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MADISON -- The June issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine features two stories that mark special anniversaries and another pair that delve into invasive species. There also are updates on elk and bats, plus all the standing features of the magazine now in distribution.
On the cover this month is Wyalusing State Park, celebrating its 100th year in the Wisconsin State Park System. "A century of scenic grandeur" takes readers back to 1909, when renowned landscape architect John Nolen wrote of the "exquisitely beautiful" area that would eventually become Wisconsin's fourth state park in 1917. The history of the park along with its present-day amenities are explored.
Another anniversary is celebrated in "Fifty years of hunter safety," which traces Wisconsin's successful hunter education efforts to their origins in 1967. Historic photos accompany the piece.
June is Invasive Species Awareness Month, designated by the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, and the magazine includes two stories on the topic. "Still feeling the burn" revisits the perils of wild parsnip, while "Stemming the tide" looks at results of a five-year study of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin lakes.
The woes of white-nose syndrome and the toll the disease has taken on the state's bat populations are outlined in an update from the Department of Natural Resource's Wisconsin Bat Program. But it's not entirely bad news in the bat caves, as "Survivors and silver linings" notes, and readers are introduced to ways they can help.
An update on elk in the Black River State Forest -- "It's elk country once more" -- also is included in June, with news of the growing Clam Lake herd as well. And "Waters run deep in Lake Wazee" digs into the creation of Wisconsin's deepest man-made lake, a former Jackson County iron mine that now boasts clear waters more than 350 feet deep.
DNR's report to the Legislature regarding the Fish and Wildlife Account is highlighted for magazine readers. The account funds efforts to manage resources for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation through license fees, and the report discusses challenges related to a current funding gap in that process.
The magazine's regular features include a "Back in the day" look at logging, with first-person historic accounts from two 1920s lumberjacks; a "Wisconsin Traveler" story from a Fitchburg couple who visited every Wisconsin state park in 2016; a "Wisconsin naturally" trip to Jefferson County's Red Cedar Lake State Natural Area; and a take on trout from "Keeping it wild: Outdoor food and forays." As always, "Readers Write" with their own tales and photos from the outdoors.
For more on the magazine, including online story links, go to wnrmag.com.