Sunday, June 6, 2021

NEWS & SPECIAL EVENTS

ATTENTION: Due to COVID-19 protocols
ALL PUBLIC DNR PROGRAMS ARE CANCELLED
until further notice.


IMPORTANT SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have had an active legislative season so far. Besides submitting our Legislative Priorities to both the Governor and Joint Finance Committee (JFC), the Policy Team including key Friends Groups leaders, have met via phone or zoom with many JFC members and other key legislators. We are hoping to finish the JFC meetings next week.  

According to our sources, JFC intends to finish its budget by June 30.  Governor Evers will either use his line-item veto powers to massage the budget to his liking or reject it.  Either way, now is the time to contact your legislator to support funding for Friends Groups and state lands.  

Many Friends members are comfortable contacting legislators. Some are not, but that's okay too. Please consider making your legislative contacts by June 7.  

You can Find Your Legislator Here- https://legis.wisconsin.gov/  just enter your address you will find your district's legislator.   

Many legislators are certainly aware of FWSP. Hopefully, this translates to legislative successes now or in the future. The Policy Committee is willing to answer any questions from Friends Groups or legislators. Don't hesitate to contact me. 


Kind regards, 

Michael McFadzen 920 207 9833 

Policy Committee Chairperson 

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SEASONAL REMINDERS

Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and to wear a face covering when a distance of 6 feet or greater cannot be achieved.

State park visitors can purchase annual admission passes online, over the phone by calling local properties directly or in-person at self-registration stations at individual properties.

The DNR urges state park visitors to do their part when visiting DNR properties. Most Wisconsin state parks, forests and other day-use areas do not have garbage or recycling bins. When you visit, please take your garbage and recyclables home with you. We all play a vital role in taking care of our natural resources. Following the Leave No Trace principles helps protect the land for generations to come. Fight the Bite! Ticks are out, and visitors should take precautions to prevent Lyme Disease.
Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing of 6 feet, refrain from congregating in large groups, travel only within your home communities and follow all existing state park rules and guidelines. Visitors are also encouraged to wear masks in situations where social distancing is difficult.
The DNR continues to receive the most up-to-date information and will adjust operations as conditions change. We will also continue to monitor on-the-ground circumstances each day to determine additional conditions that may become necessary. Before visiting other properties, please check with individual parks regarding changes to park operations.

For specific information regarding COVID-19 we encourage the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.