THU AM News: Increased visits to state parks brings economic boost; DWD recieves $5M to support opioid abuse victims
Camping and visits to state parks are up dramatically.

Since mid-March, visits to state parks totaled over 6.4 million. Weekend attendance on May 16-17 was up 44 percent compared to the previous year. 

That percentage continued to rise to 52 percent by June 13-14 as camping reopened on state properties. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recorded a dramatic uptick in camping reservations with 73 percent of campsites reserved July 1-31 in 2020 compared to 62 percent in the same period last year. 

Fishing and turkey licenses also saw substantial increases — 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively, over 2019...

Ken Notes: I will mention this again, camping is the great equalizer both racially and socioeconomically. We should form public private partnerships to exponentially increase the number of visitors to our state. Tourism should demonstrate how we can and should get along. We need to integrate our neighborhoods and communities like our State parks.

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