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July 21, 2015

MADISON - State Wildlife Areas are a great place to enjoy the outdoors, and those interested in giving back to their favorite spot can now adopt a wildlife area.

"The Adopt a Wildlife Area program gives people an opportunity to play a key role in managing their favorite wildlife area," said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. "This program is another great example of the passion and pride Wisconsin's citizens have for all of the special places to spend their time in the outdoors."

Wisconsin State Fisheries Areas, Wildlife Areas, Flowages, Wild Rivers and Riverways provide critical fish and wildlife habitat along with outstanding nature based recreation, and the DNR is seeking the public's help in managing these lands.

Participants will receive a first-hand look at how the department uses management goals to maintain thousands of acres of property throughout Wisconsin and play a key role in enhancing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for others to enjoy. Key activities include invasive species control, nest box construction, trail and facility maintenance, and more. All safety and maintenance equipment, training, and certification will be provided by the department.

Whether through habitat and maintenance work on the property or a financial donation, it has never been easier to play a direct role in conservation. Partner efforts will be recognized through signage on the adopted property and department outreach efforts.

Those interested in adopting a State Wildlife Area can participate individually, or as part of a group. If you or your organization is interested, please submit an application [PDF] at the nearest DNR office location.

To learn more about adopting a Wisconsin Wildlife Area, visit the department website,, and search keyword "volunteer."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Lizotte, DNR area wildlife supervisor, 262-574-2120

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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