Sunday, August 6, 2017

Annual Picnic

Hi Lake Thompson Association (LTA) members 

(this email reminder is only to those LTA members who have provided an email address in the membership form - IF you happen to hear about a member who has not received this, please pass the info along, and/or reply to below accordingly) 

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picnic_bench_A_outline_jpg.htm.jpg                                                                                                    annual picnic at Holiday Acres Resort, Sunday, August 13, 2017 . . .  
                                                (the “special” area is on the lawn of the Zambon white house that overlooks beautiful Lake Thompson facing West )


half-yard-ribs-bibs-grill-master-in.jpg    "grill masters” LIGHT UP THE COALS ~ 12 NOON, to cook the meats provided by the Lake Thompson Association - 
                                                                these include:  hamburgers & hot dogs (and buns too); lunch usually is ready to EAT ABOUT 12:30 PM



imgres.jpg                                                                                                   first come gets best grill space IF you care to bring your own selection to cook




imgres.jpg                                                            a Dish-to-Pass is always welcome, but not required;
                                                                                                                         for your own family include in your picnic baskets utensils, plates, cups and other picnic favorites


15-10-08_M4bw_jpg.htm.jpg                                                                                                                                                beverages are provided by the Lake Thompson Association, however, this event is also a BYO  


Even if you happened to miss the June Annual Membership Event, you are welcome to join your fellow members (and any Lake Thompson neighbors interested in joining the Lake Thompson Association) and their families at this casual annual picnic (COME RAIN OR SHINE) - NO RSVP REQUIRED



Any questions, please reply to this email or cell:



715-432-4707 cell

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Invasive Species Roadshow

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: July 6, 2017 at 4:17:51 PM CDT
Subject: Invasive Species Roadshow
Good afternoon,

Think you might have found a terrestrial or aquatic invasive species in your lake, woods, garden or yard?  Is there an odd looking plant growing under your boat lift?  Not sure if the pretty little plant with blue flowers is invasive?  Have lots of snails in your lake? Are they invasive or native?

Bring a sample of your suspicious plants and animals to the INVASIVE SPECIES ROADSHOW.  
On Friday July 14 from 1:00-4:00, a multi-county team of invasive species experts will be at one of the following ROADSHOW locations to identify your sample and answer questions about invasive species.

TRIG’S GREENSPACE in RHINELANDER
TRIG’S in EAGLE RIVER
LANGLADE COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER in ANTIGO
NORTHERN GREAT LAKES VISITOR CENTER  in ASHLAND

Brought to you by:
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department,
Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Department,
Bayfield County Land & Water Conservation,
Langlade County Land Conservation Department,
Langlade County Forestry & Recreation, and
Wisconsin Headwaters Invasive Partnership

Don’t think you have an invasive?  That’s OK, stop by to say HI, meet the team, and have snacks and lemonade on us!  If you have any questions, don’t be shy.

Hope to see you there.

Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-7835
Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

AIS LANDING BLITZ


From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: June 28, 2017 at 10:58:54 AM CDT
Subject: AIS News - Landing Blitz
Good Morning,

Going boating this Fourth of July weekend? You may be one of thousands of Wisconsinites to be greeted by watercraft inspectors at boat landings around the state, who will be sharing a simple but powerful message: you have the power to protect our waters from aquatic invasive species (AIS)!

This holiday weekend, June 30th through July 4th, is the ninth annual Landing Blitz, a statewide effort to remind boaters and other water lovers to use their power to stop the spread of AIS.  The Oneida County AIS Team, along with 18 participating lake associations, DNR wardens and water guards, will be on hand at boat landings around Oneida County to give demonstrations of the prevention steps and answer questions about invasive species. They will be passing out free microfiber towels (while supplies last) as a thank you to the boaters they observe practicing the important prevention steps of “Inspect, Remove, Drain, and Never Move.” The towels serve as a reminder to take action to prevent the spread of AIS and are perfect for soaking up water in livewells and for wiping down boats, jet skis, anchors and other equipment after a fun day on the water.

