The fourth annual Work *Play* Earth Day 2012 was a success throughout Wisconsin. “We had more than 650 volunteers who donated more than 2000 hours cleaning up and maintaining parks and trails, planted more than 700 trees, did invasives work and built benches and picnic tables” says Patty Loosen, Friends group coordinator for Friends of the Wisconsin State Parks. “This year we had 18 parks,forests, trails and wildlife areas participating - double the number from last year!”. We'd like to thank all of the volunteers who donated their time and energy to these projects as well as our sponsors - Cabela's, REI - Brookfield, Wild Birds Unlimited - Delafield and other local area businesses.
Following is a sampling of events throughout Wisconsin during the last several weekends.
|Planting trees.High Cliff State Park|
Over 100 volunteers turned out to assist with park cleanup. The day, began at 9 AM and didn't end until 1PM. During that time, volunteers cleaned litter and picked up branches and walked the trails picking up debris. In addition, the group planted 550 trees. Additional photos can be viewed here.
Greenbush Mountain Biking & Snowshoe Trails
|Installing bike washing station.|
Lapham Peak State Park
|Board members construct benches|
George W. Mead Wildlife Area
Twenty able-bodied volunteers worked hard cleaning up litter and heavy tires from the wild life area. Additional photos can be viewed here.
Big Foot Beach
The volunteers from Big Foot Beach planted 250 trees in the campground area. In addition, they picked up litter. They had a very successful day getting the park ready for the summer season. Additional photos can be viewed here.
Buckhorn/Roche-A-Cri State Parks
|Roche-A-Cri & Buckhorn|
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit