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More shoreline gardening! With native plants!

Joe Pye Weed and a Tiger SwallowtailThe best thing we can do to keep our lake in good condition is to take care of our shorelines. The Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department’s Native Plant Sale, now in its 30th year, is a great opportunity to add interest to your landscape with plants that are good for our lake! You can find the brochure here, on their website at  https://www.ironcountylwcd.com (click on programs, then click on the native plant sale tile),  or call their office at 715-561-2234 to get a brochure mailed to you. The deadline for ordering is February 24. Kick those winter blues with some GREEN!

And remember, the Conservation Department is always available to assist landowners with habitat restorations, shoreline stabilization, tree drops, and more. These projects are eligible for their cost-share program. For more information call the office and talk to Heather Palmquist – she’s always happy to help!

 

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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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Proposed change to Iron County shoreland zoning ordinance

Edit: The Iron County zoning commission met on Tuesday and agreed to leaving the zoning ordinance as-is. Seems like we’re in good shape on this front.

LOFA members, we received this email from Jeffrey Malison of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage and Trude Lake Property Owners’ Association yesterday outlining a proposed change to Iron County’s shoreland zoning ordinance to allow for increased development at the request of Gateway Lodge. The developer is seeking to build 4 additional rental houses (one already on the parcel) on a 75′ wide, 1-acre shoreland parcel on the Flowage and he has asked the County to change the ordinance in a way that would allow the development. The change would impact all lake and riverfront properties throughout Iron County. Read the entire email here for the details.

 

Contact information for the Iron County Zoning committee members and the Zoning Administrator are in the email, and the next Iron County Zoning Committee meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday, March 15 in Hurley. Residents’ input can be very important in the decision-making process, and LOFA members are encouraged to write,

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