Welcome Claire Finucane as our new Property Steward!

Claire Finucane, Property Steward
Property Steward Claire Finucane

I am excited to start my journey as the Property Steward for the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Growing up in the Madison area afforded me countless weekends to enjoy the Ice Age Trail. The Gibraltar Rock Segment is a favorite: I can always count on a beautiful sunset view.

I grew up on a small hobby farm where I raised chickens, goats, and a pony. Our family spent a lot of time hiking, camping, skiing, and days on Rock Lake, immersed in and enjoying Wisconsin’s incredible scenery. You can still find me enjoying all four seasons: hiking, camping, swimming, hammocking, skiing, or kayaking.

My appreciation for the outdoors led me to study Environmental Sciences and Conservation Biology at UW-Madison. I learned about Wisconsin’s forests, prairies, and waterways, which expanded and deepened my love for diverse ecosystems. Once I graduated, I searched for jobs that would allow me to spend my time and effort conserving Wisconsin’s natural resources. I worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a year in the Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services. And, now, I find myself with a fantastic opportunity ahead at the Ice Age Trail Alliance!

Claire got out into the field on her second day! As the ink was drying on her onboarding paper work, she was out at the habitat management event at Steenbock Preserve, breaking in her hand saw and meeting volunteers. Photo by Justine Kapitzke.
Claire got out into the field on her second day! As the ink was drying on her onboarding paper work, she was out at the habitat management event at Steenbock Preserve, breaking in her hand saw and meeting volunteers. Photo by Justine Kapitzke.

On my second day as Property Steward, I participated in the Habitat Management event along the Gibraltar Rock Segment, allowing me to meet and chat with many Alliance volunteers. Together, we worked to remove cedar trees from the slopes of the Steenbock Preserve and restore the former prairie’s glory. It was immensely satisfying to watch the landscape change as the day progressed.

After meeting so many hardworking people who care about the Ice Age Trail, and conservation in Wisconsin, I feel optimistic about what is to come. I look forward to meeting more volunteers and friends of the Ice Age Trail while working as the new Property Steward.

We look forward to working with Claire to conserve, create, maintain, and promote the Ice Age Trail!