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Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Rec Area, and Trails Invite ALL Friends Groups

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks would like to invite your Friends group to join us in celebrating your accomplishments and projects over the last few years!  We are inviting you to come together with us and other local Friends groups from around the state on Saturday – November 4, 2017, at Heritage Hill State Historical Park.  We invite your group to set up a display board or laptop presentation featuring your recent projects and accomplishments at your state park system property.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to share your accomplishments with other groups and to network and socialize with other Friends members from around the state!  
We invite you to set up your display between 2:30 and 3:00 pm – lower level event area
Social time will be from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the lower level event area
cocktail hour from 4:30- 5:30 pm in the lower level event area
FWSP Awards Banquet dinner – 5:30-6:30 pm in the upper-level event area
Keynote Speaker & Awards – 6:30- 8:30 pm
Our theme this year is “Celebrating local Friends groups”.   We have invited local Friends groups to showcase their projects and accomplishments with a Friends group display during the afternoon from 2:30 – 4:30 pm in the lower level.  Please consider joining us during the afternoon to view the displays of Friends group accomplishments!  If you are a Friends group who would like to feature a display for your Friends group, please return the form that was mailed to you or visit the FWSP website for the details and the form.

All dinner guests are asked for a $20 dinner contribution paid by check prior to the banquet.
A vegetarian option is available by request with your RSVP.

Please mail checks for dinner to:  FWSP    P.O. Box 2271     Madison, WI  53701-2271.

We look forward to seeing all of you for the afternoon of networking during the “Celebrating Local Friends” event as well as for the FWSP Awards Banquet!
Please RSVP using the form below and return by Friday, October 20, 2017
email:  Or mail to:  FWSP   P.O. Box 2271  Madison, WI  53701-2271
Questions:  FWSP:  608-294-0810
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Bill Zager, Pres Friends of Wisconsin State Parks gives testimony in support of Senate Bill 421

Bill Zager, Pres Friends of Wisconsin State Parks gives testimony in support of Senate Bill 421 on Wednesday October 18, 2017.  This $4.5 million would go a long ways towards the upgrade of Sewer and water systems in the State Parks.  Many of these systems were installed in the 1930's and 1940's and are in need of repair or replacement.  Please let your legislators know your feelings that you agree they should support this bill and its companion bill in the Assembly.  Bill Zager's testimony begins at 35:35.

Representative Ron Tusler

Representative Ron Tusler
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) has awarded the Legislator of the Year Award to Representative Ron Tusler (R- Harrison).  Rep Tusler was the legislative champion to restore general purpose revenue (GRP)  in the last budget cycle. GPR wasn’t restored but it made possible a much needed $2M infusion for parks infrastructure and programs. Much of WI parks infrastructure was built in the 1930s by the Wisconsin Conservation Corp and is in need of repair and replacement. Rep Tusler is also a sponsor for funding critical health and safety-related water infrastructure projects in state parks under the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson stewardship program in the Assembly Bill AB 537 that is currently being considered.
The Tusler Family has a long legacy of supporting WI natural resources. Rep Tusler will receive the award at the FWSP Annual Awards banquet being held at Heritage Hill State Park in Green Bay on  Saturday, November 4
 The Legislator of the Year Award is given annually to a Wisconsin legislator and staff who best champions the advancement of WI Parks and related natural resource issues. This recognition is for leadership in promoting WI parks, trails, forests, and recreation areas through legislation and supporting the mission and objectives of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks 
To attend the FWSP Awards Banquet or for more information visit

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Grants to friends groups deadline November 15, 2017

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Grants to friends groups deadline November 15, 2017
Through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, the Wisconsin Legislature has allocated $46 million annually through 2020 to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, protect sensitive lands, and conserve and restore wildlife habitat. Each year, $250,000 from the Stewardship program are set aside for grants to friends groups and nonprofit conservation organizations (NCOs) to improve facilities, build new recreation projects and restore habitat on state properties. The program recognizes the important role friends groups play in meeting the development and restoration needs of state properties.
How much money is available
A total of $250,000 is available each year for grants under this program, with a limit of $20,000 per property. Depending on the number of applicants, there may be competition for available funds. Funding for large projects may be applied for in three phases with a limit of $20,000 per year or a maximum of $60,000 per project. There must be a usable component of the project at the end of each phase.
Grants awarded
Grants are awarded for up to 50 percent of project costs. The other 50 percent of project costs shall be provided by the project sponsor. Up to 50 percent of the sponsor's share of project costs may be non-cash donations such of materials, equipment use, services, and labor.
Submit the application form with project description and justification criteria, cost estimate worksheet, Resolution, Location Map, and Detailed Site Plan to the Property Manager for approval and required signatures. It is recommended that applicants submit documents as soon as possible to the Property Manager to allow sufficient time for review.
Submit the completed application and attachments to the Friends Grant Program Manager either via email or postmarked by the application due date of November 15, 2017.

Visit the DNR website for complete details and application materials. Prospective applicants can also subscribe to receive Stewardship Grant Program Updates by email. For questions regarding eligibility or grant requirements, please contact the Friends Grant Program Manager at Beth Norquist, 1300 W Claremont Ave., Eau Claire, WI  54702-4001 or call 715-839-3751.

Fashionable Fundraiser

Talbots Fundraier
Talbots, 7815 Mineral Point Road, Madison Wisconsin, is sponsoring a "Fashionable Fundraiser" for The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
10% of pre-tax sales will be donated to the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.