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The Wisconsin Distinguished Document Award is presented each year to a Wisconsin state or local government document published during the preceding year that, among other criteria, contributes significantly to the expansion of knowledge; provides inspiration and pleasure to an identifiable readership; contributes to public understanding of government agencies; and is distinguished by the clarity of its presentation, its typography and design, and its overall appeal. The winner and honorable mention(s) are nominated for the ALA Government Document Round Table's "Notable Documents List," which appears in the May 15 Library Journal each year.


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2011
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2011

 Scorecard2
Ryan Miller with GIRT vice-chair Eileen Snyder

The Wisconsin Scorecard: How Wisconsin Compares to Other States.
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. 2011.
WiDocs number: LEG 2.6/2:S 37/2011

Ryan Miller and Lynn Lemanski
Honorable mentions:

 Honorable Mention - Active Early2Bridget Cullen with GIRT vice-chair Eileen Snyder

Active Early: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving childhood Physical Activity.
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, Community Nutrition Team: Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services, Obesity Prevention Unit: Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families, Bureau of Quality Improvement.
WiDocs number: ED 6/2:C 52/A 3/2011

Jill Hoiting, Amy Meinen, Jon Morgan, Julie Logue, Karen Odegaard, Bridget Cullen

 Honorable Mention - Public Lands2
John Sissons, Richard Sneider, Randy Bixby, and Tia Nelson with GIRT vice-chair Eileen Snyder

2009-2011 Biennial Report: Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
Madison, WI: The Board 2011.
WiDocs number: LAN.1:2011 

Tia Nelson, Executive Secretary; Tom German, Deputy Secretary; Vicki Halverson, Office Manager; Denise Nechvatal, Accountant; Richard Sneider, Loan Analyst; John Sissons, IT Manager; John Schwarzmann, Forest Supervisor; Jeff Niese, Senior Forester; Terry Hess, Real Estate Specialist; Randy Bixby, Land Records Archivist


2010
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2010
New Employee Orientation -- Retirement Benefits New Employee Orientation – Retirement Benefits.
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, 2010
Honorable mention:
Students with Diabetes Students with Diabetes: A Resource Guide for Wisconsin Schools and Families.
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Bureau of Community Health Promotion, Division of Public Health, Dept. of Health Services.
WiDocs number: HE 6/2:D 46/4/2010

2009
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2009
Wisconsin at the Frontiers of Astronomy Wisconsin at the Frontiers of Astronomy: A History of Innovation and Exploration.
In 2009-2010 State of Wisconsin Blue Book (pp. 99-187), Barish, L. (Ed.). Madison, WI: Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
WiDocs number: A.1:2009-2010
Honorable mentions:
Climate Change Climate Change: a Wisconsin Activity Guide, Grades 7-12.
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 2009.
WiDocs number: NAT.6/2:C 58/2009
See Wisconsin Through the Eyes of 19th Century Surveyors See Wisconsin Through the Eyes of 19th Century Surveyors.
In Wisconsin Natural Resources (August 2009). Madison, WI: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources & UW-Madison Forest Landscape Ecology Lab, 2009.
WiDocs number: Nat.4:2009

2008
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2008
Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide: A Producer's Guide to Marketing Locally Grown Food
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, Consumer Protection, c2008. 118 p.
WiDocs number: AGR.6/2:L 63/2008
Honorable mentions:
Legacy of Lead: Report on Childhood Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin 2008 Legacy of Lead: Report on Childhood Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin 2008
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, 2008. 38 p.
WiDocs number: HE.6/2:L38/2008
Commission on Reducing Racial Disparities in the Wisconsin Justice System: Final Report Commission on Reducing Racial Disparities in the Wisconsin Justice System: Final Report
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, 2008. 88 p.
WiDocs number: GO RAC 2.1:2008

2007
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2007
Keepin’ It In the Loop: A Recycling Activity and Learning Guide for Educators and Students, Grades 4-8

Keepin’ It In the Loop: A Recycling Activity and Learning Guide for Educators and Students, Grades 4-8.
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 2007.
46 p. WiDocs number: NAT 6/2:R 42/18/2007

Honorable mentions:
Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety: Final Report

Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety: Final Report.
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, [2007].
86 p. WiDocs number: GO SAF 2.1:2007

Keepin’ It In the Loop: A Recycling Activity and Learning Guide for Educators and Students, K-3

