Employees of Quad can claim an unusual benefit – a 325-acre corporate retreat and recreational playground located in the Mid-Kettle Moraine south of Holy Hill. This ecological treasure, known as Camp Journal, was previously owned by the Boy Scouts and purchased by Quad in the 1990s. In 2008, Quad donated a conservation easement on the land to Tall Pines Conservancy.
The property, which is part of one of the most pristine natural and geologically significant areas in Southeastern Wisconsin, is bisected by the Little Oconomowoc River. Approximately half of the land is used for camping, archery and hunting and is upland, with many glacial moraine features including kettles and drumlins. Tall Pines has hosted many educational seminars and events on the property.
A management plan was established to restore the property to pre-settlement days. A dedicated group of current and retired Quad employees have invested countless volunteer hours to clear trails, remove invasive species and plant trees, such as burr oaks and red maples. Employees also make annual monetary contributions to a fund, maintained by Tall Pines, to cover maintenance expenses.
“When we purchased the land in 1997 we always intended for it to remain in pristine condition. Designating Camp/Quad as a conservancy is an ironclad way to ensure the land can never be developed commercially, residentially or otherwise and that it will continue to serve as an environmental showpiece and education center for generations to come.”
- Joel Quadracci