Tuesday, March 14, 2017

News from Steph Boismenue......



From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 13, 2017 at 3:38:37 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida Couny AIS News March 13, 2017
Good afternoon,
I hope you are staying warm during this cold snap. As we wait for mother nature to stop teasing us, I have a few things to share that may bring warm fuzzy thoughts of summer to mind.

Nominations for the Invader Crusader Award is Now Open:
Do you know of a youth or adult who has made a significant contribution to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wetlands? If so, please nominate them for a 2017 Invader Crusader Award.  The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council is accepting nominations for individuals, groups, or organizations for their exemplary efforts at addressing issues surrounding terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, including plants, pests, animals and disease-causing organisms. The 2017 Invader Crusader Awards will be presented to both volunteers and professionals. Please consider nominating adults and youth you work with or from your community. The deadline for submitting Invader Crusader nominations is Friday, March 17, 2017.
For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council’s website at http://invasivespecies.wi.gov/awareness-month/awards/

Inquiring Minds:
Are you curious about bait shop owner’s role in preventing AIS or what AIS you should be on the lookout for during ice out?  If so, check out the latest articles on Live from the Lakes: A Wisconsin Lakes Blog website http://lakes-l.blogs.govdelivery.com/  .

2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention in Stevens Point April 5-6-7:
Early bird registration ends Wednesday, March 15th
Reasons to sign up early:
Save some money,
Ensure that you can get into your preferred workshops on Wednesday and Friday afternoon,
Get a t-shirt before your size runs out!
All the info about Convention is on the web at this link: http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/default.aspx

The 2017 Convention is offering a unique off-site daylong “workshop” on Wednesday April 5, hosted by the Thursday keynote speaker Wallace J. Nichols, author of the book Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do . He has arranged a set of national-level presenters who will discuss the different ways we all interact with water in each of our “Seven Ages” of water, from birth to death. This Blue Mind Summit will take place at Sentry World in Stevens Point, and registration is separate from our usual convention registration process. You can view the list of speakers, find more on their backgrounds, and see registration details at this link http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/2017/BlueMind7.aspx

All of our registration options are a la carte, so join us for as little or as much as you are interested in. If you can’t attend, but know of someone who should come to our gathering of lake lovers, please forward this message along.

See you at the Lakes Convention.

Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835    
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Catching up on some news....


From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: February 9, 2017 at 4:05:59 PM CST
Subject: AIS Grant Awarded to Oneida Co. AIS Program
Good afternoon,

The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program is proud to announce it has received a $34,247.00 AIS Education, Prevention and Planning grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  These funds will support the Oneida County AIS Prevention and Control Project 2017-2018 aimed to empower Oneida County’s fight against AIS and safeguard our valuable water resources for current and future generations.

The Project sustains the AIS Program’s mission to “develop and implement an aquatic invasive species (AIS) plan of action that prevents and manages AIS in Oneida County lakes, rivers, and wetlands.”  Additionally, the Project fosters collaboration, support, and participation among lake associations, riparian owners, school groups, businesses, various organizations and partners.

A key component of the Project is the hiring of three limited term employees (LTE’s) to perform AIS management, monitoring, and outreach activities and broaden awareness and understanding of AIS. Some of the many activities the LTE’s will be working on include: Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) watercraft inspections, lead/participate in student and adult educational field events and workshops, develop and distribute outreach material, update the AIS website and Facebook page, newsletter articles, AIS management, Purple Loosestrife biocontrol, restore and rehabilitate ecosystems affected by AIS, and perform Citizen Lake Monitoring Network AIS early detection monitoring, mapping, and data collection on county waterbodies. 

In addition to Oneida County’s AIS Program, a round of applause must be given to the many lake associations and partners in Oneida County that were awarded grant funding through the DNR’s AIS Grant Program. The awarded grants, consisting of AIS Education, Prevention, and Planning Grants ($130,325.13) and AIS Control Clean Boats Clean Waters Grants ($68,710.50), total $199,035.63 and will support AIS education, prevention, control, and management efforts and activities throughout Oneida County.

Funding provided by the DNR’s AIS Grant program is necessary for all Oneida County partners to remain committed to a successful AIS program, which provides critical protection to our valuable natural resources, sensitive ecosystems, recreational opportunities, waterfront property values, and enjoyment for current and future generations.

