Turtle River Watershed Management Plan

In response to concern about environmental threats to our waterways in Iron County, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (of which LOFA is a member) has been working with the State of Wisconsin to create a new model for assessing and improving the health of our lakes and rivers. ICLRA secretary Dick Thiede’s letter, sent by LOFA treasurer Jack Schuett to LOFA members last Tuesday, goes into a lot of detail about the reasons for this effort and is worth the time it takes to read. The upshot is the creation of the Turtle River Watershed Management Plan, a cooperative effort to address specific problems in the river system that can potentially affect everyone, such as the aquatic invasive species which are already present in some upriver lakes. The ICLRA is hosting a “kickoff” conference on Wednesday, January 29 to start the ball rolling on this important initiative. Time and place are still TBD and will be posted here. As Jack stated in his email to LOFA members on Tuesday,

While this is not an ideal time for many of you to attend, it is imperative to get the “ball rolling” as to have something in place ASAP. We know the the problem will not resolve itself. There will be committees and studies to be done so there will be plenty of chances to get involved.

We’ll keep everyone posted on the progress of this initiative.

To read Dick Thiede’s email, click here, and here to see a map of the Turtle River Watershed.

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!

The Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department Native Plant Sale 2019

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Planting native species is one of the best things you can do to beautify your property, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance the health of our lake. The Iron County LWCD makes it easy and affordable with their annual Native Plant Sale! They’re offering some NEW plant species this year, and and a new option of smaller bundle sizes of trees and shrubs. Here is this year’s order form, or you can go to the ICLWCD website or call Heather at 715-561-2234. The order deadline is February 22.

Conservation on Tap 2017

Another sure sign of Spring! Here is the Conservation on Tap schedule for the coming year. Print one for yourself and one for a friend. It looks like an interesting line up. 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.