Contact(s): Patty Loosen, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator, 608-264-8994
MADISON - Which Wisconsin state park is the best to visit in every season of the year? Which offers the best backpacking campsites? Those are among the categories for the 2016 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Awards contest categories.
"If you are a camper, biker, hiker, angler, or park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest, or trail in one of our new categories," said Patty Loosen, state park friends coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.
The winning parks, forests and trails will be honored with a Gold Seal Award at the 20th annual Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in Stevens Point. The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin's parks, trails, and forests.
This year, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have named the following categories:
People can cast their entries and find out more by visiting the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website friendswiparks.blogspot.com (exit DNR) and clicking on the tab for "Gold Seal Awards."
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks work to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations.
People have until August 31, 2016 to enter their favorite photographs from a Wisconsin state park, forest, trail or recreation areas in a contest with winning photos to be included in the 2017 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar. Photos are needed from all four seasons in state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas.
Again in 2017, in addition to being available for purchase, the calendar will be distributed to more than 86,000 subscribers of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine in the December 2016 issue. Check the magazine website for the 2016 calendar [PDF].
Submissions are only accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. Employees of the DNR and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since Jan. 1, 2014) and no more than four photos may be entered.
More information and details on entering and contest rules are available on the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website friendswiparks.blogspot.com (exit DNR) by clicking on the tab for "photo contest."