Chad DuChateau

Director of Trail Operations

Chad manages the Trail Program and is responsible for the planning and development of the Ice Age Trail. 

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Chad joined the Alliance staff in 2022, bringing with him 20 years of non-profit experience as a trail builder, educator, land manager, and mentor. His favorite trail tool is the McLeod and he enjoys creating sawdust while constructing boardwalks. His preferred trail section is one paralleling moving water. He believes “the best trails are those that appear to be placed into the landscape, not on top of it.”

Chad is responsible for motivating Alliance staff, volunteers, and partners to create, protect, and sustain a vision of excellence for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. He collaborates with public and private partners to develop and promote the expansion and sustainability of the Ice Age Trail. In addition, he builds and maintains inclusive, effective relationships with chapters and volunteers through trail improvement events, volunteer education, personal communications, and on-site visits.

As a Wisconsin native, Chad’s passion and professional pursuits focused on outdoor recreation. The glacial Chain O’ Lakes of Waupaca provided his early education for what water, woods, and wildlife could do for the soul. Nature also fueled his studies at UW-Madison. Exploring lakeshore paths and Arboretum habitats ultimately led to his degree in horticulture and natural resource management.