Tiffany is responsible for fulfilling the Ice Age Trail Alliance cartographic and GIS needs by creating maps, providing trail mileage statistics, managing the IATA’s GIS, and providing staff GIS/Global Positioning System (GPS) support.
Tiffany joined the staff in 2008 and manages the IATA’s Geographic Information System. In addition to keeping trail and lands data up to date, she coordinates GPS mapping efforts, creates and maintains online interactive maps, assisted with the development of IATA’s “Mammoth Tracks” App, and is part of the team that updates IATA’s guidebooks. Her work also ensures other agencies and organizations have up-to-date information about the Ice Age Trail.
Tiffany continually infuses GIS throughout IATA Headquarters by providing staff with GIS tools to assist with their daily tasks or performing GIS analyses for them. She admits she is strangely thrilled by producing fresh, clean, accurate data knowing it ultimately assists hikers, who rely on it to orient them to the Trail.
She looks forward to her own GPS guided outings where she explores new segments, or a small community en route to the trailhead. She is charmed by the point-to-point nature of the Trail, starting at one end of Wisconsin and ending at another; taking people to intriguing places, far beyond their cars, for an immersive experience in the healing properties of nature.
Happily, she and her family live a mile from the Trail so it is easy enough to get her husband and two kids out on hiking adventures with her.
Favorite Ice Age Trail Segment:
Tiffany’s favorite segment is The Milwaukee River Segment. As Tiffany says, “The nice thing about this segment is I can ride my bike from my house and take the Eisenbahn Trail to the beginning of this Segment for a nice active outing. The Trail, as it heads east from the Eisenbahn Trail, goes around the perimeter of a DOT mitigation area and it always surprises me with an abundance of wildflowers. It then ambles into a wooded area with a long boardwalk before coming out on Sandy Ridge Road.” (Milwaukee River Segment spans a second Atlas page.)