Turtle River Stewardship Program set for January 29

The Turtle River Stewardship Program is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 29 starting at 11:00 at the Great Northern Hotel Banquet facility. This is the kickoff conference for the Turtle River Watershed Management Plan (see the previous post) and will feature speakers, a panel discussion, and a buffet lunch. Attendance is free, but reservations must be made by 4:00 pm Tuesday, January 21. Email rthiede1@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

See a detailed schedule for the day by clicking here.

Turtle River Watershed Management Plan

In response to concern about environmental threats to our waterways in Iron County, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (of which LOFA is a member) has been working with the State of Wisconsin to create a new model for assessing and improving the health of our lakes and rivers. ICLRA secretary Dick Thiede’s letter, sent by LOFA treasurer Jack Schuett to LOFA members last Tuesday, goes into a lot of detail about the reasons for this effort and is worth the time it takes to read. The upshot is the creation of the Turtle River Watershed Management Plan, a cooperative effort to address specific problems in the river system that can potentially affect everyone, such as the aquatic invasive species which are already present in some upriver lakes. The ICLRA is hosting a “kickoff” conference on Wednesday, January 29 to start the ball rolling on this important initiative. Time and place are still TBD and will be posted here. As Jack stated in his email to LOFA members on Tuesday,

While this is not an ideal time for many of you to attend, it is imperative to get the “ball rolling” as to have something in place ASAP. We know the the problem will not resolve itself. There will be committees and studies to be done so there will be plenty of chances to get involved.

We’ll keep everyone posted on the progress of this initiative.

To read Dick Thiede’s email, click here, and here to see a map of the Turtle River Watershed.

Our second annual fall get-together

. . .at Beaver’s Resort was a success last Saturday with 17 people in attendance (at least that’s what I counted) and lots of lively conversation and good feelings all around. It’s always sad to see another season end, but this is a great way to say farewell! I took a couple of pictures of the group but they were a little blurry and the light was bad, so, instead, enjoy this photo of some otters who visited the north end of the lake on a gorgeous morning last week. Before it started to snow!

LOFA signs revisited

It’s nice to see our shiny green and blue LOFA signs popping up around Lake of the Falls and First and Second Black! Now you can purchase one sign for the usual price of $25 or two for a discounted price of $40. Put one on your fire sign and hang one on your dock! If you’ve already bought your first sign, a second one is yours for just $15. The signs are available to purchase at Beaver’s Resort. You can get yours when you come to the social on October 12, or any time Beaver’s is open.

The minutes of the LOFA board meeting on September 1 are now online for you to read  here, and the results of our July bat-monitoring adventure can be seen here.

Our 2nd annual end-of-summer get together

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! Saturday, October 12 starting at about 6:30. Hope to see a lot of you there!