You can follow the Oneida County AIS Team’s Landing Blitz adventures, stories of towel giveaways, and of how they are helping lake users be part of the solution to prevent the spread of AIS, by visiting our Oneida County AIS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/oneidacountyais/

Share your action and help spread the message
A fun addition to this year’s Landing Blitz is an interactive way for you to share how you stop aquatic hitchhikers!  You can post photos and messages about the importance of stopping AIS by using the hashtag #CleanBoatsCleanWaters.  You can also share where and how you protect our lakes and rivers by contributing to a Story Map that will showcase photos and messages from water lovers across Wisconsin. Story Map contributions can be made at this link: http://arcg.is/2o9YIU9

Invasive plants and animals, like Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny water fleas, and zebra mussels, pose great risks to the health of our lakes and fisheries. These species spread easily by hitching a ride on boats and other equipment, including trailers, anchors, livewells, buckets and bilges. However, boaters can easily prevent this by taking the following simple steps every time they enter and leave both public and private boat landings:
·         Inspect your boat, trailer and equipment
·         Remove all attached plants or animals
·         Drain all water from boats, motors, livewells and other equipment
·         Never move live fish away from a waterbody
·         Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash
·         Buy minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer, and use leftover minnows only if you will be using them on that same waterbody or if no lake or river water or other fish have been added to the container.

In addition, following these steps help boaters comply with Wisconsin state law, which prohibits the transport of AIS. Together, we are all part of the solution for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. For questions contact Oneida County AIS Coordinator, Stephanie Boismenue at 715-369-7835. 

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July,
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-7835
Oneida County Courthouse (second floor)
Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

AIS Drain Campaign


From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: June 7, 2017 at 3:25:05 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida Co. AIS News 6-7-17
Good Afternoon,

The statewide AIS Drain Campaign is this weekend from Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th.

During the Drain Campaign, the Oneida County AIS Team, along with several lake associations and partnering agencies, will be reminding anglers and boaters to drain their boats, livewells and other gear before and after hitting the lakes. They will also be handing out free ice packs to anglers to aid them in taking this important step. The Drain Campaign aims to increase awareness of and compliance with Wisconsin’s draining laws among anglers, the campaign’s target audience. The campaign focuses on the AIS prevention steps, help anglers understand how and why some of Wisconsin’s worst AIS can spread through transported water, and helps anglers understand the rules on fish and water transport.

Boaters may know to inspect their boat for weeds before entering and when leaving the lake, but they may not realize that they could inadvertently transport one of the worst AIS through water.  Invaders like zebra mussel larvae or spiny water fleas are too small to readily see and can survive to the next lake when water is left in livewells, buckets, bilge, motors or equipment.

Why Give Away Ice Packs? Because once your day’s catch is out of water, the fish are not considered live and can be safely transported home. Since fish need to be kept fresh on the road, ice is an alternative to livewells that’s already preferred by many anglers. Some folks are used to taking their catch home in livewells, but ice is a legal and better way to get those fish home. It stops any bacterial growth, and then your catch isn’t ingesting the fish toxins that concentrate in fouled, low-oxygen water on the way home, which some say affects the taste. You also don’t want that water making it to a new lake. Fish diseases or very small invasive species can get around that way.

Examples of small invasive species that can easily hitch a ride in water are Zebra Mussels and Spiny Water fleas.  Though neither one has been found in Oneida County, they are extremely close to the county line. In Vilas County, the Spiny Water fleas have been found in Trout Lake, Star Lake, Stormy Lake, and Ike Walton Lake. To the East of us, in Forest County, the Zebra Mussels have caused significant damage to Lake Metonga. Anglers are really passionate about protecting their lakes, and will take time to remove and drain invasive species from their boats just because it’s the right thing to do. No one wants to bring zebra mussels or spiny water fleas to a new lake just because they forgot to drain their water.

It takes just a few minutes at the landing to keep our lakes beautiful and our fish healthy. Know the laws and follow the AIS prevention steps every time you leave the water.

INSPECT boats, trailers and equipment.
REMOVE all attached aquatic plants and animals.
DRAIN all water from boats, vehicles, equipment including livewells and buckets containing fish.
NEVER MOVE plants or live fish away from a waterbody.
DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash
BUY minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer. Use leftover minnows only under certain conditions*
*You may take leftover minnows away from any state water and use them again on that same water. You may use leftover minnows on other waters only if no lake or river water or other fish were added to their container.

The Clean Boats Clean Waters Watercraft Inspectors throughout Oneida County have been doing an OUTSTANDING job of educating boaters.  But, it’s important to remain vigilant about educating why it’s important to drain boats, livewells and bait buckets and stop invasive species in their tracks.

If you have questions about AIS or think you may have discovered an AIS that is not known to that waterbody, please do not hesitate to contact me at 715-369-7835.

