Landmark Conservancy was lucky to have two seasonal employees this summer season. They learned about the many facets of a land trust including land management, leading hikes, conservation easement monitoring, interacting with landowners, and even writing blog posts like this one! Read more below about the experiences of our 2023 seasonal employees, Rebekah and Will. 

Rebekah Bussen

Land Steward Intern, Bayfield Office

Landmark Conservancy helped me become more connected with the environment of northern Wisconsin this summer. It was my first full summer in the area, and I had no idea what to expect. I learned very quickly to expect bugs, and a lot of them! I also learned how beautiful the natural landscape is in the area. When I saw the full foliage come in, I was so excited. Working in such an aesthetic place was a constant reminder of why I chose a career path to protect the natural world.  

Bekah Mowing Trail at North Pikes Creek

Rebekah mowing the trail at North Pikes Creek. 

My favorite moments of the internship were when I was working closely with my supervisors, Charly and Erika. They guided me, inspired me, and encouraged me daily. I learned so much about land stewardship and the wonderful impact land trusts can have.  

Bekah and Friend Boardwalk at Tyler Forks CF

Rebekah and a friend working on the boardwalk at Tyler Forks Community Forest.

Bekah Planting Trees at Tyler Forks CF

Rebekah planting trees at Tyler Forks Community Forest.

Whether it was walking the beaches of Lake Superior looking at massive pieces of driftwood art created by the waves, pulling weeds and talking with hikers about plants on the Brownstone Trail, or building stairs on steep terrain so that future visitors of Tyler Forks can have more accessible enjoyment of the river, I was in constant awe that this was my job. I will be taking this experience with me for a long time as I set out to become an environmental scientist and I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity.  

William Mahler

Seasonal Stewardship and Community Engagement Assistant, Menomonie Office

I truly appreciated my time this summer with Landmark Conservancy. It is a great organization filled with so many passionate individuals! I gained so many great insights into the nonprofit world from the dedicated staff. I was presented with a wealth of opportunities to broaden my skill set and tried to take full advantageof them. One of the things I loved the most was interacting with landowners. The skills I learned in landowner communication will be impactfulinmy future career.

Maiden Rock Workday June 2023

Will participated in monthly volunteer workdays with the DNR at Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area. Work was focused on removing woody species from the prairie.  

I will forever cherish the beautiful properties I got to visit during my time with Landmark, knowing that they will remain protected forever. Conservationcannot happen withoutdedicated people willing tostand up forwhat they love. Luckily, Landmark Conservancy is filled with great people who do just that! 

Will looking out from Elk Creek Fence

Will constructed two rustic fences along the bluff overlooking the Chippewa River at our newest preserve, Elk Creek Bottoms in Dunn County. These fences will prevent visitors from walking on the easily disturbed sandy soils along the slope.  

Will at Elk Creek Celebration

During Landmark’s Elk Creek Bottoms Celebration, Will led a hike highlighting the natural communities on-site, as well as future management plans. 

We wish Rebekah and Will the best as they continue their careers in conservation!

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