November 22, 2011
MADISON - Wisconsin offers many picturesque places to take in fall colors, but this year the Stower Serven Lakes Trail in Polk County was selected as offering the best fall color viewing in the 2011 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Award contest.
Each summer, the statewide friends group invites campers, bikers, hunters, hikers and anglers to vote on their favorite features at the state parks and trails they visit. Votes are cast through the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website (exit DNR), counted up and Gold Seal awards are presented each year at the Friends annual meeting in mid-October.
The other winners of the Gold Seal Awards for 201w are:
In addition to the Gold Seals, the statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks will be recognizing a DNR land manager, a local Friends group, and a Friends member with State Park Hero awards. These awards showcase the terrific leadership and exemplary service of individuals and groups that selflessly supporting the State Park System in 2011
The winners of the State Park Hero Awards are:
All awardees were honored at the FWSP annual meeting and awards ceremony Oct. 21 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison. Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp provided opening remarks for the Annual Awards Banquet. Tracey Schwalbe, President of FWSP Board of Directors, Dan Schuller, DNR Parks Director and Peter Beirmeier, DNR Parks Section Chief presented the awards.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System over the last decade in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen - Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator, (608) 264-8994