Keepin’ It In the Loop: A Recycling Activity and Learning Guide for Educators and Students, K-3
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 2007.
21 p. WiDocs number: NAT 6/2:R 42/17/2007

Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle

Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle.Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, 2007.
21 p. WiDocs number: COA 1/2:G 766/2007

Turning Points in Wisconsin History website

Turning Point in Wisconsin History website. Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin Historical Society


2006
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2006

This year the Distinguished Document Award was given for two publications:

FilingPetition

Filing a Petition for Review: A Guide to Seeking Review in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Wisconsin Supreme Court commissioners & the clerk of the Supreme Court.
[Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2006.] 9 p. WiDocs number: COU.6/2:R 48/2006

Wisconsin Land Legacy Report:  An Inventory of 	Places to Meet Wisconsin's Future Conservation and Recreation Needs

Wisconsin Land Legacy Report: An Inventory of Places to Meet Wisconsin's Future Conservation and Recreation Needs. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; John Pohlman, Paul Scott, et al, editors. Madison, Wis.: Dept. of Natural Resources, 2006.
232, [14] p.
WiDocs number: NAT.1/6:L 32/2006

Honorable mentions:
The Forest Where We Live: Growing a Legacy

The Forest Where We Live: Growing a Legacy. Produced by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; written by Natasha Kassulke. Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, 2006.
24 p.
WiDocs number: FOR.6/2:U 72/2/2006

Also in the August/September 2006 issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources, WiDocs number NAT.4:1977-

Building Safer Communities

Building Safer Communities
Madison, Wis.: WI Office of Justice Assistance, [2006].
20 p.
WiDocs number: CRI 2.6/2:C 66/2006

Wisconsin Ethics Board website. Madison, Wis.: Wisconsin Ethics Board

2005
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2005
Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Training Manual Carolyn Rummery Betz and Patricia J. Howard. Revised by Sandy Wickman and Laura Herman. Edited by Martin P.A. Griffin.Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Bureau of Integrated Science Services, 2005. 2 v.
Water Quality Manual & Aquatice Invasives Manual
WiDocs number : NAT.6/2:L 32/3/2005/1-2
PUB-SS 1009-SS 1010 2005

This manual was written for the 1200+ citizen volunteers who partner with the Department of Natural Resources to monitor the quality of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes. The data collected has been published in numerous reports and is frequently used by limnologists, water resource planners and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Honorable Mentions:

Governing Wisconsin series Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, 2005-
WiDocs number: LEG 2.3:G 68/1-

Guide to the Grasshoppers of Wisconsin Kathryn Kirk and Charles R. Bomer. Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Bureau of Integrated Science Services, 2005. 154 p.
WiDocs number: NAT.6/2:G67/2005
PUB SS-1008 2005

History of the Wisconsin Civil Service, 1905-2005 Wisconsin Office of State Employment Relations, 2005. 61 p.
WiDocs number: ADM.2:C53/2005

Wisconsin Plan for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, 2005-2009 Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services, Division of Public Health, Cardiovascular Health Program, and the Cardiovascular Health Alliance, 2005.
WiDocs number: HE.1/6:H 43/2009


2004
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2004

Wetland Restoration Handbook for Wisconsin Landowners, 2nd Edition. Alice L. Thompson and Charles S. Luthin, Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Edited by Martin P.A. Griffin and Dreux J. Watermolen, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Bureau of Integrated Science Services, 2004. 154 p.
WiDocs number: NAT.6/2:W 44/6/2004
PUB-SS-989 2004

"This handbook contains general guidance for landowners interested in improving the health of their wetlands. It discusses conservation, management, and restoration techniques that will improve drained, ditched, or otherwise degraded wetlands, and provides a range of activities that can greatly improve the values and functions of our wetland resources. …This revised edition of the Wetland Restoration Handbook provides considerably more information to landowners interested in wetland restoration than the first edition. We have expanded the chapters that explain restoration techniques, describe control strategies for invasive plants in-depth, and have included a new chapter on post-restoration site management. Where available, we have incorporated new ideas and techniques that have surfaced since the first edition was written." -Preface
Honorable mentions:

Environmental Education for Kids (EEK!). [Web site] Contact: Carrie A. Morgan. Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 1998-2005.
Last revised: May 2005.

