Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources manages many of the permanently protected segments of the Ice Age Trail. The Department also administers the nine-unit Ice Age National Scientific Reserve which was established in 1971.
In 1987, the Wisconsin legislature designated the trail the state's first State Scenic Trail. Three years later, the legislature enacted the Stewardship Program, a fund from which monies are available to assist in acquiring lands for the Ice Age Trail.