ABOUT THE BLUE MOUNDS AREA PROJECT
A community-based non-profit organization that seeks to inspire, inform, and empower private landowners in the Southwestern Wisconsin region to enjoy, protect, and restore native biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Community and conservation. Together.
Helping landowners help the land
The Blue Mounds Area Project has a big goal in mind: bring the native diversity and health of land and water back to Southwestern Wisconsin.
We envision large landscapes of prairie, oak savanna, and wetlands on these rolling hills. We envision families and communities working with the land, rather than against it. We envision a strong network of people learning from each other.
Because of this work, over 240 landowners have improved more than 18,000 acres in the Blue Mounds Area. And 16 plant species and 5 bird species state listed as endangered, threatened or special concern are being protected, along with native prairies, wetlands and oak savannas.
YOU can be part of this conservation story. Learn more about a site visit, peruse our resources, and join as a member today!
Meet our staff and board
Micah Kloppenburg, BMAP Outreach Ecologist
Micah is a WI native and has always worked at the intersection of people and plants. As a restoration technician, youth educator, volunteer coordinator, researcher, and private lands consultant, Micah has worked and volunteered with people of all kinds to protect and restore the unique landscapes of the Blue Mounds area. His favorite plants are the hawthorn and the exquisite spring bloomer, violet wood sorrel.
Please contact Micah to request an ecologist site visit or with any and all inquiries on the restoration and reconstruction of native habitat.
Amy Alstad, Board President
Amy has spent more than a decade working on ecology and conservation projects in the upper Midwest. A native of Minnesota, she is proud to be a third generation prairie restorer! She got her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and a PhD in prairie ecology from UW-Madison. Amy first joined BMAP member in 2012 and received a site visit and management plan. She joined BMAP as the staff ecologist in 2015 and has been actively involved with the organization ever since. She passionately believes in the importance of supporting conservation work on private lands. Amy's favorite plants are prairie dropseed (that smell!) and compass plant.
As a freshman at UW-Madison, Doug began exploring the Driftless Area by bike with friends, and 10 years later he and his future wife Denise pedaled out into this ever-beckoning landscape on their first date. Along the way Doug earned degrees in Conservation Biology and Environmental Chemistry, and then moved on to pursue a career in medical diagnostic device R&D. Doug and Denise followed their hearts back to the Driftless 16 years ago, where he finished his working career teaching Biology at UW-Platteville. They live on 44 diverse acres, restoring and writing about natural lands. Doug's favorite plant changes with the season! In April, it is hoary puccoon. In late summer, it is bottle gentian.
Greg was a Land Surveyor for 30 years with the City of Madison's Engineering division. He and his wife, Linda, bought property north of Barneveld in 2004. In 2010 they finished their house and moved in the house with 22 acres. They have been managing about 5 acres of prairie and 17 acres of woodland and forest on our property for the past 15 years. When it comes to prairie plants, Greg loves white baptisia, though anything in the Silphium genus is a close second.
Linda received her BS in Recreation Resource Management from UW Madison in 1974. After returning from a stretch in Alaska, she retired as a Special Education Assistant from Madison Public Schools in 2015 and later received certification as a Master Naturalist through The Prairie Enthusiasts at the Schurch-Thomson Prairie in 2018. She is passionate about prairie and woodland restoration on her land and home in Iowa County, along with old time fiddling. Linda has found “that Nature provides answers to many of life's questions if I stop, look, listen and take notes.” Linda's favorite plant is Aralia racemosa, or spikenard. Great name, great plant.
Carroll has worked for over 26 years for the DNR in lake and river management. He has a MA in water resources planning from Iowa State University and a BA in Environmental Biology from Luther College. He lives in Mt. Horeb with his wife Pam. Carroll is a bur oak guy, through and through.
Jennifer has spent over a decade working on conservation projects and research in prairies and savannas of the Midwest. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Carroll University in Waukesha, her Masters of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from The Ohio State University, and currently works for The Monarch Joint Venture to conserve monarch and pollinator habitat. She is proud to work with Blue Mounds Area Project's enthusiastic board and membership to help protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the Driftless Area. Jen's favorite plant is showy goldenrod, all the way!
All possible because of our members