You Can Help!
You are probably aware that the State of Wisconsin has recently stopped providing any tax dollars to state parks. Staffing has been reduced and there are now only three full time employees to manage Perrot Park, Merrick Park, the Great River State Trail and the Buffalo State Trail. The Friends support of the park is now even more important.
Please make a donation or become a Friend of Perrot State Park. A membership form is here.
The Park celebrated its Centennial on August 4th with presentations by staff, representatives from the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, flint knapping demonstrations, live raptors, t-shirt painting and more. Friends created a special Centennial coloring book which provides historical information and photos of the park and a chance to color your own masterpiece.
Several grants were awarded for specific projects to help stretch our funding.
***Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grant and Friends’ contributions paid for Wiscorps to repair erosion damage and rebuild portions of the East Brady Bluff Trail.
***Friends contributed to a Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin initiative to bring in the State Natural Areas crew to work on restoration of 2 natural areas in Perrot.
***Friends of State Parks awarded us funds to replace the laptop computer for our naturalist, allowing him to provide information on the trails and make presentations in the Nature Center.
The Friends also paid for, built and installed additional racks for rental canoes and kayaks. Several work outings helped maintain trails and remove invasive species. A new welcome sign was installed at the north entrance. The most important accomplishment is paying for the salary of the park naturalist. You should be proud of everything your support helps get done!
There are so many downed trees in the Park from last year’s storms that strong and hardy Friends volunteers decided to turn many of those trees into firewood, allowing 100% of those firewood sales to be profit for Friends! If you are interested in helping us this fall, please let us know.