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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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Two things to do this week

Thing one: Buffer zones and the critters that inhabit them with Zach Wilson at The Pines
Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (ICLRA) will present their next educational program on Wednesday, August 31st at 6:00 PM at The Pines Beer Garden in Mercer. Our own Iron County Conservation Specialist, Zach Wilson, will speak to the group.

Leopard frogZach’s program will be on buffer zones and the lesser-known critters that live in and around them. Riparian owners are required to leave buffer zones along the lake shore, but what is a buffer zone and why is it important for habitat? In discussions of the health of our lakes, we often talk about fish and large mammals, but turtles, frogs, dragon flies and other inhabitants also influence the delicate balance in our watersheds. These will be the focus of Zach’s presentation.

Thing two: Fill out this quick survey from the Wisconsin DNR, and tell them what you think!

Are you interested in outdoor recreation in Wisconsin? Do you have thoughts about what is currently available and what’s most needed? 

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ICLRA newsletter with program dates

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,

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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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