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Newton Blackmour State Trail - Grand Opening

LocationAn official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in Shiocton on August 2 at 1 p.m. to mark the opening of 14 additional miles of the Newton Blackmour State Trail in Outagamie County. Local dignitaries will speak and bike safety events will be held for children. The ceremony will be held at Lake Park, immediately adjacent to the trail in the Village of Shiocton.
The Newton Blackmour State Trail now spans 22 miles on a former rail corridor in Outagamie County. The trail name is derived from the four newton_blackmour_trailcommunities the trail passes through: New London, Shiocton, Black Creek and Seymour. The trail's eastern end in Seymour connects to the Duck Creek Trail, which travels east towards Green Bay for five miles.
The trail roughly parallels State Highway 54 between New London and Seymour. Seymour is about 17 miles west of Green Bay and 20 miles north of Appleton.
The 22-mile trail is located between House Road in New London and Vandenheuvel Road in Seymour. Accommodations, parking and services are available in communities along the trail.

Friends of Newton Blackmour Trail (http://www.outagamie.org/index.aspx?page=326)

2015 Volunteer Jamboree

You are invited to the Wisconsin State Parks’ 2015 Volunteer Jamboree
hosted by
Richard Bong State Recreation Area (Link)
September 13-15, 2015
unnamedWisconsin State Park System Volunteers and Campground hosts are invited to Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Sunrise Campground- as a thank you for your service. Enjoy exploring at this state natural area property and let us provide the food and fun!  Check with your state park property manager for more information.
Complete the registration form by August 14, 2015. Contact Katie at (262)878-5613 or kathryn.robertson@wi.gov with questions. Click here for registration
Electric or non-electric campsites are available free of charge as a thank you for your service.  Be sure to send in your registration to reserve your site.
We will be having a pot luck dinner on Sunday night, so please bring your favorite dish to pass. Italian beefs will be provided. Continental Breakfast will be provided on Monday and Tuesday as well as lunch and dinner on Monday. To reduce waste, we ask that each guest bring their own reusable dining plate and utensils for the weekend.
We will have entertainment for you after dinner on Sunday and Monday evenings. There will be time on Monday afternoon to explore Richard Bong SRA and surrounding area. Richard Bong SRA has miles of trails to hike and bike. Consider visiting the local orchard or the Kenosha Public Museum. We will also have kayaks available for Vern Wolf Lake and a butterfly tagging station with educator Beth Goeppinger.

Photo contest underway for 2016 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar

pcoABAqcEThe Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are excited to announce their 2015 Photo Contest!  You may submit your entries from July 1, 2015 through Monday August 31, 2015 and we are looking for photos that capture visitors enjoying state parks, forests and trails!
The 2016 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar will be featured as part of the December 2015 issue of the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. People have until August 31, 2015 to enter their favorite photographs from a Wisconsin state park, forest, trail or recreation areas in a contest with winning photos to be included in the 2016 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar.
Again in 2015, in addition to being available for purchase, the calendar will be distributed to more than 86,000 subscribers of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine in the December 2015 issue.
This is the seventh year the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has sponsored the photography competition.
“There are lots of activities happening at Wisconsin state parks during the four seasons,” said Patty Loosen, state coordinator for FWSP. “So we’re asking for entries that include in addition to the beautiful scenery, people enjoying activities like hiking, picnicking, biking, cross country skiing, kayaking, horseback riding, and biking. We are looking for entries that represent all four seasons.”
The deadline for all submissions is Monday, August 31, 2015.
Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since January 1, 2013).
  • 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.
  • Employees of the DNR and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
  • 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 person.
A panel of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members and staff will review accepted entries and select the winning photos. Photo awards will be presented at the FWSP Annual Awards banquet on November 14, 2015.
Entries must be uploaded by SUNDAY, August 31, 2015, 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 Photo Contest Entry Form
Direct any questions about the Photo Contest to:
Patricia Loosen
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Coordinator

Gold Seal Award Contest - 2015

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are asking for your vote in this year’s contest categories. If you are a camper, biker, hunter, hiker, angler, or park visitor, cast your  vote for your favorite state park, forest or trail in the categories below.
The winning parks, forests and trails will be honored with a GOLD SEAL AWARD at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the GOLD SEAL AWARD program each year to highlight Wisconsin’s parks, trails, and forests.
Gold Seal contest – July 11-September, 11, 2015.
Best trail to view wildflowers
Best place to find winter wildlife tracks
Best place for a workout
Best accessible picnic area
Best place to camp with the family
Best trail to ride/hike in the fall
Best place to view exhibits
Best place to find fungi
Best dog beach
Best place to see migratory birds
Click here to make nomination.

Focus on Friends - Friends of Harrington Beach State Park

by Rhondella Morgan
The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park was founded in 1988 to support this beautiful park, both financially and through volunteer services. The Friends are dedicated to supporting and promoting the interpretive and educational activities of Harrington Beach State Park and its visitor services.  Located in Belgium, Wisconsin Harrington Beach has over 1 mile of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Our Friends Group has been active in the park through the sponsoring of environmental speakers, family events such as our Candlelight Hikes, the removal of invasive species along with park improvements.  Some of our improvements include an addition to the Puckett's Pond picnic shelter, a garage for wood storage, the Welcome Center and on July 8 we will be dedicating the new Accessible Cabin in our campground. We get the word out about our group through our website along with our Facebook page.  Additionally, we volunteer at the concession stand and share our mission with park visitors.  We have a membership of about 40 individual/families who volunteer according to their ability/talents.  These can be as simple as baking a pan of cookies for the hikes, cleaning trails, serving at hikes  and special events to clearing invasive species and actual construction.

Ronnie Morgan
Friends of Harrington Beach State Park