Grant will fund assistant park naturalist, terrestrial invasive species coordinator at Peninsula State Park


Naturalist Park LTE TowerPeninsula State Park in Door County will continue to have additional support with naturalist activities and to combat terrestrial invasive species thanks to an $18,000 donation from the Friends of Peninsula State Park accepted by the state Natural Resources Board in Madison April 8.

The Friends Group donation will cover the general wage and fringe for a Limited Term Employee naturalist position and invasive species coordinator through the 2015 season.

The donation will allow the park to continue provide high quality interpretive programs and continued work on invasive species removal and documentation. Peninsula State Park offers a very strong and well attended naturalist program to the more than one million people who visitor the park each year.

The invasive species coordinator provides labor, planning, mapping and review of invasive species management practices and control efforts for species such as garlic mustard, honeysuckle and buckthorn at Peninsula State Park. This critical work continues to protect species of concern at the 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, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords “Peninsula.”