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Dane County Earns National Award for Parks Initiative

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Sharyn Wisniewski
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/20/2001

Issued By: County Executive
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The Dane County Parks Adult Conservation Team has been named a recipient of the National Association of Counties (NACo) "Acts of Caring" award for 2001 in the environment category—one of only 20 winners nationwide.

An "Act of Caring" is a "community service provided by a county-sponsored volunteer program that enhances or preserves the quality of life," according to NACo.

"Preserving our great quality of life here in Dane County is one of our primary goals," said Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. "This award recognizes the hard work of many people, and truly belongs to the entire Parks Department and our wonderful volunteers." Falk said the award is also a credit to the Dane County Park Commission, chaired by William Lunney.

The Adult Conservation Team, led by Louise Goldstein, Adult Conservation Team manager, brought together volunteers to work with Parks Department supervisors and staff. Among the projects worked on include:

- Natural resource preservation, including prairie restoration and improving habitat for flora and fauna.

- Cultural arts were introduced through poetry trails in two parks.

- A championship-level Disc Golfcourse is being created by a citizen, making a financial donation backed up by volunteer work.

- Philanthropy and volunteerism are combined in the development and maintenance of off-leash dog areas.

- Volunteers support historical resources through a living farm museum, historic chapel and one-room schoolhouse museum.

County Board Chair Kevin Kesterson said, "I am delighted to receive this news. The public continually surprises us with ideas for projects that widen our vision. It recognizes an effective partnership between our Parks Department and the volunteers who provide assistance in the field."

The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., on April 26, during National County Government Week. At that time, the "Legacy Award for Excellence and Innovation" will be presented to one of the 20 Acts of Caring winners.
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