FWSP President Jon Beadell is shown presenting Bill Zager the 2019 President’s Award.

Bill Zager of Amery, has not only worked enthusiastically on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail in Amery, but also on countless other park and trail issues around the State. 

He was recently recognized with the 2019 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) President’s Award. Zager is a former board member and President of FWSP. 

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance, preserve, protect, restore, and promote Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.

Since its inception in 1996, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked with state park, forest, trail and recreation area Friends Groups to improve state lands experience for the millions of people who visit each year and to ensure that millions more will be able to enjoy Wisconsin’s natural beauty in the future.

FWSP called Zager a “tireless champion of the Wisconsin State Park System.

He served on the FWSP board from 2010 to 2019. They said, “Bill took the time to listen to divergent points of view, ensure that board members were engaged and he was a strong public voice for key park and trail issues. Bill made sure to have a positive and consistent relationship with the DNR and the Parks Bureau management team, where he served on interview panels, committees and was a partner on key projects.”

Locally Zager is the former President of Friends of Stower Seven Lakes Trail. He has been very active in supporting the trail and its maintenance for visitors to enjoy.

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