Volunteer Day A Success!

Volunteer Day A Success!

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Good Land Guides work day at Devil’s Lake State Park. About 200 volunteers spent their Sunday helping the park staff clean up the trails, campgrounds and roadsides including picking up trash, pruning, blocking un-official trails and helping to dig out a playground so a fresh foundation could be put in. THANK YOU!

Let me share 2 thoughts I had about the day….

First, without volunteers much of the clean up work at the park wouldn’t be done. The park is simply no longer able to do anything more than bare-bones maintenance with only a handful of staff.

Second, I have to snicker every time I hear someone say “millennials” don’t care about our parks or won’t work or whatever. Those folks are simply out of touch. There is an entrenched “old school” out there that has become isolated from today’s park users and really needs to step aside and let the next generation lead and communicate. (It’s even obvious to this “old dude”!)

Anyway, here’s some more pics from the group I worked with blocking un-official trails on the west bluff. It was amazing how fast we got the work done! As they say, “many hands…”

Want to help? Our next Volunteer Day will be Saturday April 29th from 10am – 1pm at Devil’s Lake State Park.  The plan is to work to clean up some “beauty spots” along the trails that need a bit of TLC.  “All tools will be provided, but you may want to bring a pair of work gloves and water along too. Stay for the whole time or come when you can to help.  We’ll meet up at the Nature Center at 10am.

***Obligatory Disclaimer:  This website is NOT associated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The views expressed in this blog are mine and do not represent the views of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Which is sometimes too bad if you ask me!).

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