Environmental protection, sustainable conservation, and natural habitat preservation remain key components of Alcami’s community outreach activities, and for the third consecutive year, company volunteers collaborated with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) trail coordinators and park superintendents to improve and renovate the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest – one of the Wisconsin State Park System’s most popular destinations.
“Working with businesses like Alcami and their dedicated and enthusiastic employees provides a great partnership opportunity to further our mission to preserve, protect, and enhance Wisconsin’s natural resources, while expanding recreation opportunities and enhancing the visitor experience at these special places within the Wisconsin State Park System,” said DNR Friends Group and Volunteer Services Coordinator Janet Hutchens.
Alcami expanded its environmental stewardship program with the DNR this year to include preparation of a 1-acre plot of land for the construction of a boat launch, expected to open in spring of 2021. In addition, volunteers assisted with a cross-country skiing trail reroute project, which provides novice skiers with an updated, sustainable path and a safer alternative to the existing, more challenging trail. Live updates of the team’s progress were broadcast on the DNR’s Instagram account.
Alcami also heeded the call to help fund a new 1-mile bicycle trail in honor of former volunteer camp host Corky Neu. Neu was a cherished camp host at Pike Lake for 12 years, until cancer took his life in 2015. Once completed, the route will give families safe access from Pike Lake campgrounds to the beach. Alcami’s donation toward the $35,000 renovation project will be matched by a Wisconsin State Park System stewardship grant. This fall, the nonprofit Friends of Pike Lake will coordinate additional bike trail fundraising efforts to ensure its successful grand opening in spring of 2020.
“As property supervisor, it is a challenge to overcome budget and staffing limitations to complete much needed projects at the Pike Lake Unit,” said Kettle Moraine State Forest Superintendent Rob Wessberg. “Alcami has enabled the Pike Lake Unit to complete two major trail reroutes for sustainability and trail user safety. I am happy with the partnership we’ve developed and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”