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The best thing we can do to keep our lake in good condition is to take care of our shorelines. The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department’s Native Plant Sale, now in its 30th year, is a great opportunity to add interest to your landscape with plants that are good for our lake! You can find the brochure here, on their website at https://www.ironcountylwcd.com (click on programs, then click on the native plant sale tile), or call their office at 715-561-2234 to get a brochure mailed to you. The deadline for ordering is February 24. Kick those winter blues with some GREEN!
And remember, the Conservation Department is always available to assist landowners with habitat restorations, shoreline stabilization, tree drops, and more. These projects are eligible for their cost-share program. For more information call the office and talk to Heather Palmquist – she’s always happy to help!
For those who missed it, here is a link to the recording of the December 14 webinar presented by the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network on shoreline gardening. Most problems occurring in a lake are caused by surface runoff from developed properties on the shore. We see erosion, more sediment on the lake bottom, changes in water quality, and loss of habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Rain gardens and shoreline restoration with native plants are the best way to prevent these problems and keep our lake healthy for the future. The section on creating a rain garden starts two and a half minutes into the presentation, and the section on shoreline edge gardening begins at about 31 minutes in. The video takes about an hour to watch, and is well worth the time. Take a look!
The Citizens Lake Monitoring Network has announced their 2022-23 Winter Water Talks online webinar series, and it starts on Tuesday, December 14 with a subject dear to all of our hearts, Shoreline Gardening with Native Plants. Taking good care of our shoreline is the very best thing we can all do to protect Lake of the Falls in the long run. So sign up and learn all about it! Registration is required and can be found at this link. Hope to “see” you at the webinar!
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Two things are happening on Wednesday, 10/12/22, that we should all know about. At 3:00 pm there will be a meeting at the Mercer Community Center for people from all the lakes on the Turtle River Chain to organize around the need to control aquatic invasive species that are threatening our waters. This will be a good opportunity to network with members of other lake associations so that we can all work together to fight the threat of Curly Leaf Pondweed and other invasives that are becoming more and more of a problem for all of us.
Wednesday evening the Lake of the Falls Association is having our third annual Fall Get-Together at Beaver’s Resort, starting at about 6:30. OK, our 2nd annual one was back in 2019, but we’re not letting a few germs stop us from continuing the tradition! Come out to Beaver’s for supper or just for drinks and enjoy the company of your neighbors as we say farewell to another great season on the lake. Hope to see a lot of you there!
Forty LOFA members and guests came out for our Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic on July 31 and a good time was had by all! Thanks go to our illustrious Picnic Committee and to Tom and Nikki at Beaver’s for organizing the event, to everyone who came out on Saturday to help put up the tent, and to Jeremy Wehrmann for manning the grill and cooking those delicious brats and burgers. And to everyone who brought sides and desserts, yum! Thank you! It’s always so much fun to have everyone together and catch up on the news from the previous year. Here are the minutes from the Annual Meeting.
The fall board meeting, originally scheduled for September 4, has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 18 at 10:00 so more board members can attend. As always, LOFA members are invited and encouraged to come out for the board meetings, and, as always, we’ll be meeting at Beaver’s.
The Lake of the Falls Association annual general membership meeting and picnic will be held on Sunday, July 31st at Beaver’s Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. The meeting will start at 11:00 am with the picnic immediately following.
At the meeting we will vote for new officers and to approve the minutes of the Spring board meeting. The minutes are posted on our website and don’t take long to read, so take a look. We’ll have an update on the invasive species problem upriver. And if there is anything else lake-related that you’d like to talk about, please bring your questions and comments.
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! And if you’re looking for more opportunities to spend money, our beautiful LOFA signs will be available for $20 each. Buy one and display it on your fire post, at the end of your dock, or both!
Tent set-up will be Saturday, July 30th at about 10:00 am. It’s a big tent, so volunteers are always needed to help get it set up! Please come and help if you can.
Come on out! It’s a great way to meet your neighbors around the lake. Hope to see you there.