Thursday, March 26, 2009

Volunteers needed to prep Hartman Creek State Park for the summer

STEVENS POINT – People looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day by helping to improve Wisconsin’s environment can participate in a volunteer work day at Hartman Creek State Park west of Waupaca on Saturday, May 2.

“With a tight economy, state park officials are anticipating more people will be looking for recreational opportunities close to home, and they expect state parks will be especially busy this summer,” said Luthien L. Niland, Wisconsin State Parks liaison to the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, which is sponsoring and coordinating the volunteer work days.

Volunteers will help the local Friends of Hartman Creek State Park and Department of Natural Resources parks staff in sprucing up the parks by clearing debris from trails and campgrounds, making minor repairs to park structures, cleaning up beaches and waterfronts, and a variety of other activities.

“This is an opportunity for visitors who appreciate the beauty of Hartman Creek State Park to give something back,” Niland said.

Volunteers will not need a park sticker and should bring work clothes including work glove and boots if they have them. Tools will be provided at Hartman Creek.

The work day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If needed, a rain date has been set for the the following Sunday. Lunch and snacks, donated by New Page Paper Company and other area businesses, will be served. All participants will also receive a Work • Play • Earth Day waterbottle. Advanced registration is free, but required. Interested individuals can find more information or register through the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Similar cleanups are taking place at other parks around the state are also listed on this site.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is a nonprofit umbrella organization that works in support of local state park, forest, and trail Friends groups around the state and assists them in enhancing, preserving, and protecting Wisconsin State Parks and Trails. Anyone with questions can contact Luthien Niland either by phone at 608-264-8994 or on e-mail at

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