Hero Awards - 2012

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks held the 16th Annual Awards Banquet on October 12, 2012, at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Over 150 Friends Group members were in attendance as well as special guests. 
Prior to the Award Banquet, Friends Group members across the state nominated others by online nominations as well as letters. The following received Hero Awards for 2012. (See Photos here)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL FRIENDS GROUP MEMBER 

Louise Borzynski

Louise Borzynski - holding award
Louise has been the President of the Friends of Lapham Peak for 12 years and with her vision, support and many volunteer hours, the Friends of Lapham Peak have been a strong group. Louise has volunteered and supported many events held throughout the year at the park such as the Candlelight Ski/Hike/Races and the fall Colorama run/walk. On a cold Halloween weekend she has even volunteered to be part of a "scene" display for Fright Hike. Her latest endeavor has been with the renovation of the Hausmann Nature Center. She has been on board from the beginning with the planning of displays. She has put in countless hours visiting other nature centers to get the best ideas of what to incorporate in our center, writing grants, purchasing display cases and items for the Nature Center. She initiated and gave an orientation for volunteers to staff the Nature Center on Sunday afternoons. Louise realizes the people of the community are great resources for the park. 1t has been through her diligence that the Friends of Lapham Peak and the Hausmann Nature Center will continue to thrive.

OUTSTANDING FRIENDS GROUP

Friends of High Cliff State Park

Friends of High Cliff State Park
The Friends of High Cliff State Park began in the mid 1950s as the High Cliff Forest Park Association and worked to help develop and enhance the property that is now High Cliff State Park. Over the years the property has grown to the beautiful park it is today. The Friends group has been active over many years and have contributed in many ways.
Four years ago the spillway on the south side of the Butterfly Pond sprung a leak and the integrity of the structure was in doubt. In 2008, the Friends group, with a lot of community and DNR input, agreed on a brilliant restoration plan. Not only would the south wing of the Butterfly Pond be restored and enhanced as a fishing pond but the other wing would bring back the original and historical wetland area in this process.
The Friends of High Cliff have undertaken the fund raising and the coordination of the Butterfly Pond project. It involved raising over $150,000 using Friends Group funds, grant requests, contractor contributions, and private donations. This project is well underway as of Summer 2012 with amazing results.
The Friends have also funded the High Cliff Natural Resources Educator position. The Friends of High Cliff State Park have a passion and dedication that is truly amazing.

OUTSTANDING DNR LAND MANAGER

Jerry Leiterman

Jerry Leiterman - holding award
Jerry Leiterman has been employed by the Department of Natural Resources since 1980 working at a number of state parks and forest properties in various positions.
Since 1997, he has been the Superintendent at the Kettle Moraine State Forest- Northern Unit (KMSF-NU). The Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity, and aesthetics.
Prior to that assignment, he worked as an Assistant Superintendent at the KMSF- NU (511990) and Peninsula State Park (811984). He was originally hired by the Department as a Ranger at Peninsula (311980) and gained additional experience as a Lead Ranger at High Cliff State Park (411982). Jerry attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Park and Recreation Administration.
Jerry and his wife, Sharon, live in the Campbellsport area with their two sons Adam and Evan.

FRIENDS OF WISCONSIN STATE PARKS PRESIDENT'S AWARD

Randy Paske

Randy Paske - Holding award
Randy Paske has been a Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Board member since January 2012 and he has been instrumental in media communications for FWSP.
He has devoted countless hours to up grading the website and behind the scenes work on many of the FWSP contests and promotions. He has been willing to help on a moments notice to work on each website or media project as it develops.
Randy joined the Board of Directors with a long history of parks involvement. He has been visiting and camping in Wisconsin State parks since the age of 11. Paske has tented, camped in a pop-up camper, and a 27 foot travel trailer. He has also backpacked in the lower part of the Ice Age Trail and traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Alaska. Randall was a sixth grade teacher in Wisconsin from 1968, until he retired in 2002. He and his wife are enjoying the bluffs of the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien where they now live. Randy and his wife have served as Camp hosts at Wyalusing State Park from 2002 -2009. They have also been camp hosts at Pike Lake State Park, Roche-A-Cri State Park and state parks in Michigan. The have been members of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park for more than five years and Randy has been the vice president of the group for the last three years. He also has managed the concession stand at Wyalusing State Park and enjoys visiting with other campers and park visitors.
He is the author of the Friends of Wyalusing Blog which contains over 110 entries and over 500 photographs of the park. FWSP would like to show their appreciation by awarding him with the first annual President's Award.