Sunday, January 21, 2018

State Park Funding

imageMany of us have been hearing about state park funding and have questions about how it will affect our parks and trails. Local friends groups provide thousands of volunteer hours and have delivered approximately $100M dollars to help support the mission and activities of the Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2017 Legislator of the Year Award to Representative Ron Tusler (R- Harrison)

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has awarded the Legislator of the Year  Award to Representative Ron Tusler (R- Harrison).
The Legislator of the Year Award is given annually to a Wisconsin legislator and staff who best champions the advancement of Wl Parks and related natural resource issues. This recognition is for leadership in promoting

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Legislative Action/Networking

Legislative Action/Networking
Networking with Friends Groups is one of the most important strategic initiatives FWSP has. Healthy, growing and dynamic chapters are critical to the success of park and trail properties.FWSP started the networking process by assigning one or more chapters to each board member. Board members will discuss

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hunting and Trapping in Parks and Trails

Hunting and Trapping in Parks and Trails- The Wisconsin Legislature passed and Governor Walker signed into law ACT 168,  the Hunting Heritage Bill. A bizarre last-minute amendment included opening all State parks and trails to hunting & trapping.  The legislature handed off the rulemaking to the DNR’S Natural Resources Board (NRB). The NRB did the

Sunday, October 1, 2017

GPR Funding

Friends of WI State Parks (FWSP) is a 501c3 organization that represents WI residents that use parks and trails. There are approximately 80 Friends Groups that support various state parks, trails, and forest properties. These local Friends Groups provide thousands of volunteer hours and have delivered approximately $100M dollars to help support the mission

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Recreation Opportunities Analysis (ROA)

Dear Friends Groups-
The DNR is embarking on a study, known as the Recreation Opportunities Analysis (ROA), to review existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs. This is an excellent occasion to engage DNR leadership and have an impact on parks and trails. Some of the goals are:
  • ensure that DNR resources are

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

Stewardship-The Wisconsin Legislature created the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program in 1989 to preserve valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and fisheries and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation.