Walker announces new Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Trails App

MADISON, Wis. (RELEASE FROM OFFICE OF GOV. WALKER)-- Smartphone users now have another way to use technology to connect with and explore Wisconsin’s many state parks, forests trails, and recreation areas by downloading a free Wisconsin State Parks and Forests Pocket Ranger® App. The app offers visitors an accessible, comprehensive guide to exploring Wisconsin’s state parks and forests at their convenience.

“So many people rely on smartphones for information, and this new technology will help connect them with the great outdoor recreational opportunities at our state parks, forests, and trails,” said Governor Walker. “This is a great way to support tourism – by making it even easier for people to see all that Wisconsin has to offer.”

The app includes descriptions of each park, forest, and trail, along with what amenities it offers, and maps and directions. It includes an advanced GPS mapping feature that will locate the closest state properties, and allow users to take GPS tours, record trail distances and time elapsed, and mark photo waypoints.

The app has a real-time calendar of events, allowing users to search by property, date, and type of event. It also includes a social networking and photo/video sharing feature and a “Friend Finder,” that allows companions to keep track of each other on a trail or at a park or forest.

“By bridging technology with Wisconsin’s beautiful parks and forests, we aim to make it even easier for people to connect with the bountiful outdoor opportunities available in our state,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.

The Wisconsin State Parks and Forests Pocket Ranger® is available on iTunes and Android Market. To download, visit dnr.wi.gov, search keyword “mobile apps.”

Wisconsin State Parks and Forests Pocket Ranger® was launched through a public-private partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the State’s portal partner, Wisconsin Interactive Network.

About Wisconsin Interactive Network
Wisconsin Interactive Network is part of the eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies. Its focus is accelerating the number of online services available to Wisconsin citizens and businesses through the state’s official portal, Wisconsin.Gov.

About NIC
NIC is the nation's leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. The NIC family of companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies across the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com

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