Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources partners with NWTF's Women in the Outdoors
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has joined the National Wild Turkey Federation's efforts to offer women more opportunities to experience the outdoors through the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors program.
"The partnership between our agency and Women in the Outdoors allows us to be involved in reaching out to nontraditional hunting and angling groups," said Keith Warnke, Wisconsin DNR's Upland Wildlife Ecologist and Outdoor Heritage Specialist. "Even if women don't take up hunting and fishing, the Women in the Outdoors program is important because it gives a greater appreciation for the outdoors and outdoor recreation."
Women in the Outdoors is the NWTF's hands-on outdoor education program for women age 14 or older. Women who attend events can learn a variety of outdoor activities such as canoeing, camping, hiking, fishing, shooting, outdoor cooking and much more.
With the partnership in place, the Wisconsin DNR and the woman's outreach program will now formally co-host two events annually. The state wildlife agency will also assist with 30 other Women in the Outdoors events held in Wisconsin by providing instructors for workshops and special presentations, helping publicize the events, as well as helping provide supplies and equipment for events.
"This partnership gives the Wisconsin DNR greater recognition for their contribution to our program," said Trish Berry, national coordinator for Women in the Outdoors. "We're excited to have them on board and expand our ability to give more women the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors."
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to the preservation, protection, effective management, and maintenance of Wisconsin's natural resources. It is responsible for implementing the laws of the state and, where applicable, the laws of the federal government that protect and enhance the natural resources of our state. It is the one agency charged with full responsibility for coordinating the many disciplines and programs necessary to provide a clean environment and a full range of outdoor recreational opportunities for Wisconsin citizens and visitors.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources joins the Women in the Outdoors program's18 other wildlife agency partners:
- Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
- California Department of Fish and Game
- Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
- Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
- Ohio Division of Wildlife
- Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
- Pennsylvania Game Commission
- South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
- Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
- Texas Department of Wildlife
- Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
- West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
For more information on the Women in the Outdoors program or the National Wild Turkey Federation, call 1-800-THE-NWTF or visit us online at www.womenintheoutdoors.org.