DNR Report Showcases Volunteer Contributions

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released the 2021 State Natural Area Volunteer Annual Report, which highlights the contributions of hundreds of volunteers at State Natural Areas across the state.

Last year, volunteers dedicated more than 7,100 hours collecting and planting native seeds, removing invasive species and brush, and conducting prescribed burns at 55 sites that impacted more than 1,672 acres of land. 

“We saw a strong interest from new volunteers after advertising events to the public again starting in the summer of 2021,” said Jared Urban, the DNR’s State Natural Area volunteer program coordinator. “People were eager to get outside and attend safe social events again. These folks brought new energy and interest in restoring State Natural Areas.”

Participating in workdays are one of the main ways in which volunteers help the DNR care for State Natural Areas. Workdays take place at different state properties throughout the year and are a great way to get some exercise, have fun, meet people and learn something new.

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Show up for a day, or become a steward who’s responsible for all volunteer activities at a State Natural Area. Any level of participation is appreciated, and no experience is necessary to start volunteering. Go to to find out more.