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Grant money for shoreland restoration is available

This came from Jack S.:

I spoke with Heather Palmquist, Iron County land and water, last night at the Conservation on Tap program. She told me there is still grant money available for shoreland restoration and erosion control. If you are having an issue with your property and are not sure if your problem qualifies for assistance give her a call and speak with her. Click here for the contact information. When I received a grant 8 years ago it was a 70/30 split, they paid 70% and I paid 30%. I believe it is still that way. The project would probably not get done this year but you would be “on the books” for next year.

Alas, they don’t give money for weed control in the lake!

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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.

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That’s “American” Marten!

Not Pine, American!

Last Friday Iron County Conservation Specialist Zach Wilson gave us a great talk on the American Marten, and described his efforts to identify and track them in the woods in our area with the help of local high school students.  Thanks, Zach, for a very interesting afternoon! For anyone who wants to follow up,  the Wisconsin DNR’s page on American Martens is here, the Iron County Land & Water Conservation’s web page is here, and their Facebook page is here.

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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

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Wildlife in our forest

Last August we enjoyed a presentation by Zach Wilson, of the Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department, about his research on the American martens that live in the woods to the west of the lake.  Recently he published these photos on Facebook that show a lot of activity around the bait he and his volunteers are monitoring. No martens yet, but – wow!

If anyone is lucky enough to spot an American marten in the neighborhood, Zach wants to know. Contact him at zach@ironcountywi.org.

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