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Contact(s): Andrea Zani, managing editor, 608-267-9517
June 11, 2019

MADISON - Once extirpated from Wisconsin, trumpeter swans are now back and no longer endangered in the state thanks to a recovery program that began 30 years ago with careful egg collection in remote Alaska. The latest issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine has in-depth details of that inspiring recovery straight from the DNR biologists who were involved in the groundbreaking efforts.

Trumpeter swans grace the cover of the summer issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine - Photo credit: DNR
Trumpeter swans grace the cover of the summer issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazinePhoto credit: DNR

Another 30th anniversary is celebrated in the magazine - it's been three decades since the formal recognition of the dedicated Friends Groups that support and enhance properties in the Wisconsin State Park System. A special section looks at the history of Friends Groups and how this ever-growing band of tireless volunteers helps state parks, forests, trails and other properties today.

Also in the Summer issue, read about how educational programming can connect kids with the outdoors. A recent OutWiGo Girls outing is one great example, and the magazine has a photo page from that event held in May at the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. As a bonus, a removable card includes instructions for an OutWiGo "Bench Workout" to do at any park!

Stories on forestry and fishing are featured as well and readers can get an inside look at DNR work in those areas. Learn about the Forest Habitat Type Classification System, an important tool for foresters, and the Fish On...Wisconsin! initiative, a new offering from the fisheries program.

More fishing coverage takes readers to the Bois Brule River in Douglas County, a renowned spot for trout anglers, with four friends sharing their recollections of this beautiful river. And the historic Brule is highlighted in the magazine's "Back in the day" feature, with excerpts from a 1950 Wisconsin Conservation Bulletin.

Dragonflies and damselflies are ready for their close-up in this issue, as pages of stunning photography capture these odonates in detail. A tale of a special turkey hunt that yielded a trophy bird rounds out the Summer issue's inside pages. On the back cover, head "Outside in Wisconsin" to the Van Vliet Hemlocks State Natural Area in Vilas County.

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is available for $8.97 per year. Subscribe at 1-800-678-9472 or online at

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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