Governor Jim Doyle was in southwest Wisconsin promoting environmental initiatives and tourism. He arrived at Wyalusing State Park early Wednesday afternoon.
Doyle says there are many great tourism opportunities in this part of the state. “I say to a lot of people that southwest Wisconsin is the most underrated and un-talked about part of the state, particularly as it relates to the natural beauty,” says Doyle, “A lot of other states are cutting their state park systems by 10-40%. But, in Wisconsin, even it this very difficult budget time we are maintaining our state park systems.”
Department of Tourism Secretary Kelli Trumble was alongside Governor Doyle and discussed the value of this area to the state. “It’s an important treasure,” she says, “it’s such a pleasure and honor to promote and market this part of the state.”
Governor Doyle had more stops planned on his trip along the Mississippi River today, including the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien and Nelson Dewey State Park in Cassville.
FWSP would like to announce three upcoming award opportunities:
- Nominate your favorite Wisconsin State park, trail, or forest in a number of categories for the 2009 Gold Seal Awards. Winners will be invited to the Annual Awards Banquet in October and will receive a plaque to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the places you love. Review the categories and fill out the nomination survey here. Nominations close on Friday, September 25, 2009.
- Submit your vote for the annual Hero Awards in the following categories: Outstanding DNR Land Manager, Successful Friends Group, and Friends Hero Award. To vote, please send a short paragraph (about 100 words) about the nominee to Marissa DeGroot at email@example.com. Nominations close on Friday, September 25, 2009.
- FWSP invites all interested individuals to submit their favorite State Park, Forest, or Trail photos to our second annual photography competition. Winners will be featured in the 2010 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar, released in December, 2009. The more competitive entries will pertain to a season and the 12 winners will be invited to the FWSP Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, October 23, 2009. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, September 18, 2009. For more details about how to submit your photos and other information, click on the link below.
More Information about the 2009 FWSP Photo Contest