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Fall colors, activities found in DNR's land atlas

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MADISON - With fall colors, hunting seasons, and cooler weather approaching, outdoor enthusiasts are reminded to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Public Access Lands atlas.

Whether someone is looking for new public hunting grounds or a spot for a fall picnic, the atlas is a great tool for finding new public lands. People can download and print the maps free of charge from a home computer.

"There is no better time than fall in Wisconsin to explore new places and spend time creating new memories in the outdoors," said DNR facilities and lands bureau director Steve Miller. "The PAL atlas is one of several new tools the department has made available to the public to find unique and interesting public places to enjoy their outdoor recreational pursuits."

The PAL atlas contains 441 maps, two indexes, a glossary, and extensive contact information to help you connect with land managers to learn more about the properties. The atlas identifies state, county, federal and others accessible to the public. Hunters are reminded to contact landowners beforehand to verify that hunting is allowed on a given property.

The University Book Store's digital storefront provides a web-based option for those interested in purchasing a PAL Atlas. The original PAL Atlas, with 441 maps, two indexes and a glossary is available for $89.95. A separate PAL atlas is also available for each of Wisconsin's 72 counties for $24.95. Lastly, a DVD with over 450 pages of public lands access data is available for $5.95.

For orders using a check, a mail order form is available on the University Book Store's website. Please do not send cash or credit card information with a mail order form.

To place an order by phone using a credit card, call: 1-800-993-2665 EXT 5929. In order to simplify the purchasing process, be sure to mention the item number (099127660) in your call.

For more general information, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "atlas." To order the Public Access Lands Atlas via DNR's website, simply click the "buy" button.



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