Got Moo-La? Where to Go for Business Assistance in Wisconsin.Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Division of Agri-Business, 2004. 40p.
WiDocs number: AGR.6/2:B 87/2/2004

The Health of Racial and Ethnic Populations in Wisconsin, 1996-2000. Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services, Division of Public Health, Minority Health Program, 2004. 237 p.
WiDocs number: HE.1/2:R 33/2000
"PPH 0281 07/04"

Wisconsin Legislative District Almanac, 2nd Edition. Prepared by Elizabeth Mowery and A. Peter Cannon. Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, 2004. 280 p.
WiDocs number: A.3: 2000/6
Research Bulletin no. 04-RB-1


2003
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2003

Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines. Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, 2003. 306 p.
WiDocs number: FOR.6/2:M 25/2/2003
PUB-FR-226 2003

Honorable mentions:

Clear the Air: a Secondhand Smoke Toolkit. Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy, 2003. 61 p. WiDocs number: ED.6/2:T 62/2/2003 Bulletin no. 04045

Rain Gardens: a How-to Manual for Homeowners. Developed by Roger Bannerman and Ellen Considine. University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 2003. 31 p. WiDocs number: NAT.6/2:R 31/2003 DNR Publication PUB-WT-776 2002 UWEX Publication GWQ037, 1-06-03-5M-100-S

Wisconsin Open Meetings Law: a Compliance Guide. Wisconsin Dept. of Justice, Attorney General's Office, 2003. [31]p. WiDocs number: JUS.6/2:M 43/2003
Latest edition available online

Wisconsin, Naturally: a Guide to 150 Great State Natural Areas. Editor, Thomas Meyer; writers, Dawn Hinebaugh ... et al. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Endangered Resources, State Natural Areas Program, 2003. 184 p. WiDocs number: NAT.6/2:N 37/2003 "PUB-ER-115 2003"--Guide; "PUB-ER-116 2003"--Accompanying map.


2002
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2002

Understanding Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin: the First Step to Disease Control Jennifer Pelej and Jeanne Gomoll. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2002. 13 p. WI NAT. 2:W 28 2002.

 

Honorable mentions:

The Financial Resource Guide for Cleanup & Redevelopment. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Commerce, 2002- 50 p.
WI ENV. 6/2:R 42/2000-

Growing Wisconsin's Economy. Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Office of Public Affairs, 2002. 18 p. WI TRN. 2:E 25/2002

Wisconsin Great lakes Chronicle. Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, 2002. 21 p.
WI COA. 1/2:G 766/2002-

Wisconsin Legislator Briefing Book 2003-2004. Wisconsin Legislative Council, 2002.
355 p.
WI LEG. 6/2:L 44/2004-
Latest edition of Briefing Book arranged by chapter


2001
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2001

Restoring the Vision: the First Century of Wisconsin's Capitol. Michael J. Keane. Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, 2001. 88 p.
WI DOC A.1A:2002

Honorable mentions:

Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Wisconsin. Mark Allen Wetter.  Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 2001. 258 p.
WI DOC NAT.3:T 4/192

Teaching Character Education Using Children's Literature: Wisconsin's Standards of the Heart.  Division for Learning Support, Equity and Advocacy and Division for Learning Support, Instructional Services, Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, 2001. 72 p.
WI DOC ED.6/2:C 44/2001

Transportation Planning Resource Guide: a Guide to preparing the Transportation Element of a Local Comprehensive Plan. Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, Division of Transportation Investment Management, Bureau of Planning, 2001. 88 p.
WI DOC TRN.6/2:P 57/2001

Wisconsin Art & Craft Fairs Directory. Wisconsin Arts Board, 2001. 84 p.
WI DOC ART.6/2:F 4/2001


2000
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 2000

Wetland Restoration Handbook for Wisconsin Landowners.  Alice L. Thompson and Charles S. Luthin. Bureau of Integrated Science Services, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 2000.  108 p.
WI DOC NAT.6/2:W 44/6/2000

Honorable mentions:

Centenarian Spirit in Wisconsin.  Bureau of Aging and Long Term Care Resources, Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services, 2000. 67 p.
WI DOC AG.2:C 46/2000

Snakes of Wisconsin.  Rebecca Christoffel, Robert Hay, and Liza Ramirez. Bureau of Endangered Resources, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resource, 2000.  32 p.
WI DOC NAT.6/2: S 49/2000

These are Fish, They Bite--Sometimes!.  Maureen Mecozzi, et al. Sports Fish Restoration, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 2000. 16 p.
FIS.6/2: F 57/2000

