, the Department of Natural Resources, Sen. Herb Kohl and Congressman Dave Obey for making it possible. Myren notes that more than 600 miles of the 1,000-mile national scenic trail are now complete.

The Ice Age Trail will celebrate the milestone on June 7, National Trails Day, with a Mammoth Hike in which volunteers will attempt to walk its entire 1,000-mile path.