Curly Leaf Pondweed

Last week several LOFA members attended an online training session led by Zach Wilson of the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department about how to identify Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP), a persistent aquatic invasive species which has infested Rice Lake and has been recently discovered growing in PIke Lake, just up the river from Lake of the Falls. The ICLWC is partnering with the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance in an effort to control CLP and prevent it’s spread., and the landowners around Pike Lake are forming a new lake association specifically to meet this challenge. Volunteers are being trained and scheduled to hand-pull the weeds in the next few weeks during their early growth period, when they can be identified and removed without spreading further.

If Curly Leaf Pondweed were to make its way into Lake of the Falls it would be a serious problem for all of us. Our lake has the perfect environment for it to grow and thrive. Here is a video produced by the North Lakeland Discovery Center showing how to identify the plant. Since we can’t meet in person to learn about this together, please watch the video and be on the lookout for CLP when you are out on the lake or up the river. If you find any don’t pull it, but send a note immediately to lofassociation@gmail.com so we can let Zach know. And if you want to volunteer as a “pondweed puller” on Pike Lake see this page on their website for more information

Thanks!

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

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed

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.

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, to contact me directly with any questions/concerns before drawing any conclusions.”

Zach’s efforts on behalf or our lake are greatly appreciated and we hope to see him again next season!

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!