Wisconsin Alcohol Traffic Facts.  HIghway Safety Policy Analysis Section, Division of Planning and Budget, Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, 1990-
WI DOC TRN.1/2: A 42/1990-


1999
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 1999
Learning about Wisconsin: Activities, Historical Documents, and Resources Linked to Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Social Studies in Grades 4-12.  Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, 1999.  142 p.
WI DOC ED.6/2:W 48/1999
Honorable mentions:

History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers.  State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1999.  286 p.
WI DOC HIS.6/2:M 3/1999

Safe Schools Legal Resource Manual.  Attorney General, Wisconsin Dept. of Justice, 1999.  26 p.
Latest edition available online
WI DOC JUS.6/2:S 36/1999

Ranney, Joseph A.  Trusting Nothing to Providence:  A History of Wisconsin's Legal System.  University of Wisconsin Law School Continuing Education and Outreach, [1999], 745 p.

Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Update.  Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program, Dept. of Health and Family Services, 1991-
WI DOC HE.4:A 4/1991-


1998
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 1998
Take a Walk on Main Street: Historic Walking Tours in Wisconsin's Main Street Communities. Alicia Goehring, editor; Shari Cox, managing editor. Wisconsin Main Street Program, Dept. of Commerce, 1998. 64 p.
WisDoc: COMM 2.6:M 34/1998.
Honorable mentions:

Annual Report, 1997. Oshkosh Correctional Institution. Various pagings.
WisDoc: COR OS.1:1997.

Famous Cases of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1998. 38 p.
WisDoc: COU.2:C 37/1998.

Wisconsin Magazine of History. Wisconsin Revisited: Special Sesquicentennial Issue. State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Vol. 81, no. 3 (Spring 1998).
WisDoc: HIS.2: R 48/1998.
Search Magazine archives online:
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/wmh/archives/search.aspx?area=browse

Wisconsin Turkey Hunter's Guide. Edited by Eric Lobner, segments written by Cami Brown ... [et al.] Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. 40 p.
WisDoc: NAT.6/2: T 87/2/1998.


1997
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 1997

Managing Habitat for Grassland Birds: A Guide for Wisconsin. David W. Sample and Michael J. Mossman. Bureau of Integrated Science Services, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 1997. 154 p.
WisDoc: NAT.6/2:B 57/2/1997.

Honorable mentions:

Between Sky and Shore: A Closer Look at Wisconsin's Wetlands. A video production of the Bureau of Communication & Education, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 1997. 26 min., 30 sec.
WisDoc: NAT. 10:W 47/1997

Heritage Wisconsin: Open a Treasure of African American Culture in America's Heartland. Produced by the Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, in cooperation with the African American Heritage Task Force, 1997. 32 p.
WisDoc: TOU. 6.2: A 39/1997

Ice Water Mansions: Wisconsin's Lake Superior Shipwrecks. World Wide Web site by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute Communications Office and Underwater Archeology of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.
Also available electronically: http://www.seagrant.wisc.edu/shipwrecks/superior/index.html

Wisconsin State Parks Visitor. Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, 1971- A collection of guides to the parks of Wisconsin issues periodically for each park.
WisDoc: NAT. 9/2: V 5/year/park


1996
Wisconsin Distinguished Document for 1996

Wisconsin Magazine of History. Sesquicentennial Recollections (Special issue.) State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Vol. 79, no. 4. (Summer, 1996.)
Search Magazine archives online:
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/wmh/archives/search.aspx?area=browse

Honorable mentions:

Designing Schools to Accommodate Technology. Richard J. Sorensen. Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction. 62 p.
WisDoc: ED. 6/2: T 41/ 3/ 1996.

Getting the Help You Need: Publications, People and Dollars for Wildlife. Bureau of Wildlife Management, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources. 32 p.
WisDoc: NAT. 3: W 54/ H 44/ 1996

Wisconsin Recycling Markets Directory: Buyers and Users of Recyclable Materials. Bureau of Waste Management, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources. 442 p.
WisDoc: ENV. 6/2: R 4/ 1997.
Latest edition available electronically: Wisconsin Recycling Markets Directory and Prices

Wisconsin Works (W-2): A Brief Description. Clark Radatz. Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. 6 p.
WisDoc: LEG 2. 3: B/ 1996/ 1.