On Saturday, September 16, 2017, 20 FCP Tribal Members and their families joined the Forest County Potawatomi Community Health Department for the 8th Annual Fall Hike. This fun packed agenda included hikes totaling 6 miles on the Ice Age Trail, at Rib Mountain State Park, and the Dells of the Eau Claire. Participants were able to walk two segments of this Ice Age Trail. The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile trail that displays the beautiful landscaped sculpted by glaciers over 12,000 years ago. This trail spans across the 31 counties in the State of Wisconsin and is one of eleven National Scenic Trails in the U.S. The nearest portions of this trail are in Langlade County.
In addition to hiking, participants were also able to ride a chair life up Rib Mountain in Wausau and sample ginseng as part of the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival. American ginseng is native to forested areas in the Midwest, Maine, the Appalachians, Ozarks and eastern Canada. This root has long been used as medicine among Native American tribes to treat headaches, female infertility, digestive problems, fever, and earache. Marathon County exports approximately $20 million of Ginseng overseas to China each year. Overall, it was a family-fun filled day enjoying the beautiful landscape of Wisconsin. The Forest County Potawatomi Community Health Department’s Annual Fall hike is held every year in the month of September, registration is required.
- Davis, Emily. (2017). First International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Begins. Retrieved from http://www.wsaw.com/content/news/First-International-Wisconsin-Ginseng-Festival-begins-444760333.html
- Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. (2005). Ginseng, American. Retrieved from http://www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/divisions-diagnostics-and-procedures/medicine/american-ginseng
- Ice Age Trail Alliance. About the Ice Age Trail. Retrieved from http://www.iceagetrail.org/ice-age-trail/
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service International Affairs. American ginseng. Retrieved from https://www.fws.gov/international/plants/american-ginseng.html