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2014 State Park and Trail Awards Banquet

You are Invited!
On Saturday – October 11, 2014, join the Friends of Wisconsin State parks and Friends members from around the state to celebrate 2014 accomplishments.
Enjoy an evening at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin.
Please join us to celebrate our 2014 State Park and Trail Awards. All Friends Groups and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks members, Park System staff and trail visitors are invited.
Please RSVP to to patricia.loosen@ wisconsin.gov (patricia.loosen@ wisconsin.gov ) by October 3, 2014.
Dinner: $20.00 donation requested the evening of the event. Vegetarian option is available. Please indicate with RSVP.
Anyone who wants to stay overnight that evening will need to book a hotel now – there are a lot of things going on that day in Madison – mainly a Badger home football game!  Click for list of Hotels
5:00 PM Social Time - Cocktails
5:30 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Welcome Remarks:  Roger Putnam – FWSP President, Cathy Stepp – Secretary of Wisconsin DNR
7:00 PM Keynote Address: US Senator Tammy Baldwin – Invited Guest
7:15 PM Awards Presentation: HERO Awards, President’s Award, Gold Seal & Photo Contest Awards
8:30 PM Closing Remarks

Newport State Park*

reNewport State Park is the place to go for a wild adventure in Door County. There is no traditional campground here. All of the sites are wilderness sites that one must hike too. Door County visitors looking for some wilderness serenity need to look no further. There are sites spread from the north end to the south end of the park. The park occupies a beautiful location along Lake Michigan. This also makes it a great park to launch an aquatic adventure aboard a kayak to ply Lake Michigan’s waters. Just be mindful of the lake conditions and always wear a personal floatation device. There are a host of trails to enjoy meandering along Lake Michigan, Europe Lake, Rowleys Bay, and through the forest. Come and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas in Door County!
Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's onlyformally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acresLocation and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites.

Friends Group: Newport Wilderness Society
***** Jonathon Ringdahl visited all of Wisconsin’s 64 State Parks, State Forests, and recreational areas in 2012. This is another in a series of articles he is writing for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s.

Deronda Prairie Restoration is looking good!

IMG_20140812_193618797 (1)The Friends held a work day for close to an hour before our board meeting August 12 at the Deronda parking lot.  As you can see, we had a great crew and after getting some of the sweet clover cleared out, the native plants are doing great!

There is a new project starting in Amery, thanks to a donation received by Polk County Parks Dept of 24 rose bushes.  We are open to ideas for how to incorporate these into a larger beautification project at the Amery Trailhead.
The Stower Seven Lakes Trail is operated under a Tri-party Agreement between Polk County, Wisconsin DNR and Friends of Stower Seven Lakes State Trail Inc. The 14-mile trail runs from Amery nearly all the way to Dresser in Polk County. Built on a former railroad corridor, the trail begins in Amery at Harriman Avenue, travels through the communities of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser at 90th Avenue. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. The trail crosses between the North Twin and South Twin lakes in Amery, skirts the south end of Bear Trap Lake, the north end of Kinney lake, and runs along Dwight, Horse and Lotus lakes near the western end.
The trail is named to recognize the exceptional natural resources the trail traverses and the longtime public service and leadership demonstrated by Amery’s own Harvey and Marilyn Stower. Harvey Stower served in the Wisconsin Legislature and as Mayor of Amery for many years. (Trail Brochure)

It’s August and Nearly 1/2 Gone…….

august_025It seems that August took forever to get here. Now, it's almost 1/2 way gone! The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks hope that you and family members have gotten out and enjoyed Wisconsin's Parks, Forests and Trails this summer.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar has many events coming up and contests with deadlines approaching soon - take a look:
Volunteer Jamboree September - In early September the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks hold the annual FWSP Fall Jamboree. The jamboree gives FWSP and park staff the opportunity to thank all Friends members, campground hosts and volunteers who have helped out at the park properties throughout the year. All volunteers at the parks are invited to attend this fun, educational and social gathering. There are campfires, dinners and entertainment, informative discussions and more! See your park property manager for details and materials.  Registration ends Aug. 15, 2014.
HERO awards HERO awards are given out to recognize individuals and Friends groups who have been instrumental in contributing time and energy at a state park, forest, or trail. The DNR Land manager award recognizes an outstanding park, forest or trail manager who has done a great job with the DNR property that they manage.  Nominations are open though September 2, 2014. Details here….. 
Photography Contest The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks(FWSP) invites all interested individuals to enter their favorite State Park, Forest, or Trail photos in our annual photography competition. Winners will be featured in the 2015 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar, released in October 2014. The deadline for photo submissions is Sunday, August 31, 2014.  Additional details here... 
2012 GOLD SEAL Award If you are a camper, biker, hunter, hiker, angler, or park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest or trail. The winning parks, forests and trails will be honored with a GOLD SEAL AWARD at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks  Banquet in October  Deadline is September 2, 2014.  Additional details here...

2014 Photo Contest

"Film the Fun"
fwspPhotoContest2013   Google DriveThe Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) invites all interested individuals to enter their favorite State Park, Forest, or Trail photos in our sixth annual photography competition. Winners will be featured in the 2015 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar, released in October 2014.
There are a lot of activities happening at Wisconsin state parks during the four seasons. We ask that your entries include beautiful scenery or activities like geocaching, art in the park, hiking, candlelight skis, kayaking, horseback riding, out with pets, and mountain biking.
The deadline for all submissions is Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Who May Enter:
Submissions are accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members will determine winners' eligibility.
Employees of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.

Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since January 1, 2012).
  • Photographs must portray a specific Wisconsin State Park, Forest, or Trail and cannot include illegal activities (i.e. camping in an unauthorized area). We are looking for photos that show scenes from the parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Wildlife photos will not score as high as scenery submissions.
  • Only Horizontal images will be accepted.
  • Light edits/enhancements only — heavy effects or manipulations will not be considered.
  • Photos must be submitted electronically. All photos must be described on the contest entry form, which must be included with your photos.
  • An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject and include this with the submission.
  • Photographs previously published or pending publication, or photos that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright, are not eligible.
  • You may submit more than one photograph per season and up to four(4) total entries. We do not accept more than one contestant per email address.
  • Photos must be the highest resolution possible — a minimum of 1600px x 2000px at 300 dpi.
By entering a photo, you are verifying:
  • The image is your own;
  • The photo has not been altered beyond light editing/enhancements.
  • The photo is not subject to any third party agreements;
  • No laws were violated in obtaining the photo. 

How to Enter:
Internet access is required to participate in the contest. Participants must review the full rules before entering any photos. Photos must be submitted electronically. There is no entry fee to participate. No more than four(4) photos may be entered by any one member.

FWSP will review each photograph received and will accept only those entries that meet the official requirements outlined in these rules. A panel of FWSP board members and staff will review accepted entries and select the winning photos. Selected photos are not official winners until high resolution, watermark-free versions are provided to FWSP. If such a version cannot be provided, an alternate winner will be selected. The decisions of FWSP and the contest judges are final.
Winners will be notified in September 2014 and invited to the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in October 2014.
Winning photos will appear in the 2015 FWSP calendar, tentatively set to release October, 2014.
Entries must be uploaded by SUNDAY, August 31, 2014, 11:59 PM.

By participating in the contest, you hereby grant FWSP unlimited, non-exclusive, irrevocable permission to publish and reproduce your image in media including but not limited to the, website, and promotional materials into perpetuity. FWSP reserves the right to exclude any photo from the contest. (Link to Entry Form)
 Direct any questions about the Photo Contest to:

Patricia Loosen
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Coordinator