Wisconsin has a long history of promoting conservation and our beautiful outdoors, as evidenced our numerous parks, forests, and preserves open for recreation and outdoor sports. This tradition of conservation leadership is exemplified by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, which is named in honor of Governors Warren Knowles of New Richmond and Gaylord Nelson of Clear Lake. Governor Nelson was instrumental in establishing Earth Day in 1970 as a U.S. Senator, which is celebrated every year on April 22nd.
Conservation is important in keeping Wisconsin’s outdoors a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy our many state parks and trails. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be holding their annual Work*Play*Earth Day events all across the state on April 19th, 26th, and May 3rd, including one scheduled on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail in Amery on April 19th. You can volunteer to help plant trees, pick up litter, remove invasive species, and much more. For more information regarding Work*Play*Earth Day, visit the DNR website at www.dnr.wi.gov.