CROSS PLAINS (WKOW) -- Amidst the many implications of the federal government shutdown in Wisconsin, one stretches for more than one-thousand miles, and affects people who receive no pay for what they do.
Volunteers are barred from scheduled work on the National Park Service's Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin.
"The insurance coverage that's in place and provided by the park service was suspended with the shutdown," Ice Age Trail Alliance Director Mike Wollmer tells 27 News.
Wollmer says seventy-thousand volunteer hours are used annually to maintain, improve, and expand the trail, as it follows the historic, glacial path from Door County to Janesville and beyond.
At the non-profit Alliance's Cross Plains headquarters, there's a trailer loaded with non-perishable food, camping equipment and trail signs. The gear was scheduled to go to Polk County for long-planned trail work, to be carried out by more than one hundred volunteers over four days this week.
But Wollmer says unless there's a reprieve in the situation with federal appropriations by Wednesday afternoon, the project will be scrapped. Wollmer says it would then have to compete with other scheduled projects to be included in next year's work.
Wollmer tells 27 News more than one million people hike, cross country ski and snowshoe the Ice Age Trail.
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