In addition to our online (blog) Article and News items, VCLRA publishes 2 print newsletters per year that are mailed to members (unless a member requests digital only). The 2021 Spring printed version will be mailed out later this month; however, view the digital version now:
Vilas and Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Associations will again co-host a multi-county lakes workshop on July 16th 2021 from 9am-1pm. Climate change, high water, development, and less state protections can all impact water quality in the Northwoods and will be addressed during the meeting. Six counties are expected to participate: Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, and Iron.
The annual event will again be conducted via Zoom, which permits a larger audience to participate than usual with in-person venues. Below is the preliminary agenda. Please check back for zoom link information and revised program details. There is no charge for the workshop.
9:00 am to 9:10 am – “Welcome & Zoom etiquette review”– Patrick Goggin, Extension Lakes (Host)
9:10 am to 9:30 am – “Legislative update”-Mike Engleson, Wisconsin Lakes (Executive Director)
9:30 am to 9:50 am – “Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources updates”-Scott Van Egeren, WDNR (Water Resources Management Specialist & Lakes and Rivers Biologist)
9:50 am to 10:10 am – “Lake Steward Program”– Dorothy Whitmer, Gull Chain of Lakes Association, Nisswa, MN
10:10 am to 10:30 am – BREAK
10:30 am to 10:50 am – “Wisconsin Shoreland Evaluation Tool” – Alex Delvoye, WDNR (Surface Water Grants Program Assistant)
10:50 am to 11:10 am – “Clearcutting to water: incompatibility with local shoreland rules” – Bob Thome, Jr., District 11 Oneida County Board (County Supervisor)
11:10 am to 11:30 am – “Wisconsin’s Green Fire partners for Healthy Lakes” – Mike Meyer, NOVA Ecological Services (Research Scientist)
11:30 am to 11:50 pm – “Fish hatcheries & fish habitat support by Wisconsin Tribal Nations” – Tom Melnarik, Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC), (Civil Engineering Technician)
11:50 am to 12:00 pm – “Shoreline stabilization: a guide for homeowners” booklet – Quita Sheehan (or other Northwoods county rep), Land and Water Conservation Departments
12:00 am to 12:20 pm – “Current trends and challenges related to recreational water use in Wisconsin” – Mike Engleson, Wisconsin Lakes (Executive Director)
12:20 am to 1:00 pm – Lake Organizations Annual Meetings in breakout rooms
Written by Cathy Higley
The winner of the 2021 Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Poster Contest is Izabella Mitchell of Arbor Vitae – Woodruff Elementary School. The Vilas County Youth Conservation Poster Contest is held annually to promote youth awareness of local land and water conservation issues. Vilas County Land & Water staff partner with teachers, home schoolers, and other educators to offer lessons that meet academics standards. Read more “Izabella Mitchell of AV-W Wins Vilas County Poster Contest”
Finally we can say goodbye to 2020! Each of us faced unprecedented challenges that truly reshaped our focus and priorities.
VCLRA, like so many others, found new ways to connect with our community and coworkers so we could press on with our work and make an impact. Due to the pandemic, we tailored our approach to engage and inform through zoom meetings, virtual events, and expanded online digital learning experiences. Read more “Happy Holidays!”
The Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association (VCLRA) awarded our Blue Heron Shoreland Stewardship Award to Debbie Millar of Ballard Lake for restoration completed on her lakefront property. This award was presented at our “Celebrate the Lakes Day” on July 10, 2020 via Zoom Conference Call. Congratulations to Debbie Millar!
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.
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.
Read more “2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Online Learning Event”
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.