Friends groups receive Stewardship grants for improvements at state parks, forest and trails

MADISON - Fifteen state park, forest and trail friends groups will share in nearly $240,000 in matching grants from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.
The grants will fund improvements including renovation of hiking trails at Devil's Lake State Park, construction of a picnic shelter at the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, extension of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail through Hartman Creek State Park, Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area and other properties, and building of a new campground playground at Wyalusing State Park(Photo left).
The Stewardship program makes annual matching grants available to non-profit and conservation organizations with priority given to projects submitted by friends groups. The groups must match the contributions with cash and in-kind donations of materials and labor. For the 2015 grant cycle the friends groups and Ice Age Trail Alliance are matching the grants with more than $780,000 in cash and nearly $100,000 in in-kind donations.
"These grants to our friends groups allow us to make improvements to our park,trail and forest properties that we would not be able to accomplish without their assistance," said Patty Loosen, DNR friends group liaison.
The complete list of grants and projects [PDF] is available on the Department of Natural Resources website. For more information about the Grants to Friends Groups, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "Stewardship" and click on the link for "Grants to state property friends groups." For more information about state parks friends groups search for keyword "friends."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen, friends groups liaison, 608-267-7474 or Lavane Hessler, Stewardship nonprofit grant manager, 608-267-0497