LOFA, Inc.

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

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LOFA’s Annual Picnic is back!

The LOFA annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, August 1  at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following.

Please feel free to bring along your family members and houseguests. Brats, burgers, side dishes and beverages will be supplied by Beavers. If you would like to bring a dessert to pass, please feel free to do so, and bring your lawn chairs if you have them. If you haven’t already paid your membership dues, you can pay them at the picnic, and if you would like to participate in the 50/50 raffle, don’t forget to bring some cash!

Tent set-up will be Saturday, July 31 at about 10:00 am. Volunteers are always welcome.

Come on out! It will be great to get together again after such a long absence. Hope to see you there. 

Acoustic bat monitoring on May 25

Our early-season late-night trip around Lake of the Falls with the acoustic bat monitor, provided by the North Lakeland Discovery Center, detected four out of our usual five species of bats. Take a look at this map to see where we found them!

 

We were especially happy to see that a few of our Little Browns survived their winter hibernation and weren’t done in by White Nose Syndrome, which has killed millions of bats nationwide over the last several years. Our little guys are survivors! And the only missing species, Eastern Red bats, usually don’t show up until later in the year. Our next survey is scheduled for the third week in July, so we’ll find out then if they make a repeat appearance. Stay tuned!

Our website has moved!

Our fancy new website is now being hosted by Lakekit.net, a network of Wisconsin lake organizations who collectively help each other build and maintain their websites without needing extensive technical knowledge. What this means to us is that our site now has better security, frequent back-ups, looks really cool (at least I think so),  and that we may be able to add more features in the future. It’s also a lot easier to work with! Our gmail address is still the same, lofassociation@gmail.com, so if there is anything you would like to contribute just send it along and we’ll be happy to put it up. Comments are enabled, but if you subscribed to the website in the past you may have to re-subscribe. We are still working on that and will let you know.

 

The minutes of the May 30th LOFA Board meeting can be read here. The Annual Meeting and Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 1st. More information on that will be available as we get closer to the day. It will be great to see everyone again!

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.

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