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March 31, 2015

MADISON - People can celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying Wisconsin state park, forest, trail and wildlife properties during the seventh annual Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. The events will be held April 11, 18, 25 and May 2.

Work*Play*Earth Day

Volunteers can join DNR staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities to help repair and enhance park, forest and trail properties.

"Work*Play*Earth*Day events continue to grow both in numbers and in participants," said Patty Loosen, friends coordinator for the state parks program. "This year 25 properties are holding events, up from 22 last year. Last year we had 720 volunteers participate donating more than 2,000 hours, so we expect this year to have an even bigger turnout."

One of the events this year will be an Arbor Day tree planting at High Cliff State Park on April 25. The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region provided a grant of $1,500 from its Environmental Sustainability Fund to the Friends of High Cliff State Park to help purchase native tree species for planting in the park this spring.

The grant focused on the park's pro-active approach to removing ash trees with the advance of the emerald ash borer in Calumet County. The day will feature emerald ash borer awareness poster presentations along with additional information about the beetle and tips on how homeowners can identify the insect. A tree will be symbolically planted to show the park's dedication to preparing for the pest and replanting lost trees in high use areas in the future.

Volunteers will meet at the Pavilion in the Upper Park by the Observation Tower at 9 a.m. for a short program on EAB and instructions on how to properly plant trees.

In addition to tree planting, other activities taking place around the state include installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Refreshments are often provided and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks will also provide appreciation gifts for volunteers.

"When the work is done, volunteers join staff in hiking or biking park trails, visiting nature centers or interpretive displays, or enjoying any of the recreational opportunities available at the different properties," Loosen said.

Work Play Earth Day Events - 2015

Saturday - April 11, 2015

Perrot State Park - Trempealeau, 608-534-6409

Saturday - April 18, 2015
Amnicon Falls State Park - Superior, 715-399-3111
Big Foot Beach State Park - Lake Geneva, 262-248-2528
Devil’s Lake State Park - Baraboo, 608-356-8301
Hank Aaron State Traill - Milwaukee, 414-263-8559
Harrington Beach State Park - Belgium, 262-285-3015
Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit- Campbellsport, 262-626-2116
Lakeshore State Park - Milwaukee, 414-274-4280
Newport State Park - Ellison Bay, 920-854-2500

Saturday - April 25, 2015
Buckhorn State Park - Necedah, 608-565-2789
Governor Nelson State Park - Waunakee, 608-831-3005
High Cliff State Park - Sherwood, 920-989-1106
Kettle Moraine State Forest- Southern Unit- Eagle, 262-594-6200
Kohler-Andrae State Park - Sheboygan, 920-451-4080
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit - Delafield, 262-646-3025
Mirror Lake State Park - Baraboo, 608-254-2333
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit - Hartford, 262-670-3400
Whitefish Dunes State Park -Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400

Saturday - May 2, 2015
Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area - Browntown, 608-527-2335
Hartman Creek State Park - Waupaca, 715-258-2372
Havenwoods State Forest - Milwaukee, 414-527-0232
Merrick State Park - Fountain City, 608-687-4936
Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Kansasville, 262-878-5600
Roche-A-Cri State Park - Friendship, 608-339-6881
Stower Seven Lakes State Trail - Amery, 715-485-9294

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen, DNR Parks Program Friends Coordinator, 608-264-8994; Paul Holtan, Communications, 608-235-2126

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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