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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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Shoreline gardening with native plants, revisited

For those who missed it, here is a link to the recording of the December 14 webinar presented by the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network on shoreline gardening. Most problems occurring in a lake are caused by surface runoff from developed properties on the shore. We see erosion, more sediment on the lake bottom, changes in water quality, and loss of habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Rain gardens and shoreline restoration with native plants are the best way to prevent these problems and keep our lake healthy for the future.  The section on creating a rain garden starts two and a half minutes into the presentation, and the section on shoreline edge gardening begins at about 31 minutes in. The video takes about an hour to watch, and is well worth the time. Take a look!

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Shoreline Gardening with Native Plants

The Citizens Lake Monitoring Network has announced their 2022-23 Winter Water Talks online webinar series, and it starts on Tuesday, December 14 with a subject dear to all of our hearts, Shoreline Gardening with Native Plants. Taking good care of our shoreline is the very best thing we can all do to protect Lake of the Falls in the long run. So sign up and learn all about it! Registration is required and can be found at this link. Hope to “see” you at the webinar!

 

Our website is migrating to a new server starting 11/13 and may not be available for a few hours in the next couple of days. It’ll be back, though!

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Walleyes reconsidered – a conversation with Zach Lawson

On October 23rd several LOFA members met with Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Biologist Zach Lawson to talk about fish species, catch limits, habitat, and the health of Lake of the Falls. It was a good conversation! We’re grateful to Zach for taking the time to come out, and to Bill Dalpiaz for setting it up. You can read my notes from the meeting here, and then take a look at Zach’s handouts.

Edit on November 13: I received some revisions to the meeting notes from Zach today, so am posting the corrected copy here. His changes are in italics. He also sent Survey Reports from 2015 for Lake of the Falls and for Third Black Lake in 2016. Regarding the meeting handout posted above, he asked me to remind everyone that “the historic recruitment/stocking/cpe’s document was compiled data from our files here and does NOT have any dialogue associated. Those figures are a rather complex representation of the data we have in hand, were meant for a meeting setting explaination, and therefore, I ask people who view/interoperate those figures/data,

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