Each year, The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks recognizes individuals and Friends groups who have been instrumental in contributing time and energy at a state park, forest, or trail. The HERO awards also recognizes a DNR Land manager , forest manager, or trail manager who has done a great job with the DNR property that they manage.
The 2016 HERO award winners are:
- Outstanding Individual Friends Member – 2 awards this year:
- Doris Kultgen – Friends of Kohler Andrae State Park
- Larry Novak – Friends of Mirror Lake State Park
- Outstanding Friends Group –
- Outstanding DNR Land Manager –
- Kurt Dreger – Interstate State Park
- Honorable Mention:
- Denny Goldsmith
- Gwenn Fischer
- Rita Keber
- Randy Paske
- Peter Sigmann MD
HERO awards will be presented to a representative for each of the winning categories during the Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center – Stevens Point The Awards Banquet is held from 5:00-8:30 PM.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is created to preserve, protect, promote and enhance Wisconsin’s state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is a non-profit umbrella organization supporting over 80 friends groups around the state. FWSP provides technical support, sponsors events such as Work*Play*Earth Day and the annual Volunteer Jamboree.