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The state of our fisherie in Lake of the Falls

On Tuesday June 28, 11 LOFA members gathered at Beaver’s for a conversation with our local DNR Fish Biologist, Zach Lawson, on the subject of the fisherie in Lake of the Falls. This is a summary or our wide-ranging and very interesting 90-minute discussion.

 

According to Zach, the walleye population is in decline not only in Lake of the Falls, but in most lakes across the north woods, likely as a result of our changing environment. Warmer temperatures, overharvesting, variations in ice-off dates, alterations to our shorelines and  more are all contributing factors in the decline. Across the region, more fish are being stocked in our lakes while fewer are surviving.

 

Since 2013. . .(to read the full report, click here)

 

An audio recording of the full meeting is available on request. Send an email to lofassociation@gmail.com if you would like to hear it!

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Shoreline gardening with native plants, revisited

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!

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Shoreline Gardening with Native Plants

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!

 

Our website is migrating to a new server starting 11/13 and may not be available for a few hours in the next couple of days. It’ll be back, though!

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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 lofassociation@gmail.com. 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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Zach Wilson to speak at the May board meeting

Join Iron County Land and Water Conservation Specialist Zach Wilson on Sunday, May 29 at 11:00 (after the board meeting) at Beaver’s Resort to learn about Water Quality and Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring. Zach will be discussing the latest information on the Turtle River curly leaf pondweed occurrences and spread, as well as proper monitoring techniques for Lake of the Falls.

 

This is a good chance to get your questions answered by someone who knows the situation inside-out. Hope to see a lot of LOFA members there.

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