Ky Koitzsch, former owner of Alces Post and Beam, has had over 20 years of timber framing experience, both owning his own company and apprenticing with other timber framers. He originally came to the Mad River Valley to coach alpine skiing and teach math and science at the Green Mountain Valley School. He attended the University of Vermont where he received a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. His graduate work focused on moose habitat and ecology in Vermont. His primary interest in wildlife is predator/prey interactions and he has worked in Yellowstone National Park and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan studying gray wolves and their prey. Most recently, he initiated a three-year noninvasive population study of moose in northern Yellowstone. In his free time, he enjoys Nordic and backcountry skiing, cycling, deer hunting, backpacking, and tracking & photographing wildlife. Ky lives in Fayston, VT with his wife, Lisa.







Lisa Osborn Koitzsch was raised in Switzerland and moved to Vermont when she was 12. She received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University where she studied International Relations and French. She has worked on several bird research projects in the U.S. and Central America, and spent a number of years working on wildlife conservation issues for Defenders of Wildlife. She is an avid bird watcher, gardener and reader and enjoys her time outdoors running, hiking, biking, skiing and adventure racing. She managed the Alces Post & Beam office and now spends six months a year working as a biologist for the Yellowstone Wolf Project.


3 Responses to About

  1. Gayle Belden says:

    Hi Ky and Lisa,

    I ran across my note with your blog address so am checking it out. Way cool – you should be proud of your work and I greatly admire your dedication (wish I was younger)!!

    Wish you both the best for 2012!!

    Gayle and Dan
    Milaca, Mn

  2. Jeff MacIntyre says:

    Hi Ky & Lisa. Love your website! Great reading! Can’t wait to read more.
    I did get a couple of decent pics of your departure from the Slough lot in YNP on Jan 3rd. I’ve also remembered the novelist’s name that I’d promised to send (Peter Bowen). If you send me an email address, I’ll send you the Slough Creek photos.

    Once again, it was great to spend time with you in the park. I hope we’ll meet again down the road. Meantime, I know I’ll enjoy your posts on your website.

    Happy Trails! -Jeff MacIntyre, Okotoks, Alberta

    • Ky & Lisa says:

      Great to hear from you – and very nice to have been able to spend time with you in Silver Gate as well!
      Our trip up Slough was terrific….albeit a little challenging with the deep snow. But we did get some moose samples and the territory up there is spectacular. We would love to see your pics so if you get a chance, our e-mail is losborn@madriver.com.
      Hope you have settled back in to the school year. We will very much look forward to crossing paths with you next year!
      All the best, Ky and Lisa

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