2015 Holiday Gift Packages: “Give the gift of Recreation”

Pkg. #12015 Wisconsin Resident state park sticker and a donation to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (a certificate of donation included) $35 +$3.00 S/H
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Pkg. #22015 Wisconsin Resident state park sticker and a one year subscription to Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine and a donation to FWSP (a certificate of donation included) $45+$3.00 S/H
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Pkg. #32015 Wisconsin Resident state park sticker and a 2015 Wisconsin State Trail Pass and a donation to FWSP (a certificate of donation included) $65+$3.00 S/H
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Pkg. #42015 Non-Resident Wisconsin state park sticker - for use on a vehicle not bearing a Wisconsin license plate - and a donation to Friends of Wisconsin state parks (certificate of donation included)  Your order for the 2015 Non-Resident vehicle admission sticker will ship the week of Dec. 15, 2014.  All other items ordered will ship immediately.   $55 +$3.00 S/H
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Pkg. #5 – 2015 Wisconsin Resident state park sticker and a Donation to Support state parks and trails throughout Wisconsin
The receiver of this gift package will receive a 2015 resident park sticker and a certificate of donation for tax records. This gift will be used to support education and enhancements at state parks, forests and trails throughout the state. $60 +$3.00 S/H
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Pkg. #62015 Wisconsin Resident state park sticker and a “Gift of a Tree or Flowers” for Wisconsin state parks. The receiver of this gift will receive a 2015 Resident state park sticker and a certificate of Planting. A tree will be planted at a state park/forest/trail property or flowers to be planted in a garden area at a park/forest/trail property in spring 2015   $75+$3.00 S/H  
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Pkg. #72015 Wisconsin Resident state park sticker and a Silver level donation to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. The receiver of this gift will receive a 2015 Wisconsin resident state park sticker and a certificate of donation for tax records. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks work to Preserve, Protect, Promote and Enhance Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas around the state. $100 +$3.00 S/H
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Pkg. #82015 Wisconsin State Trail Pass and a donation to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks ( a certificate of donation included) $40 +$3.00 S/H
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Pkg. #9 – 2015 Wisconsin State Park sticker and a copy of the “Easy Campground Cooking” cookbook and a donation to FWSP (a certificate of donation included) $50+$3.00 S/H .
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Pkg. #10 – 2015 Wisconsin Resident State Park sticker and a 2015 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar and a donation to FWSP (a certificate of donation included) $45+$3.00 S/H .
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Pkg. #112015 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar $10 +$3.00 S/H .
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Pkg. #122015 Membership with Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (includes a copy of their “Between Friends” quarterly newsletter) $25 + $3 S/H
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    Pkg. #13 –“ Easy Campfire Cooking” Cookbook  $12.95+$3 S/H

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    Roger W. Putnam III–Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Board President- Presents at National Conference

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    Roger W. Putnam III, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Board President, was a presenter at the November 5-7, 2014, national meeting in Austin, Texas.
    The national conference was attended by  “Friends” groups or ‘Foundations from 15 States.
    Putnam, one of five other presentations, focused on the value of strategic planning to promote fundraising, organizing initiatives, and mounting effective communication efforts.
    “The opportunity to outline what we’re doing here in Wisconsin was extremely well received and put us in a leadership/innovator role at the conference.” Putnam said.
    (Photo: Group photo of State Parks Friends and Foundations from across the U.S. who met in Austin, TX on November 5-7. FWSP’s president, Roger Putnam,  was honored to present at the two-day conference and grow relationships)

    FWSP online store to open Friday - Nov. 28, 2014

    The FWSP online store will be open for your holiday shopping beginning on "Black Friday" - November 28, 2014!  The store will again have a great selection of packages to choose from that include 2015 state park stickers, trail passes, the 2015 FWSP state parks calendar, a subscription to the Natural Resources magazine and an Easy Campfire Cookbook.  Ordering online makes shopping very easy and orders are processed very quickly.  There is also the option to have a gift order sent directly to the person that you would like to receive the gift - all you have to do is indicate the name and address in the "send to" option in the ordering process!  What great gifts the 2015 stickers and trail passes make - because it is a gift that can be used every day all year long and all around the state at our beautiful Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas.  Use the FWSP STORE tab at the top of the FWSP home page to place your order - beginning on Friday - November 28, 2014.

