Conservation on Tap and the spring LOFA board meeting

Here is the schedule for this year’s Conservation on Tap programs, sponsored by the Iron County Land and Waters Conservation Department, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, and hosted by The Pines restaurant. These are always interesting programs!

And, the spring meeting of the Lake of the Falls board of trustees will be this Sunday, May 26, at 10:00 am at Beaver’s Resort. All are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

Native Plant Sale

native-plant-saleThis is from the Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department’s Facebook page:

“The Native Plant Sale Brochure is ready! Hot off the press! Be sure to get what you need to create a beautiful native garden that will attract butterflies, birds and bees. NEW this year is our Pollinators Pack! You’ll save $2 on this offer and will receive 8 6-packs of grasses and wildflowers that will attract pollinators. Get your orders in while supplies last. To get your order form visit our website www.ironcountylcd.org/plant-sale and click the link for the brochure or call us at 715/561-2234 and we’ll drop one in the mail to you.”

You can click here for a direct link to the brochure. The deadline for orders is February 24. Michael & I have ordered plants through this sale in the past and have always been really happy with them.

New webcams

The Mercer Chamber of Commerce has erected a new webcam on Highway 51 and has improved the webcam page on their website. Now we can watch the snow fall from anywhere! Take a look:

http://mercercc.com/web-cams/

Outdoor Rec Plan survey

Hi folks – I wanted to share the below survey information.  As you might know, Iron County will begin revising some of its planning documents this year.  The below survey will provide the county forestry department and county board with information on what citizens would like to see in terms of recreation.  Please pass the information on to others who may be interested.

–Terry D

Here is the link to the Outdoor Recreation Plan Survey.  Please feel free to pass this on to everyone.  The more responses we receive the better direction we can take.  The survey will be open for 30 days.  We will then send out a questionnaire to the municipalities and organized recreation clubs for group responses.  They will be given the results of the survey to take into consideration.

IRON COUNTY OUTDOOR RECREATION SURVEY

Tara Krall, Office Manager/Trail Coordinator, Iron County Forestry Department

(715)561-2697

The end of the mining project

“Gogebic Taconite, LLC, was considering development along a four-mile stretch east of the community of Mellen. However, in March 2015 the DNR received a letter from Gogebic Taconite notifying the department that the company is withdrawing its preapplication notice related to a proposed mine.”

I’m removing the tab on this website for the Gogebic-Taconite mining project, but, if anyone would like to follow the wind-down of the project, the DNR’s relevant web page is here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/mines/gogebic.html.