Our latest newsletter (June 2020) is now available. It is notable for being the first newsletter published since the Covid-19 outbreak. Our board continues to work remotely on the issues that are so important to our lake community. We are very appreciative of our many members who have already renewed, as well as the generous donations we have received. Your steadfast support during these challenging times enables us to continue our mission to protect our lakes and rivers. Read our latest newsletter for all the details about our work during this unique period in our 25 year history.Read our latest newsletter
The corona virus (Covid-19) has created an unprecedented global health and economic crisis. In this moment in time, we have in common with all other people on our planet the same fear, anxiety and stress over its impacts on the health of our family and friends, as well as its consequences for our society and economy.
Yet I look out the window and see an entirely peaceful and calming scene, seemingly detached from the human toll worldwide. It is amazing to look at our lakes and their natural surroundings and see that the natural world does not appear to have noticed our crisis or been impacted at all. Well, the skies are maybe a little clearer. Read more “Note from the President”
Vilas County issues advisory to seasonal homeowners.
On March 20, 2020, the Vilas County Public Health Official declared that a Public Health Emergency exists in Vilas County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national spread of the COVID-19 virus, Vilas County Government issued the following inter-county Travel Advisory. It urged seasonal or second home owners to stay away from the area due to high community transmission in outside areas. It also noted the very limited healthcare infrastructure in Vilas County and the high population of older adults that are most vulnerable as other factors for issuing the advisory.
Focusing on Resilient Lakes and Rivers is the theme for this year’s annual Lakes & River Convention. The lakes focus of this annual event has been broadened to include rivers and streams, in recognition of the importance of a full watershed approach to caring for our natural waters.
The event will be held on April 1-3, as originally planned; however, the format has been shifted from a in-person convention to an Online Learning Event due to the coronavirus.
Part of our effort to preserve our natural waters for future generations is to encourage youth to discover and protect our natural world. Each year we are excited to award a scholarship to a local high school graduating senior interested in continuing their education in a conservation or related field.
This year, we are pleased to recognize Northland Pines High School senior Noah Miller as our 2019 VCLRA scholarship award recipient.Read more “Noah Miller awarded 2019 VCLRA Scholarship”
As a follow up to investigations into the economic value of waterfront properties in Oneida and Vilas Counties, researchers from UW-Eau Claire, researched the link between water clarity and the sale prices of waterfront homes. This research project was proposed by the Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Dept. and the Oneida and Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Associations, and funded by grants from the Lumberjack RC&D and the UWEC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Funding for Shoreland Property Owners
Do you want to attract more fish to your shoreline? What about keeping your shoreline from eroding away? Or maybe you’re just interested in doing the right thing to improve the water quality on your lake? Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Department is seeking lakeshore property landowners wanting funds to improve lake water quality or shoreline habitat.
Read more “Healthy Lakes Grant”
The Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association (VCLRA) was pleased to award its inaugural scholarship to Lakeland Union student, Joseph Boyle. The annual VCLRA scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior and Vilas County resident aspiring to make a positive difference in the world by choosing to further their education in natural resources or a related field.