Congratulations to all recipients.

Steph
Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835    
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us

AIS News

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 6, 2017 at 10:05:03 AM CST
Subject: Oneida Co. AIS Newsletter March 6, 2017
Good morning,
The Oneida County AIS Newsletter is hot off the press (see attached) and loaded with news, CBCW data, conservation camp scholarships available for youth, 2017 Northwoods’ Invasive Species Poster Contest information, important dates to remember, and so much more.  Please feel free to share with your lake group, neighbors, and friends.
Have a great day,
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835   
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us


Click on the links above to get to the newsetter....



News from Michele Saduauskas.....




From: Michele Sadauskas <msadauskas@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 6, 2017 at 4:24:48 PM CST
Subject: WI Headwaters Invasives Partnership annual meeting THIS THURSDAY!
Good afternoon everyone!

WHIP’s (Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership) annual meeting is THIS THURSDAY, March 9, 1:00 p.m.  This year’s meeting will be at the Oneida County Courthouse, County Board Room, Rhinelander WI.

Please join us in reviewing WHIP’s 2016 accomplishments and help determine our 2017 priorities!  I have attached both a flier for the day, and a more detailed business agenda.  Everyone is WELCOME to join us for the entire event.

If you would like to know more about WHIP, please go here: www.whipinvasives.org

Hope to see you there!



   AGENDA: WHIP Annual Meeting
March 9, 2017 – 2:00 PM – Oneida County Courthouse, County Board Room Rhinelander, WI
Call-in instructions: Please RSVP to 715-369-7835. Only 3 spots available.
(It is presumed there will be discussion and/or action on the items listed)
1 Call to Order
2 Introductions of attendees and guests
3 Review Agenda - Amendments/Approve
4 Chairperson Announcements
5 Approve Minutes from 02/03/2017
6 Financial Report- Tracy Beckman
7 Election of Secretary
8 Grants- Rosie Page
9 Trimble unit- Vilas County LWCD
10 Coordinator priorities for 2017- Rosie Page
11 Meetings: Schedule/Locations
12 Partner & Citizen input
13 Suggest topics for next meeting
14 Other Discussion
15 Set future meeting dates
16 Adjourn

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lake Thompson Association News

Lake Thompson Association News
from Frosty Smith

Jan. 25, 2017                                                                                            Vol. 1



We had our Lake Thompson Association (LTA) Christmas Party this last Dec. 2 at Holiday Acres Resort.  There were 26 attending.  Social hour was great with wonderful tasting appetizers to sample.  We had a wonderful meal and an out of this world dessert!  I won’t tell you what it was, so you’ll just have to come next year.  We also collected nonperishable food for the Rhinelander Food Pantry.
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We have some sad news to report that Bob Haskins of Woodstock, IL, and Jean Kilbane of Rhinelander, passed away this last Fall.
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Paul Schreiber gave us some news about our lake’s weed condition.  So far we are okay without any of the bad weeds in our lake.  A BIG thanks to our boys that watch the boat landing!  Paul also announced that we received our grant money from the DNR for our AIS programPlease see reverse for a further message from Paul.
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A LTA board meeting was held to discuss events for 2017, which included mailing of the ice-out and dues notice.  Please see the enclosed form to be completed:

2017 Lake Thompson Association Membership
Annual Dues Invoice/Ice-Out Guess

  Also, please see this year’s LTA event dates on the reverse.  More to follow later.
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For those of you traveling to warmer climates this Winter, we wish you safe travels and look forward to seeing you when you return.  For everyone else who stays on the lake, we are hoping for lots of snow and good ice to enjoy Winter sports and activities.
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If you have any news to be mentioned, please let us know for the next newsletter.  Thanks.

Contact info to:  Frosty Smith (LTA President)
frosty@newnorth.net or 715-369-0520

Lake Thompson Association News
from Frosty Smith

Jan. 25, 2017                                                                                            Vol. 1
C o n t i n u e d

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A message from Paul Schreiber, Vice President /Aquatic Invasive Species  (AIS) Director,  Lake Thompson Association:

Greetings to our lake association members!  As we enter into the new year, our lake association will continue to be fully committed to the fight against Aquatic Invasive Species entering our lake.   Although Lake Thompson currently remains free of invasive plants such as Asian Water Milfoil, we continue to see rapid expansion of invasive plants and species throughout northern Wisconsin lakes.  These harmful invasive plants are not only harmful to ecosystems of lakes and rivers but also can have a potentially negative impact on lake property values.

