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.

Doug Hansmann, Board President

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.

Amy Alstad, Board Member

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.

Jim Bennett, Board Member

Jim retired a few years ago from the U. S. Geological Survey and continued as an adjunct professor in the UW Department of Botany, where he studies the lichens of Wisconsin. He and his wife Janet Moredock moved from Madison to 50 acres south of Barneveld in Iowa County in 2018. They go out every day they can to work on the 20+ acres of prairie in CRP, the 13+ acres in managed woodland, and to clean up Smith-Conley Creek running through their property. So far they have logged 107 bird species and over 200 plant species. Jim’s favorite plant is Platanthera psycodes, the small purple-fringed orchid because they have a thriving colony on their property, and his favorite lichen is the showy Ramalina americana.

Steve Gauger, Board Member

Steve hand never heard about nor set-foot upon a prairie until 1972 when he and his wife Aimee moved to WI. Steve has worked for the state of WI as a budget analyst specializing in natural resource issues and as the Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands until his retirement. Steve and Aimee have raised a family and still live on their rural Mt. Horeb property. Overtime, they realized why they and their kids love the outdoors so much and, with the help of a BMAP Ecologist site visit, are now active land stewards. Steve is excited at this new chapter as a BMAP Board Member and the opportunity to not only work the land, but to meet like-minded people. Steve's favorite plants are Canadian thistle and garlic mustard (he says they keep him in shape).

Greg Jones, Board Vice President

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 Millunzi-Jones, Board Member

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 Schaal, Treasurer and Board Member

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.

Bill Sonzogni, Secretary and Board Member

Bill is a retired professor from the UW-Madison’s Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program (formerly called Water Chemistry) and concurrently directs the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene’s facility on the east side of Madison. He loves being outdoors, enjoying fly fishing for trout, birding and hiking. He and his wife Robby have a small property in eastern Grant County with a rustic cabin - a place in the Driftless that they spend time at whenever they can. A visit by the BMAP Ecologist a number of years ago was a big help in learning how to manage the property, as they are trying  to establish a small prairie plot here. Bill likes the color blue and is sometimes seen driving around in his 1991 blue Miata. No surprise that Virginia bluebells and lupine are among his favorite flowers.

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All possible because of our members

Amy Alstad