MADISON – The Spring edition of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is on its way to readers, and the first issue of 2018 focuses on a celebration: It’s the Department of Natural Resources’ 50th anniversary. The agency and the Natural Resources Board that guides it were created in 1968 by a merger of the Wisconsin Conservation Department and Resource Development Department. The Spring cover story, “A DNR is born,” commemorates the event, while coverage in the magazine throughout the year also will mark the occasion.
Another anniversary is celebrated in this issue as well: This is the 25th year for field trips offered by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. “25 years of adventure” lauds the long-running and popular program and includes information on how to sign up for these statewide outings that run all year long.
An update on the DNR’s pheasant-rearing facility in Poynette is included in the Spring issue. “Hatching success at the State Game Farm” highlights upgrades that have modernized the facility, which hatches about 250,000 pheasant chicks each year to stock lands for hunting and birding.
In keeping with the magazine’s historic theme, a story titled “Natural leader, nature champion” profiles Gordon A. Bubolz, a business executive and Republican state legislator in the 1940s and ’50s who advocated for land preservation. High Cliff State Park and an Appleton nature preserve named for Bubolz are among the spots attributed to his work.
Two stories take readers to special places outdoors. “Wander these little wild spaces” explores the Milwaukee area’s many fields of green, while “Rooted in the past, a sanctuary grows” visits Faville Grove, a 675-acre parcel of prairie, woodlands, wetlands and savanna in Jefferson County. A fun short piece, “Porch-sitting makes way for ducklings,” about a nesting box and the badling of little wood ducks using it rounds out the magazine’s Spring stories.
Wisconsin Natural Resources – now publishing quarterly in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter – has adjusted its regular features slightly. A letter from DNR Secretary Dan Meyer has been added to Page 2, where he checks in with seasonal updates. The back-page feature, formerly called “Wisconsin, naturally,” has been renamed “Outside in Wisconsin” to reflect a broader reach beyond State Natural Areas and include all state properties. The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is in the Spring spotlight.
“Reader’s Write” letters and feedback are included in the magazine as always, and the “Back in the day” feature remains, too, moving to the inside back cover. In a nod to DNR’s 50th anniversary, the current “Back in the day” piece on fishing for walleye is excerpted from the 1968 Conservation Bulletin.
Fishing also is highlighted in the annual Wisconsin Fishing Report, a Spring issue insert, with all the information needed for a successful fishing season.
Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine is available for $8.97 per year. Subscribe at 1-800-678-9472 or online at wnrmag.com.