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Tony Abate

Community Conservationist

Tony joined Groundswell in 2016 as our Conservation Specialist/Land Manager. While primarily working on land protection and easement monitoring, Tony will also expand community engagement at our Westport Drumlin and Patrick Marsh Preserves. Expect to see him leading work parties, field trips, and education events.

A standout of our 2013 Prairie Partners summer intern crew, Tony was hired as Land Steward of Madison Audubon Society’s Goose Pond Sanctuary that fall. There he spent two years learning land management techniques, leading volunteer work parties, and coordinating restoration projects.

Tony earned his bachelors in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, focusing primarily on applied environmental ethics. He enjoys backpacking, hammock camping, and playing music.

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