Enjoy the sunshine and have a great day.

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Sunday, June 4, 2017

CBCW Scheduled 2 more refresher Workshops

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: June 2, 2017 at 4:24:25 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida Co. AIS - CBCW Workshop Schedule
Good afternoon,

Would you like to attend a CBCW workshop? If so, there are two more CBCW Workshops being offered and both are free:

Saturday, June 3rd from 8:00 am – 9:00 am at the Crescent Lake Boat Landing. This workshop is geared as a refresher course. You do not need to register.

Wednesday June 7th from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm at the Town of Minocqua’s Community Center (3rd floor) located at 415 Menominee Street, Minocqua. This workshop will offer plant ID, the DNR wardens perspective on invasive species, plus all the tips and tricks imaginable to help you conduct a successful watercraft inspection and stop AIS from spreading. Please register by calling Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),

1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bear Spotted

Our neighbor Leon Sammuelson caught this photo on his Trail Cam a week or so ago. The Trail Cam is located in his front yard and the bear (Yogi) was about 10 feet from his living room window!  So it's that time again......be cognizant if you have bird feeders out and find them toppled or gone completely. Bears are creatures of habit and will go on the same nightly walk if they are finding plenty of things to get into. It can be a good idea to take bird feeders in at night if possible and you need to do this for at least 2 weeks and then they usually change their habits. Above all they are wild creatures and can be dangerous if you get between a mother and her cubs. So use good judgement. This bear was sighted on North Shore Dr. almost at the end of the road.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Change of Venue for Tomorrow April 26

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: April 26, 2017 at 10:07:58 AM CDT
Subject: Thursdays CBCW Workshop-Change of Location
Good Morning,
Due to weather, tomorrows (May 27th) Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop has moved indoors to the Oneida County Courthouse, Committee Room 2 (second floor, across the hall from Planning and Zoning). The courthouse is located at 1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander WI.     Same time 5:-6:30 pm.   Bring a coat because at the end of the workshop, we will head outside to go over watercraft inspection checkpoint on the DNRs boat.
There is still time to sign-up for the workshop. Please call 715-369-7835 to register.
Please pass this information on to your lake groups, neighbors and friends.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Celebrate Earth Week April17-22

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: April 13, 2017 at 5:13:22 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida County AIS Presents A Night at the Movies
Good Friday Afternoon,

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Earth Week (April 17-21) and Earth Day (April 22)?   If so, bring the entire family to the movies to see the spectacular documentary “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes” on the big screen.  
You can see it on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts in Three Lakes, WI.  It is FREE to the public.   Seating is still available and an RSVP is encouraged. Call Oneida County Land & Water at 715-369-7835 to reserve your seat.

This two-hour documentary about aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, will take viewers below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and into the middle of a complex war for survival. Narrated by Bill Kurtis, “Making Waves” traces the path of the invasion and joins researchers on the front lines as they combat invasive species and work to restore native species, in an effort to prevent a biological takeover of the Great Lakes. This documentary includes our own AIS Coordinator, Stephanie Boismenue and County Conservationist, Michele Sadauskas as they highlight “local” AIS issues throughout Oneida County. To view a trailer of Making Waves, visit www.makingwavesdocumentary.com

This special presentation of “Making Waves” is provided by Oneida County and Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Departments. 

Have a great weekend,

Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Clean Boats Clean Waters Workshops


From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 21, 2017 at 12:08:08 PM CDT
Subject: 3 CBCW Workshops Offered in Oneida County
Good afternoon,

As the 2017 boating season begins, the Oneida County AIS Team is gearing up to help both new and seasoned Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspectors become armed with how and why educational awareness is so important in preventing the spread of AIS and learn the tips and tricks of the trade.  This fun and educational event will take place during three FREE Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshops, hosted by Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department.

Thursday April 27th         5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Rhinelander at Hodag Park’s Boom Lake Landing
Thursday May 25th          5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Three Lakes at Cy Williams Park’s Picnic Shelter
Wednesday June 7th      5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Minocqua Community Center, 3rd floor

See attached flyer for a list of guest presenters and additional information. Please register soon by contacting the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835, or email me, Stephanie Boismenue, AIS Coordinator at sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us
For more information about the workshops, please visit www.oneidacountyais.com

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-7835
Visit us on the web at www.oneidacountyais.com
Like us on Facebook at Oneida County AIS | Facebook

Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),

1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501

Three Clean Boats, Clean Waters Workshops
Offered in Oneida County
As the 2017 boating season begins, the Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Team is gearing up to help both new and seasoned Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspectors become armed with how and why educational awareness is so important in preventing the spread of AIS and learn the tips and tricks of the trade. This fun and educational event will take place during three FREE Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshops, hosted by Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department.
 Thursday April 27th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Rhinelander at Hodag Park’s Boom Lake Landing
 Thursday May 25th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Three Lakes at Cy Williams Park’s Picnic Shelter
 Wednesday June 7th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Minocqua Community Center, 3rd floor
Workshop presenters include:
 Sandy Wickman, Outreach Specialists - University of Wisconsin Extension Lakes and Water Resource Management Specialist - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will present “Hands-on Aquatic Plant Species Identification.” Her wealth of knowledge will help you understand the beautiful underwater gardens that live below the water’s surface and help you to become a pro at spotting native and invasive plants.
 Stephanie Boismenue, AIS Coordinator - Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department, will present “Look What the Craft Dragged In” as she walks you through a real watercraft inspection from start to finish and shows you how and where invasive species are most likely to hitch a ride. She will also discuss the upcoming statewide AIS Drain Campaign and the Fourth of July Boat Landing Blitz.
 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden’s will present “A Law Enforcement Perspective” and share their role in protecting our natural resources by preventing the spread of AIS.
o Jim Jung, Conservation Warden, will present in Rhinelander
o David Walz, Supervisor, Conservation Warden, will present in Three Lakes
o Tim Ebert, Conservation Warden, will present in Minocqua
Clean Boats, Clean Waters resources, door prizes, refreshments and lite snacks will be provided. Please register soon by contacting the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835, or email Stephanie Boismenue, Oneida County AIS Coordinator at sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us. For more information about the workshops, please visit www.oneidacountyais.com. In the event of severe weather, please visit the website for up-to-the-minute updates.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Former Lake Thompson Board Member Doug Lehman

The obituary for Doug Lehman
http://www.carlsonfh.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=1632260  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

AIS News and an Opportunity for High School Artists



From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 24, 2017 at 4:27:30 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida County AIS News 3-24-17
Good afternoon,

I wanted to share with you a few AIS and natural resource related articles, plus a fantastic opportunity for high school artists to enter the DNR’s trout and salmon stamp contest:

Help Wetlands, Raise Beetles
The Oneida County AIS Program is always in need of volunteers (individuals, school groups, and organizations) to help rear the calla beetle as part of the state-wide purple loosestrife biocontrol program. If you are curious about theses interesting little beetles and/or considering becoming a volunteer, you can read about them in this article, “Help Wanted, Raise Beetles” on the Live from the Lakes: A Wisconsin Lakes Blog website. Let me know if you would like to become a volunteer for the program and I will be happy to provide you with information, resources and help you get set-up. Click on the link for read the full article.  http://lakes-l.blogs.govdelivery.com/2017/03/help-wetlands-raise-beetles/

High school artists, angling enthusiasts sought for DNR trout and salmon stamp contests
Do you know of a student in grades 9-12 who has a talent for creating stunning trout and salmon works of art? If so, here is a chance of a lifetime to have their masterpiece printed on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 2018 Wisconsin inland trout stamp or a Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp. Wow, what an honor!  These beautiful stamps must be purchased by anglers (including myself) who wish to pursue trout and salmon on inland waters or the Great Lakes and are purchased in addition to the state fishing license. Better yet, revenue from the stamp sales is used for restoring and maintaining habitat and in the case of the Great Lakes stamp, for stocking and rearing trout and salmon.
Details about this incredible opportunity can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=580#art4

Below is a link to several articles that may be of interest to you, published in The DNR Weekly News Update, and include:
•             New catch and release state record fish category to create excitement for anglers when 2017 season opens
•             Maple Fest to be held April 1 at MacKenzie Center
•             Public input sought as Wisconsin DNR, Michigan DNR, Chippewa bands ready walleye rehabilitation effort for Lac Vieux Desert
•             High school artists, angling enthusiasts sought for DNR trout and salmon stamp contests
•             Protect oak trees from oak wilt by waiting until after July to prune
•             2017 revision to the Broad Incidental Take Permit and Authorization for activities with no or low impact to endangered resources in Wisconsin

As always, don’t forget to check out the Oneida County AIS website www.oneidacountyais.com and like us on Facebook.  

Have a fantastic weekend.
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
On the web at
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


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
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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