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Another great Annual Picnic!

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.

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Update from Rice Lake, and the May board meeting minutes

After the first two days of “The Great Weed Pull” volunteers on Rice Lake have harvested over 6000 lbs of Curly Leaf Pondweed from the north shore of the lake. That’s 6000 lbs in two 8-hour days, and it’s just a drop in the bucket. On Wednesday there were about 15 people representing several lakes (including Rice, Lake of the Falls, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, and Long Lake) in 8 boats hauling the weeds in with long rakes and packing them into mesh bags which were then taken to the Hadley brush pit. It’s hard work, but really worth it to see how CLP is impacting Rice Lake, and trying to imagine what that would be like here on Lake of the Falls.

 

The good news is that the Rice Lake Association has received their permit from the DNR to install a public boat landing, so it seems that their grant is safe and the project can continue to go ahead as planned. They’re still recruiting volunteers, so if you have some free time next week, visit RiceLakeAssociation.org and offer to help!

 

And here are the meeting minutes from the LOFA board meeting that was held last Sunday.

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The social event of the season is on July 31st

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,

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Pondweed and fish update

Here is an excerpt from the thank-you letter sent by the Rice Lake Association to the many volunteers who participated in The Great Weed Pull 2022. Several families from Lake of the Falls joined weed-pullers from all over Iron County and beyond in the effort to control Curly Leaf Pondweed in Rice Lake and the Turtle River during the first 2 weeks of June. While it’s unlikely that CLP will ever be completely removed from our watershed, this year’s effort was a great success and much progress was made.Go to ricelakeassociation.org to see photos of the weed-pullers in action, and please consider volunteering for next year’s event. It’s starting to look like we may be able to beat this, with everybody’s help!

 

“…We think back fondly on each and every day we spent with you on the water. The herculean effort you made to pull those big loads of pondweed into your boat.  The friendly competition of who had the most bags of CLP. Your sense of humor and kind and gentle good nature. The sharing of a meal each day prepared by our wonderful Rice Lake family. The memories are endless and dear.

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“Lake Plants You Should Know”

, , , is a field guide published by UW-Extension Lakes, the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network, and Clean Boats Clean Waters that features LIFE-SIZE photos of many of the aquatic plants we find in our lakes, plus a few we hope never to find. And it’s waterproof, so you can take it out in your boat and use it to get to  know your plants. And now the Lake of the Falls Association has it’s own copy, which you can borrow by sending a note to [email protected] Take this book out for a paddle and get it dirty! Get to know what’s growing in your water!

 

And don’t forget Conservation on Tap this Thursday evening, June 9th, at 6:00 at The Pines, where Zach Wilson will present on everyone’s favorite topic, invasive species and what we’re doing to stop them. See you on Thursday!

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