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August 16, 2011

MADISON - Visitors to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest can have a "virtual" guide to help them as they explore Wisconsin's largest state forest trail system. A free iPhone/iPad/iPod application providing users with trail locations, maps and details is now available.

Developed in partnership with the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, the application is available through the Discovery Center's website.

"This will increase the service provided to our customers by using mobile applications to meet user demands," said Teague Pritchard, a public lands specialist with the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. "The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest averages 3 million visitors each year and having this free downloadable application will reduce the number of paper trail maps the forest must print. That saves the forest money that can be used for other needs and means the visitor with a mobile device won't have to trek back to a visitor center to request a map if they want to go hiking."

The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest is also featured in this month's issue of Natural Resource Magazine in the article, "Hidden in Plain Sight." The 225,000 acre forest was established in 1925 and features 930 lakes and 250 miles of rivers and creeks.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirsten Held - (608) 264-6036
Last Revised: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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