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On Wolves and Watersheds, 6:00 Thursday at The Pines

Hear retired DNR wolf expert Adrian Wydeven’s presentation about the importance of a balanced ecology to the quality of our waters, On Wolves and Watersheds, at The Pines this Thursday, June 17 at 6:00. This seminar is presented by the Rice Lake Association as part of their grant requirement and counts as a contribution to the 25% match portion of the grant, so a large audience will be a great benefit to their effort to control the growth of Curly Leaf Pondweed in the Turtle River watershed. It promises to be an interesting evening!

 

A couple of hardy LOFA members have had quite the adventure up the river this month, pulling pondweed with volunteers from Pike Lake. The effort seems to be working, but there is a lot more to be done.

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Two things to do this week

Thing one: Buffer zones and the critters that inhabit them with Zach Wilson at The Pines
Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (ICLRA) will present their next educational program on Wednesday, August 31st at 6:00 PM at The Pines Beer Garden in Mercer. Our own Iron County Conservation Specialist, Zach Wilson, will speak to the group.

Leopard frogZach’s program will be on buffer zones and the lesser-known critters that live in and around them. Riparian owners are required to leave buffer zones along the lake shore, but what is a buffer zone and why is it important for habitat? In discussions of the health of our lakes, we often talk about fish and large mammals, but turtles, frogs, dragon flies and other inhabitants also influence the delicate balance in our watersheds. These will be the focus of Zach’s presentation.

Thing two: Fill out this quick survey from the Wisconsin DNR, and tell them what you think!

Are you interested in outdoor recreation in Wisconsin? Do you have thoughts about what is currently available and what’s most needed? 

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Putting Wetlands to Work for Your Community

On October 18th at 6:30 pm at the Oma Town Hall the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance and the Iron County Citizens’ Forum are co-sponsoring a program titled “Putting Wetlands to Work for Your Community”.  The speaker will be Kyle Magyera – Local Government Outreach Specialist for the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Sounds interesting! For more information, visit http://ironcitizensforum.blogspot.com/

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ICLRA newsletter with program dates

Dear ICLRA members and friends,

As many of you know 2015-16 was not a good year for protection of our lakes, rivers and the wetlands that feed them. The Wisconsin legislature has made it easier to fill, pollute, and destroy these water resources circumventing Wisconsin’s historic public trust doctrine while appeasing developers, big agriculture and the real estate industry. For over a year ICLRA cooperated with the Iron County Planning and Zoning and Land and Water Conservation Departments to improve shoreland protection. To our dismay, the state government has negated these efforts by overriding all existing Wisconsin county shoreland zoning regulations, taking local control of these policies away from all of us.

Though decades of progress have been reversed, we haven’t surrendered. Please come to the ICLRA summer programs to learn how together we can work to regain those protections and continue to celebrate our greatest resources.

On Wednesday June 29th the first of three ICLRA summer programs will address these issues. Join us at the Pines Beer Garden in Mercer, at 6:00PM, when District 25 Wisconsin state senator Janet Bewley will discuss the loss of local control over our waters. Bob Martini,

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