This Month’s Luncheon Speakers – March 2019

Amy Lord
Outreach and Education Manager

As Outreach and Education Manager, Amy is responsible for promoting the Ice Age Trail and the Ice Age Trail Alliance to a wide audience by leading outreach programs, actively engaging new and existing volunteers and developing Trail-based educational opportunities.

Fun Facts:

  • Amy’s a farm kid from southwest Wisconsin who grew up raising and showing black Angus cattle; back-to-back Grand Champions at the Richland County Fair in 1994 & 1995 (yes, that is a long time ago).
  • She operates a vacation rental farmhouse in Richland County adjacent from her parent’s farm just outside of Gotham where families can get away and enjoy life in the country.
  • Her vacations revolve around fishing, hiking, and live music, like a memorable trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park where besides hiking, she and her husband made sure to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at Red Rocks in Denver.

Kevin Thusius
Director of Land Conservation

As Director of Land Conservation, Kevin manages the Land program by protecting lands for the Ice Age Trail, monitoring Ice Age Trail Alliance easements and managing lands owned by the Alliance.

Fun Facts:

  • First conservation job involved canoeing 100 miles of the Milwaukee River – a pretty cool gig!
  • Published author of 6 scientific papers in esteemed journals such as Behavioral Ecology, on topics like vocalizations in ruby-throated hummingbirds and breeding synchrony in the common yellowthroat.
  • Tends relationships with landowners, maintaining 127 valuable handshake agreements where the Trail crosses private land.

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