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Along Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail
Photographs by Bart Smith
Edited by Eric Sherman and Andrew Hanson III
Foreword by Congressman David Obey

"The Ice Age Trail is a nationally significant resource, and this appealing book paints a picture of the trail that is both engaging for a general audience and scientifically rich."
—David Lillard, past president of the American Hiking Society

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath—entirely within the state of Wisconsin—that courses like a river through a varied landscape. Walk the Ice Age Trail to witness hundreds of crystal lakes, thriving prairies and farmlands, towering white pines and diverse wetlands, ancient Native American effigy mounds, remnant oak savannas, charming villages and cities, and many of the world's finest examples of the effects of continental glaciation.

More than twelve thousand years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice, as much as two miles deep, sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty. Geologic features along the trail include kames, kettles, drumlins, ice-walled-lake plains, eskers, tunnel channels, basalt bluffs, dells, and rock-strewn terminal moraines. Here, too, is the ancient landscape of the Driftless Area, notably devoid of glacial evidence.

Photographer Bart Smith hiked the Ice Age Trail in four seasons, capturing stunning images for this book. Adding depth to his images are essays by notable and knowledgeable writers, telling us more about the natural history of this remarkable landscape and their personal engagement with it.

Along Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail contains essays by:
Mike Dombeck, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service and biologist, UW—Stevens Point; Robert Freckmann, botanist, UW—Stevens Point; Paul G. Hayes, retired journalist for Milwaukee Journal; Randy Hoffman, conservation biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Ellen Kort, former poet laureate of Wisconsin; David Mickelson, Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, UW—Madison; and Sarah Mittlefehldt, environmental historian, UW—Madison.

"From the Great Lakes to our forests, we have an amazing legacy to enjoy and share with visitors."
—Congressman David Obey, from the foreword

To see some photos from the book, see Ice Age Trail photos.

Bart Smith's photographic books include The Appalachian Trail: Calling Me Back to the Hills, Along the Pacific Crest Trail, and Along the Florida Trail. His photographs have been published in such magazines as Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, and Backpacker.

Publication of this book was made possible by a generous donation from Phyllis and William Huffman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For a press kit for this title, visit
Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail.

2008 is the 50th annivesary of the Wisconsin Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation
• Royalties from this book benefit the work of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation
• To learn more about the Ice Age Trail, visit these Web sites:

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May 2008
LC: 2007040157 QE
128 pp.   8 x 10
120 color photos

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