Board meeting minutes

The minutes from the latest Board of Directors meeting have been added to our About LOFA page for anyone who’s interested in reading them. It was a pretty good meeting! Also, there is now a link on the About our lake page to the Citizen Lake Monitoring reports (water testing for clarity and temperature) past and present for Lake of the Falls and First Black Lake, plus reports from other area lakes; scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see these.

A beautiful day for a picnic!

The Lake of the Falls Association’s annual picnic was last Sunday and we all had a great time! Thanks to Lynn and Jim at Beaver’s for hosting, and to everyone who helped out and brought food to share; and a BIG thanks to James Wehrmann for cooking the burgers and brats to perfection for the sixth year in a row.

Our membership meeting and election of new officers took place before the picnic. Minutes and election results will be posted soon.

ICLRA newsletter with program dates

(Edit: more information about the shoreland zoning issue is now available under the “Beyond the Lake” tab at the top of this page, or just click here.)

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, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, retired, will explain how the new laws effect shoreline protection. It is important for citizens to understand how the legislation enacted in the past five years influences not only protection of water and wildlife and fish habitat, but also the value of real estate. The presentations will be short enough to allow plenty of time for discussion.

ICLRA’s second program, Saturday, July 23rd at 9:00 AM at the Mercer Community Center will feature Zach Wilson, Iron County Land and Conservation specialist, and Sandy Wickman, WDNR, presenting information on resources for riparian owners. This presentation will precede our annual business meeting. At the third program, Zach will talk about the creatures, other than fish, that reside in and around our lakes at a location and date in August to be determined.

All ICLRA programs are free and open to the public, but because our lakes, rivers and wetlands need your support, please join the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance either as a lake association or as an individual.  It only costs $5/year.  Become active in protecting our waters by attending our meetings as well as local and state government meetings and hearings.  Write to your legislators and your governor.

To receive an ICLRA membership forms please email us at ironcountylakesandrivers@gmail.com

Don’t forget our annual Kid’s Free Fishing Day, now changed to Family Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 4th at Lake of the Falls Park on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage at 10:00 AM. To help us prepare enough food, please register in advance. Please see the attached poster and go towww.ironcountylakesalliance.blogspot.com for more information. Hope to see you at the Pines on the 29th.

Best regards,

Bob Collins

President, Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Inc.

 

That’s “American” Marten!

Zach sent this great photo for our post. Marten #13 doesn't look too happy to have his picture taken!

Zach sent this great photo for our post. Marten #13 doesn’t look too happy to have his picture taken!

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.

Please join us for some social time, learning and fun!

Pine MartenPlease join us at Beaver’s Resort:

On Friday August 7th at 2PM for an entertaining program about our native Pine Martens.

Naturalist extraordinaire Zach Wilson has been researching this elusive animal for several years. We may have them right in our back yard! Bring your family and friends and a lawn chair too!
Saturday August 8th – Annual membership meeting @ 11AM – picnic to follow
Don’t forget your cash for the 50/50 raffle, a dish to share and maybe a chair!