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Contact(s): Kathy Kahler, editor, 608-266-2625
January 31, 2017

MADISON - Subscribers to Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine will be treated to some dramatic images of some of Wisconsin's most iconic and historic Great Lakes lighthouse in "Picturing Wisconsin lighthouses," in the February issue that is being mailed this week.

Readers can also learn how Mary Kay Baum, a Madison woman who has worn many hats over four decades of public service, uses her love and dedication to nature to overcome physical challenges, in "Preserving pine relicts a prescription for good health."

Two stories showcase youth programs that not only teach conservation, but life lessons as well. "Helping themselves, helping their tribes, helping the environment" highlights the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's Summer Tribal Youth Program that prepares Native American youth for more job opportunities in the future. "Opening the door to lifelong opportunities" promotes the statewide Envirothon program, open to young people statewide and teaching conservation through competition.

"The North American conservation model" takes a reflective look at how wildlife management has been funded across our continent since the early 1900s and how the model could be updated to accommodate a wider audience of outdoor enthusiasts.

Readers can learn of a New Deal engineering project at Grandfather Falls north of Merrill where the flow of the Wisconsin River is forced through two massive redwood pipes in "Wonders crystallize through the ages." Ice castles form every winter at the site, but this may be the last year as the penstocks are due for repair and replacement with metal pipes.

The magazine's resident chef, John Motoviloff, dedicates his cooking column, "Keeping it wild: Outdoor food and forays," to his rendition of East Coast fish chowder - 'Sconnie chowdah!

Our other columns take travelers to explore Saddle Mound in Jackson County, and face-to-face with a hibernating bear in "Bear in the hole." The back cover is devoted to the winter beauty of Foulds Creek State Natural Area in Price County.

Last but not least is the much-awaited update to a popular groundwater insert - "Groundwater: Powering Wisconsin's Economy." It is introduced by "A peek beneath the surface," taking readers into Wisconsin's basement to discover the aquifers that hold and transport our groundwater.

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine as an inexpensive gift that gives all year. Six big issues for $8.97. People can subscribe at 1-800-678-9472 or online at

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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