Grant will fund assistant naturalist, invasive species coordinator and trail laborer at Peninsula State Park


MADISON – (RealEstateRama) — Peninsula State Park in Door County will have more naturalist activities available, be better positioned to deal with invasive species and have improved trail maintenance thanks to a $25,500 donation from Friends of Peninsula State Park accepted by the state Natural Resources Board in Madison today.

The Friends group donation will cover the general wage and fringe for a limited term employee naturalist position, limited term employee invasive species coordinator and limited term trail laborer through the 2016 season.

The donation will allow the park to provide quality interpretive programs, general maintenance on trails and continued work on invasive species removal and documentation. Peninsula State Park offers popular naturalist programs to the more than one million people who visitor the park each year.

The invasive species coordinator provides labor, planning and review of invasive species management practices and control efforts for species such as garlic mustard and buckthorn at Peninsula State Park.

The trail laborer will assist with the general maintenance of the vast trail system at Peninsula State Park.

The Friends of Peninsula State Park (exit DNR) raise funds for these positions through merchandise sales at the park office and nature center. Additional funds are raised through special events and general donations. The Friends of Peninsula State Park have been supporting the assistant naturalist since 2010 and as funds allowed donated to support the invasive species coordinator position over five years.

Peninsula State Park is located on the shores of Green Bay in Door County. For more information about the park, search the Department of Natural Resources website,, for keywords “Peninsula.”

Contact(s): Kelli Bruns, superintendent, 920-868-3258


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