LOFA, Inc.

The Lake Of The Falls Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of nature.

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Contact us at lofassociation@gmail.com.

On Wolves and Watersheds, 6:00 Thursday at The Pines

Hear retired DNR wolf expert Adrian Wydeven’s presentation about the importance of a balanced ecology to the quality of our waters, On Wolves and Watersheds, at The Pines this Thursday, June 17 at 6:00. This seminar is presented by the Rice Lake Association as part of their grant requirement and counts as a contribution to the 25% match portion of the grant, so a large audience will be a great benefit to their effort to control the growth of Curly Leaf Pondweed in the Turtle River watershed. It promises to be an interesting evening!

 

A couple of hardy LOFA members have had quite the adventure up the river this month, pulling pondweed with volunteers from Pike Lake. The effort seems to be working, but there is a lot more to be done.

Annual newsletter and Spring board meeting

This year’s annual newsletter, which was mailed to all LOFA members on May 1st, is also available here on the website. contains more info abut our ongoing fight to prevent the spread of Curly Leaf Pondweed, an aggressive aquatic invasive species, into our lake, and also lists the dates for our 2021 board meetings and the annual meeting in July.

The first board meeting of 2021 will take place at 10:00 on Sunday, May 30 at Beaver’s We will be outdoors if the weather permits. Everyone is welcome. Among other things, we will discuss what to do about the annual picnic, which we had to cancel last year due to the pandemic. As soon as we decide what to do it will, of course, be announced on the website and by email.

Anyone who has an opinion about whether to proceed with the picnic in 2021 is welcome to attend, submit a comment on this website, or send an email to lofassociation@gmail.com. Thanks for weighing in!

Rice Lake gets the grant

The Rice Lake Association has received a three year, $127,000 Aquatic Invasive Species grant from the Wisconsin DNR to aid in removal of the invasive Curly Leaf Pondweed from their lake. That’s good news for them and for us, but there is still a lot of work to be done to prevent this nasty weed from spreading downriver to Pike Lake and Lake of the Falls. Click here to read the article that appeared in this week’s Iron County Miner and stay tuned for ways you can help when the time comes.

Things to do while we’re waiting for Spring

Two virtual conferences are coming up in March which may be of interest:

Wisconsin Water Week, March 8-12. Replacing the in-person Lakes and Rivers Convention that was held yearly in Stevens Point, this online event will feature presentations, panel discussions, and interactive conversations with experts  on the full range of water topics, opportunities to network with fellow participants through messaging and chat functions, and exposure to a wide range of service providers and non-profit organizations working on water and water conservation. The presentations on March 8 and 9 look especially interesting, and at just $20 a day it’s really affordable.

Canoecopia, March 12-14. This annual paddlesports extravaganza usually takes place in Madison, but this year is completely virtual and includes three days of presentations and exhibits that make outdoors-people like me really happy. This one’s cheap, too! Only $15 for all three days.

Won’t be long before the ice melts and we’ll all be back on the lake.

Iron County’s 2021 Native Plant Sale

Click here for the order form for this year’s annual native plant sale. It’s a good chance to purchase trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses that will improve your property and benefit county conservation programs at the same time. Last year we had great success with the wildflowers we ordered. Our hummingbirds were very pleased!

The order deadline is February 26. By the time the plants arrive, all this snow will be gone! Well, probably.

Support for Rice Lake from the Mercer Town Board

We received this email from the ICLRA on Friday evening:

Thank you all for your support.

Today we received notice from the DNR that the Rice Lake grant had  gained high scores in the DNR grant ranking.  At about 5:50 PM the Mercer Town Board voted unanimously to send a letter of intentation to build a boat landing on Rice Lake as required by the Wisconsin DNR in order to approve the Rice Lake grant.

We and the people on Rice Lake, Pike Lake, Lake of the Falls and the Turtle-Flambeau thank you for your actions in support of the program to eliminate the Curly Leaf Pondweed from Rice Lake.

Best Regards

Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Inc.

(Thanks to everyone who expressed support for this.)

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