Brookfield East High School Student Wins 2023 State Park And Forest Vehicle Admission Sticker Design Contest
2023 Wisconsin State Park and Forest annual vehicle admission sticker designed by Brooke Salomone of Brookfield East High School. / Photo credit: Brooke Salomone
We’re excited to announce Brookfield East High School senior Brooke Salomone is the winner of the 2023 Wisconsin State Park and Forest vehicle admission sticker design contest.
Salomone’s design features a compass with different recreational themes available throughout Wisconsin’s state park system. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 500,000 vehicles.
Salomone will receive an engraved plaque and a 2023 annual vehicle admission sticker featuring the design when the stickers become available in December. Salomone’s design was selected from more than 250 entries.
Now in its 32nd year, the annual DNR-sponsored design contest is open to artwork submissions from high school-age students attending Wisconsin’s public, private or parochial schools or home-schools.
The second place winner is Evan Saunders, of Waupaca High School, whose entry featured a bicycle in the woods. Taking third place was Yushan Zeng of South Milwaukee High School whose entry featured a parent and baby fox.
The 2023 Honorable Mentions are:
- Chase Reyer, Oshkosh North High School
- Madeleine Alderks, iForward Wisconsin
- Nyla Stelsel, Waupun High School
- Grace Horky, Cedarburg High School
- Lydia Ashbrenner, Merrill High School
- Kenny Power, Xavier High School
- Ronan Wolfe, Watertown High School
View all previous year winning sticker designs here.
Vehicle admission stickers provide access to more than 60 state park, forest and recreation area properties across Wisconsin. Stickers are required on all motor vehicles entering state parks and recreation areas. Some state forest and trail parking areas also require a sticker.
Annual admission stickers cost $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for non-residents. A family with more than one vehicle registered to the same household may purchase additional state park stickers for $15.50 for residents and $20.50 for non-residents. A senior citizen annual sticker for $13 is available for Wisconsin residents aged 65 or older.
State vehicle admission sticker revenues operationally fund the Wisconsin State Park System. The 2023 stickers will go on sale in December. Stickers are available for purchase online, at state park system properties and at DNR service centers.
Materials for the 2024 sticker design contest are now available, and students can submit entries through midnight April 30, 2023.
More information regarding contest guidelines is available here.
Deadline Approaching: Fall Gun Deer Hunt For Hunters With Disabilities
Eligible disabled hunters hoping to participate in the 2022 gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities are reminded to contact and confirm their hunting location with a hunt sponsor before Sept. 1, 2022.
Sponsors have enrolled nearly 70,000 acres of land across 40 counties for this year’s hunt taking place Oct. 1-9, 2022. To participate in the 2022 hunt, hunters should contact sponsors directly. Some properties can accommodate more hunters than others, so hunters are advised to contact potential sponsors as early as possible to determine availability.
Eligible hunters may sign up for one sponsored property per year and must possess a gun deer license.
Hunters or assistants should contact sponsors directly to sign up for a hunt and provide their name, contact information and DNR customer ID number. To be eligible, hunters must possess a valid Class A, C or D disabled permit or qualifying Class B permit.
Wisconsin’s outdoors are for everyone. The Wisconsin DNR is committed to providing various hunting, fishing and recreational permits and unique opportunities designed to help give people with disabilities the opportunity to partake in Wisconsin’s abundant natural resources.
For more information, visit the DNR’s Deer Hunting for Hunters with Disabilities webpage.
Watch For Invasive Wineberry
In late July, wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) was found in Dane County. It is an invasive multi-stem perennial shrub in the rose family with distinctive, red, bristly stems and vibrant red fruits.
First introduced to the U.S. more than a century ago for agricultural and horticultural purposes, it is now a threat to our native landscapes and natural areas.
Pictured below are some photos of the plant found in Stoughton, Wisconsin.
This species is currently classified as Prohibited in Wisconsin, per NR 40, Wisconsin’s Invasive Species Rule. Prohibited species have limited distributions where regulated but if introduced, would likely survive and spread potentially causing significant environmental harm. Control is easy if caught early and small plants can be dug out, stems cut and dried. Any fruits should be burned instead of discarded.
To help identify new populations, the DNR is asking for help in reporting sightings. If you see any instances of wineberry, send a report to Invasive.Species@wisconsin.gov.
Learn more about wineberry and how to identify it.