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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958

The state government: administrative branch,   pp. [323]-484 PDF (46.9 MB)

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      on county forest lands and on privately-owned land; and plans
      forest fire protection programs for areas not included in or-
      ganized forest protection districts.
   2. Advises and assists private woodland owners with timber
      harvests, and in the application of intermediate silvicultural
   3. Advises wood-using industries.
   4. Advises and assists the county Agricultural Stabilization and
      Conservation Committees in formulating programs and car-
      ries out the forestry phases of the ACP program, Conserva-
      tion Reserve of the Soil Bank and the Soil Conservation Serv-
   5. Promotes watershed management through advice to watershed
      associations, and forest management assistance to association
   6. Administers Forest Crop and Woodland Tax Laws.
   7. Collects and disseminates forest product market information.
   To carry out these services the division has the following sec-
 tions: county forestry, private forestry, forest pest control, forest
 crop and woodland tax laws and forest inventory.
                    Forests and Parks Division
   State Parks. From its beginning in 1900, with the acquisition of
Interstate Park, the state park system has grown to include 31
properties. The primary purpose of the state parks is to preserve
the outstanding scenic or historic places of state-wide significance
for public recreation and educational uses consistent with park
policies. An area may qualify as a state park by reason of its scen-
ery, its plants and wildlife, or its historical, geological or archeologi-
cal features.
   State parks are classified according to the type of use or reason
for establishing. At the present time there are 16 scenic parks, 7
roadside parks and 8 historical parks in the system. Scenic parks
are established on the basis that each has a distinctive feature of
state-wide significance; such as Devil's Lake, with its lake and
mountainous scenery; Pattison, site of the highest waterfall in the
state (165 feet); Rib Mountain, the highest point of land in the
state; and Wyalusing, overlooking the confluence of the Mississippi
and Wisconsin Rivers with beautiful river and bluff scenery.
   State historical parks are relatively small in area but each pos-
sesses a distinctive story of state-wide interest. Thus, Nelson Dewey,
the home of Wisconsin's first Governor, and First Capitol, the site
of the first capitol of the Wisconsin Territory, are important ele-
ments in the cultural background of the state. The roadside parks
are intimately associated with the main highways of the state and
contain facilities that a traveler may use for a short rest and picnic
or an overnight stop with tent or trailer. The most recent addition

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