FWSP Working for You

For over 20 years, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) has been dedicated to preserving, protecting, promoting and enhancing Wisconsin's state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas 
Working in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and local Friends groups, FWSP has coordinated thousands of hours of volunteer efforts, raised funds for vital state park programs and causes, and provided a public voice for our state's outdoor treasures in the legislative process. 
Each year more than 17 million people visit Wisconsin state parks. State financial support for parks has diminished and FWSP continues to work with local Friends groups to fill in the gaps, provide outdoor education and improve the state park experience for the millions of people who visit each year. 
 Rangers! law enforcement at state park system properties The DNR is moving forward with a model in which rangers are Bureau of Law Enforcement employees. FWSP is following this initiative closely and providing feedback to the Bureau of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Parks and Recreation. F\NSP met with DNR leadership including Secretary Cole in March. F\/VSP cited concerns about safety, customer engagement, and costs. Secretary Cole, State Parks Director Ben Bergey and Chief Warden Todd Schaller assured F\/VSP that law enforcement officers will be visible, engage park visitors and that law enforcement costs will be reasonable.
 WIDNR should have the responsibility for the state trail planning. The DNR has many cooperatively planned and managed trails. The current agreements allow the planning to be the responsibility of the local cooperator and could allow for trail use to “flip” based on the local political situation. In order to ensure a statewide systematic approach to recreation opportunities, FWSP recommends that the DNR have the trail planning responsibility. 
 Knowles Nelson Stewardship funding and GPR — restoring tax dollars in the state budget for State Par s FWSP supports the Knowles/Nelson Stewardship program at the current levels — including the segregated monies for Friends Group Projects. FWSP also supports restoring General Purpose Revenue (GPR) for State Parks and F\NSP is following and advocating for both of these in the next state budget.