ICORE Evening Snowshoe & Pizza Dinner

ICORE is sponsoring an Evening Snowshoe at the WinMan Trails on January 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm. The Warming House at the WinMan Trails is a very cool facility, come check it out. We will be using the wood fired pizza oven to cook Scotti Pecotti’s delicious pizzas! Salad and Dessert will also be served. $5 per person donation includes the Pizza dinner. BYOB. RSVP to ondreskymj@aol.com or via the ICORE website under events.


Thank you Cathy Techtman & John Bates for leading the Gile Flowage Interpretive Paddle

13 Paddlers enjoyed a beautiful Paddle on GILE FLOWAGE 


The Gile Flowage Interpretive paddle trip was held on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 9 am  to noon.

Thanks for attending ICORE's Canoe/Kayak Camping Presentation

 A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in ICORE's May presentation yesterday! the evening certainly confirms that there are a lot of community members in Iron County that love to enjoy the GREAT OUTDOORS!



Native Shrub Planting Project for Iron Belle Trail

Native Shrub Planting Project Scheduled for Iron Belle Trail

Four groups will combine efforts to install a demonstration planting of native shrubs valuable to wildlife on a stretch of the Iron Belle Trail in Ironwood.  Volunteers from the Friends of the Iron Belle Trail, the City of Ironwood, the US Forest Service and the Gogebic Conservation District will gather at 9AM, Saturday, May 13 to do the work.  The planting will be in an area of the trail between Suffolk and Curry streets, near L.L. Wright High School.


The project is the concluding phase of work done on the trail segment to remove non-native invasive plant infestations and reestablish beneficial native plants.  According to Enni Gregas, two work details late last year removed cubic yards of invasive plants.  “Our Friends group and others cleared out a great deal of this segment of the trail, and the following week, students from L.L. Wright under Cheryl Jacisin’s direction finished the job.  Herbicide was applied to the cut stumps of the bushes so that they won’t sprout again.  The City of Ironwood had a crew carry the mountain of material away.  It was an eye opening undertaking.”


This last phase is to plant some beneficial shrubs and small trees, along with a pollinator garden.  Jim Finley, Conservation District administrator said: “We’ll plant eight different varieties of shrubs - redosier dogwood, highbush cranberry, American hazelnut, serviceberry, nannyberry, black chokeberry, and common elderberry - in separate clumps.  As these mature, people will be able to see and identify some of the most important plants providing food and shelter for wildlife in this part of America.  An added benefit is that they are attractive plants, with showy flowers, and many with fruits that humans enjoy, too.”


For more information regarding wildlife plant species or to volunteer for this planting project, contact the District by phone at 906-663-4512, or email at info.gogebic.cd@gmail.com

Invitation to Informational Forum on Gogebic Range Health Foundation

ICORE members are invited to attend:

Invitation to Informational Forum

On behalf of the Gogebic Range Health Foundation we are pleased to announce our partnership with the Iron County Citizen’s Forum to host an informational session. This is an opportunity to learn more about the Foundation’s programs and what we do. The forum is to be held on May 23, 2017, at the Cold Iron Brewery, Downtown Ironwood, and beginning at 7:00 pm.

The forum will include presentations by our staff and board members on the Foundation’s history, vision and purpose as well as our community grant making process and other community efforts. WE also hope to gain insights from you and the community on how the Gogebic Range Health Foundation can make an impact locally.

As you may know, the Iron County Citizens’ Forum is an education group dedicated to providing venues for learning, discussion and participation on issues of significance to our region. They are very pleased to be working with us on this program.

We would like to personally  invite you to attend the forum and discuss opportunities to collaborate and work together.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.


Candy Pogliano, Executive Director

Gogebic Range Health Foundation


Our Wisconsin features Mercer's paved Biking Trail


The April/May 2017 issue of Our Wisconsin featured an article on Mercer's Bike Trail and the Lupine Junefest. If you want to subscribe to this great magazine which in published 6 times a year go to  www.OurWisconsinMag.com and click on the "subscribe" link. BTW! Mercer's 11th annual Lupine Junefest happens Saturday, June 10th from 9 am to 3 pm at Carow Park. For information call 715-476-2389 or check the events' website www.lupinejunefest.org .


The Date is Here- May 9, 2017 Hope to see you !


Hiking Newman Springs

Newman_Springs_3.jpgHiking Newman Springs in March 2017 The Mercer Thursday morning Snowshoeing/Hiking group explored Newman Springs on 3/23/17. It was a great hike offering many trail and length options. We hiked 3.7 miles of the 7 mile trail options.  http://www.pricecountywi.net/454/Newman-Springs-Trail Please consider joining our Thursday morning outdoor group. Our snowshoeing/hiking season is just about to wrap up but we are scheduled to start kayaking on April 20, 2017 (weather permitting) along with our Tuesday evening social paddle which begins in June. If you would like more information on these fun activities, please contact Kit Bogenschneider at bogie.kit@gmail.com


Snowshoeing the MECCA trail


The Thursday morning snowshoers met at the Mecca Trail warming cabin today and trekked the snowshoe trail.  The trail is a little over a mile and we took a side tour of the bog as well.   We did identify some Chaga on a few birch trees and enjoyed the new, longer trail.

Learn more about the MECCA trail at www.skimecca.org

From your ICORE President

Our October annual meeting was very successful. After sharing a lovely potluck dinner we had a wonderful program on the Copper Peak Ski jump project by Bob Jacquardt. The audience was mesmerized by Bob’s speech and video presentations. Copper Peak looks to become a wonderful attraction to our Northwoods!

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