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November 30, 2010

MADISON -- The December issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine provides a mix of stories about outdoor experiences, natural resource progress and environmental successes.

The story, A herd in the balance, provides an update on the 15-year program to build and sustain an elk population in Wisconsin. The article discuss strategies to help the struggling herd. The piece also describes how elk are monitored and steps biologists are taking to protect elk from predators and vehicle collisions, major causes of elk losses.

The feature story A place for first hunts and new outdoor pastimes shares the experiences of young hunters and first-time hunters who get training, workshops and the chance to hunt deer at a special hunt at DNR's Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center in Babcock.

Feeding an idea and a community looks at a new magnet school that will offer middle school students the chance to learn about urban agriculture and a way to grow local jobs to revitalize local economies through raising healthy foods. The school opens in 2011 and provides a model that could be tried in many places around the state.

Nearer the earth describes the enduring traditions of Wisconsin deer hunting that remain a sweet memory for one family transplanted to the southeastern U.S.

In Sterling North, Wisconsin storyteller, readers visit the boyhood home of a native son who crafted classic children's literature about the outdoors and the freedom enjoyed in outdoor experiences.

As a bonus, the issue contains two special inserts -- a four-page summary recounting environmental achievements during the past two years and a two-sided poster that is a 2011 wall calendar with beautiful photos showing progress we continue to make on outdoor issues and programs even in a tough economy.

Consider the magazine as a thoughtful, inexpensive holiday gift that can share what you value about the outdoors with family, friends and professional colleagues. Six colorful issues are delivered to reader's doors all year for less than $1.50 a copy. Year-round the magazine shares ways and places to enjoy the Wisconsin outdoors for only $8.97. Subscribe toll-free at 1-800-678-9472, online at or by mail. Subscription blanks and single issues are also available from our circulation office at P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: David L. Sperling, editor, (608) 266-1510.

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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