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The Ridges Sanctuary welcomes their first female executive

The Ridges Sanctuary was Wisconsin’s first land trust in 1937, you can visit and help preserve over 1600 acres of land. Katie Krouse, assistant director of The Ridges Sanctuary, has been working at The Ridges since 2015 and recently became the first female director. Krouse is honored and excited to fill this position and says “The Ridges is surrounded by a lot of really incredible women, especially as it relates to our founders.” 

She has set goals for herself to see the sanctuary’s master plan come to life. Almost a year and a half ago, the concept of a master plan started and in mid-May, there was a unanimous vote to approve the plan. The master plan covers things such as facility improvements, land management, programming events, and more. Another goal Krouse has set is to establish a more substantial staffing model, which means continuing to engage with the community for volunteer opportunities. 


Krouse says this about how she got to where she is now, “I got where I am now by having a deep passion and a true belief in the work we do. I’m inspired by those that surround me and have taught me how incredibly special The Ridges is. With a little determination and passion, I’ve been able to grow into the role I’m entering. My advice is to find something and somewhere you are passionate about. Anyone can be a conservationist. Anyone can tell this important story. And if you have an ounce of passion and a belief in a mission attached to it, you will feel greatly rewarded for the work put in.” 

To read more about The Ridges Sanctuary and their impact on the community, click here.

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