    Friends of Wisconsin State Parks announce the 2014 Gold Seal Awards

    MADISON - Looking for the best state park venue for holding a wedding? The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and supporters recommend Heritage Hill Historical Park, home to Green Bay's oldest standing church.

    The East Side Moravian Church was disassembled from its original location in downtown Green Bay and reassembled at Heritage Hill in 1982.
    The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin's parks, trails, and forests. The award winners were presented October 11 at the annual Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet and annual meeting at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center in Madison.
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    In addition to the gold seal awards, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks also presented three "Hero awards" and two special awards to highlight contributions made to state parks in Wisconsin.
    The Hero Award for the Outstanding Friends Group went to the Heritage Hill Foundation (exit DNR), which has partnered with the Department of Natural Resources for 39 years ago to establish Heritage Hill State Historical Park. The Foundation has provided more than $11 million in operating support and established $5 million in operation and maintenance endowments to secure the future of Heritage Hill.
    Their work has assisted in assuring not only the ongoing operation of the park, but enabling, building acquisition and the significant preservation work on the various structures at Heritage Hill, including the major preservation of the Cotton House and the Education Center addition to the Visitor Center.
    This year will mark the successful completion of a $2.1 million capital campaign for the Fort Howard Guard House restoration and Fort Howard area preservation projects. The campaign will provide project funding as well as endowment development and operational funding.
    The Hero Award for the outstanding DNR land manager was presented to Bob Ramsey, currently park manager forWildcat Mountain and Mill Bluff state parks and the La Crosse, Elroy/Sparta and Four Hundred state trails.
    Ramsey joined the DNR in 1997 and held a number of positions at increasing levels of responsibility in visitor services, maintenance, and law enforcement as a park ranger. He previously worked at Devils Lake, Mirror Lake, Governor Nelson and Lake Kegonsa state parks.
    Ramsey was awarded for his many goals as park manager, including; providing excellent customers service, safety for park visitors, continuous maintenance of park land and facilities, and promoting a positive work environment.
    The Hero Award for Outstanding Individual Friends Member was presented to Kris Maki, who has been on theFriends of Lapham Peak (exit DNR) board of directors since its inception in 1989. Maki has been the director for all 26 Colorama fall Run/Walk events -- a large annual fund raiser for Friends of Lapham Peak -- and also directed the Wednesday night Ski League winter ski races for 14 years along with the Lapham Loppet winter ski race which is held in January every year.
    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks President's Award was presented to Tracey Schwalbe for all of her work on the organization's board since 2006, including time served as president in 2011 and 2012. She was instrumental in the organization's creating the HERO and Gold Seal awards.
    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks also presented its first Community Partner Award to the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine for its partnership over the last two years creating and issuing the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar [PDF] and also featuring many parks articles in the magazine as well as featuring Friends of Wisconsin State Parks in one of the issues in 2013.
    For more information on the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, visit their website at friendswiparks.blogspot.com(exit DNR).
    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen, state friends coordinator, 608-264-8994

    Tower Hill and High Cliff State Park*

    by Jonathon Ringdahl*
    Tower Hill iimages a beautiful state park located in southwest Wisconsin. This park tells the tale of an old lead shot producing facility that is set amongst gorgeous scenery. Hikers can venture up to the top to see where the process starts and take in a spectacular view over the countryside. Lucky will be the traveler who perches upon this spot in the fall. Colorful trees will extend as far as the eye can see. The shot tower building details the story of the facility. Hiking down the hill will allow guests to see another step in the process. A final descent to the river allows one to see the end of the process all while enjoying beautiful levels of the forest. For those wishing for more time here, there is a campground. If you stay at Governor Dodge State Park, you are only a short drive from Tower Hill State Park. Come on over and check out Tower Hill State Park the next time you are passing by! You will be happy you did!
    High Cliff State Park welcomes visitors with great views over Lake Winnebago. If the Limestone Cliffs do not giveimage you a high enough view of the lake, there is an observation tower to get you even higher! My dad and I enjoyed climbing its steps to take in a great view. Visitors can come to camp and explore this diverse park. There are effigy mounds and lime kiln ruins to learn about. The park also contains a marina. Bring your boat, canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board to play with while you are right next to Wisconsin’s largest inland lake. We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful park and we know you will too!
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    ***** 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