As we approach the 2017 boating season, we will once again implement our
“Clean Boats/Clean Waters” program.  The core initiative of  the program will concentrate on boat inspections at our public boat landing.  We feel incoming boat inspections is the best ‘front line’ defense against invasive species entering into our waters.  Last season, our junior conservation officers registered 400 plus hours of boat inspections ranking Lake Thompson in the top 1% of all Wisconsin lakes.
We thank all of our association members for their continuing support in our lake management efforts.  Through your lake membership association fees, we are able to continue with our Clean Boat/Clean Waters program. 

Best Wishes in 2017!
Paul E. Schreiber
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Save these dates to attend your LTA events at Holiday Acres Resort:

Ø Friday, June 16, 2017                Annual Member Dinner Meeting

Ø Sunday, August  13, 2017        Annual Member Picnic

Ø Friday, December 1, 2017        Annual Member Christmas Gathering
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Remember to visit the Lake Thompson Association blog:

http://lakethompsonassociation.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Reminder

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: December 9, 2016 at 2:02:45 PM CST
Subject: News for Oneida County AIS - December 9, 2017
Good Afternoon,
I realize news from the AIS department has been quiet lately. That’s because November and December are the months when we roll up our sleeves and dive into grant applications and grant reports.  These grants are extremely important to Oneida County as they provide funding for projects that help protect our valuable water resources. I am happy to say that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  

In the meantime, I wanted to share two fantastic educational to add to your calendars.
Wisconsin Wetland Association’s 2017 Wetland Science Conference
Tuesday February 28 - Thursday March 2, 2017 and the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point
·         Student scholarships applications deadline – January 13
·         Early bird registration deadline – January 20
·         Sponsorship deadline – January 20
·         Final registration deadline – February 23
·         For more information, the Association’s home page can be found at:  http://wisconsinwetlands.org/   http://conference.wisconsinwetlands.org/

Minding Our Waters
2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention
Wednesday April 5 – Friday April 7, 2017 and the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point
During the 39th annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention, Minding Our Waters will emphasize our responsibility to keep the welfare of our water resources on the forefront of our minds as we manage and care for them.
·         Nominate a Person or Group for an Award. There are five Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award categories to recognize outstanding contributions of time and effort to the future of our lakes: Citizen, Organized group, Public service, Youth and Business.  Award nominations deadline – February 3, 2017
·         Call for Posters: A poster display is an excellent way to share your research, project or success story at the convention. Submission deadline – February 23, 2017
·         Photo Contest. To celebrate the 39th Lakes Convention, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership is sponsoring the 15th annual photo contest. It is an opportunity to show the state why you love your lakes as well as display your skill with a camera. Photo submission deadline – March 10, 2017
·         Registration for the event opens in January.
·         For more information, the convention home page can be found at:  http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/default.aspx

Minding Our Water - Did you know that the human body undergoes remarkable changes every time you go underwater? The heart rate slows and the cardiovascular system shifts gears, allowing people to hold their breath much longer than they can above land. Did you also know that, even when controlling for all other variables, people who live near lakes, rivers and oceans experience significant benefits in terms of happiness, longevity, and absence of diseases? These are just some of the many fascinating ways that being near, in, on, and under water affects people. We invite you to take a closer look at these phenomena during the 2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention in Stevens Point April 5-7 as we “go deeper” and explore the mind-body-water connection.

Have a great weekend and Happy Holidays,

Steph
Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835    
Fax:  715-369-6268
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us


Public Input Opportunuty

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: January 6, 2017 at 8:59:08 AM CST
Subject: Public Input Opportunities
Good morning everyone,

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on two water-related proposed program guidance:
WETLANDS - "Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust Program Guidance" draft guidance is now open for review and public comment until January 25, 2017.
WATER QUALITY - “Updates to Wisconsin's Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methods (WisCALM) - Surface Water Quality Assessment Guidance” is open for public comment until January 17, 2017.

Your voice plays an important role in protecting our invaluable water resources.  To view and comment on these proposed program guidance go http://dnr.wi.gov/news/input/guidance.html

Have a great day,
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835    
Fax:  715-369-6268
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us