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Lakeshore Currents - Letter from the President

Lakeshore CurrentsDear LNRP Supporter,

In this and future editions of The Source I want to let you know about recent initiatives of the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership that show great promise for our future – not just for the organization but, more importantly, for the greater lakeshore region that we serve.  In this issue, I am focusing on young people.

How can we engage our youth in ways that promote community service, conserve precious land and water resources, and instill the value of physical labor and financial responsibility?  Cleveland resident and LNRP Board Vice President, John Kirsch, has proposed an idea to our board that brings to life the stewardship ethic we aspire to:  a Friends of Hika Bay Conservation Corps.

In what could/should become a model for engaging our young people in the activities of LNRP’s Friends and partner groups, John proposes that we enlist youth -- ages 10-15, their parents, relatives and other supporters, and local banks, in a collective effort to teach outdoor work skills, environmental science, work place safety, financial responsibility, and the sense of a job well done.  Funding would come from individual sponsorship of each participant, and LNRP will manage the program, provide outdoor work opportunities, instructors and leaders, tools, equipment and personal protective gear.  The banks will serve as depositories of sponsorship dollars.

All this reminds me of the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), FDR’s program of the 1930s and ‘40s that put young American men to work in a variety of nature-based jobs.  My mother’s older brother, Uncle Van, participated by replanting Wisconsin’s northern forests.  Even though funding for the federal program was allowed to lapse during WWII, conservation corps programs continue today in many states.

Chris GoebelI think John’s idea to reintroduce, locally, the CCC ideal in the Hika Bay area is an inspired one, and hope that you will, too, by providing financial and/or volunteer support.  More details will soon be available through the Friends of Hika Bay.  Together we can do this!

Chris Goebel, LNRP Board President

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6th Annual Chautauqua Barn Dance September 13, 2014

Please join us for the 6th Annual Partnering for Progress Chautauqua and Barn Dance celebrating Wisconsin farms, locally sourced food, and healthy urban and rural communities.  The annual event will run from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, September 13, at the historic Saxon Homestead Farm in Cleveland, Wisconsin, located near the Lake Michigan shore in southern Manitowoc County.  This year’s Chautauqua-in-the-Tent opens the celebration with Aldo Leopold biographer, Curt Meine.

Dr. Meine is a conservation biologist, historian, and writer.  He serves as a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and with the Chicago-based Center for Humans and Nature.  At home in Sauk County, Wisconsin, he devotes his time to local land conservation, ecological restoration, and sustainable agriculture projects, and is a founding member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance.  His award-winning biography Aldo Leopold:  His Life and Work (University of Wisconsin Press) was reissued in a new edition in 2010.  In March 2013, the Library of America published his edited collection of Leopold’s writings, Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac and Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology.  Most recently he appeared as the narrator and on-screen guide of the documentary film Green Fire:  Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.  We will show this film as part of our Chautauqua series with commentary from Dr. Meine and Dick Cates, whose family and farm received the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

Event proceeds benefit Partnering for Progress, a collaboration of the non-profit Gathering Waters Conservancy, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers.  This year, we’ve lowered the cost of admission to the price of an annual membership to both LNRP and Gathering Waters Conservancy as follows: $10 for students, $30 for an individual adult, and $50 per couple. Entertainment in the restored barn will be provided by Buffalo Stomp and will include raffles and door prizes.  The Lakeshore Technical College Culinary Institute instructors and students will join caterer Joe Schuh of Broken Plate Catering in preparing an expanded assortment of locally sourced food.  Spirits and refreshments will come from 3 Sheeps Brewery, Trout Springs Winery, and Terra Verde Coffeehouse. 

For more information and to order tickets, visit www.wisconsinfarmland.org/barndance, or contact Jenn, 920-627-1799, or jenn@LNRP.org.

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Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation

Winners of the 2014 Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation are Shawn Graff, executive director of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Individual Award, and Tyco of Marinette, Business Award.

Shawn GraffIn his 11-year tenure, Shawn has directed all of OWLT’s preservation programs and organizational development – funding membership, education and outreach, land stewardship and conservation.  As a result of his perseverance and passion, OWLT has won abundant praise for its conservation initiatives along with support from Gathering Waters Conservancy, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Washington County Land Conservation Department, Ozaukee County Departments of Land and Water Management, and Planning and Parks, and the Wisconsin DNR.

Of note is OWLT’s transformation of the former Squires Golf Course into the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, due to Shawn’s leadership.  His vision and collaboration with other partners were primary factors in OWLT being selected as the 2011 ‘Land Trust of the Year’ for the state of Wisconsin, and have directly resulted in permanent protection and improvement to forests, wetlands, natural areas, open spaces and natural system functions in the Lake Michigan basin.

Tyco’s predecessor along the Menominee River, Ansul, Inc., manufactured a pesticide for decades after World War II to the 1970s, storing arsenic salts on-site which contaminated soils, groundwater and river sediments.  Tyco began a concerted effort in 2009 to restore the natural, economic and social vitality of the Lower Menominee by signing an administrative order with the US EPA to remediate, remove or cap surface soils containing more than 32 ppm of arsenic and installing measures to prevent river contamination.

TycoTheir efforts demonstrate what’s possible when stakeholders work together to accomplish what many thought unattainable.  Tyco has contributed to the region’s delisting as an Area of Concern.

We will honor the Lake Michigan Champions at Lake Michigan Day, August 14.

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Tom Ward Earns Invader Crusader Award

Paul Schumacher, Wisconsin Invasive Species Council chair, with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp present award to Tom Ward. WDNR photoLNRP Board Member and Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area (LISMA) steering committee member Tom Ward was recently selected as one of nine recipients of the Invader Crusader awards.  The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council gives these awards during the month of June as part of Invasive Species Awareness Month. 

Ward has spent his entire career as a strong conservationist, working to protect the natural resources and, at the same time, prevent the spread of invasive species.  Ward was Department Director for the Manitowoc County Soil & Water Conservation Department for 32 years. He facilitated the development of a number of citizen volunteer organizations in Manitowoc County including the Friends of the Branch River, the Manitowoc County Lakes Association, Pigeon River Watershed Monitors, and Groundwater Guardians.  He currently serves as the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Manitowoc County Lakes Association and as president of Friends of the Branch River Watershed, a program of the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership.

“Tom Ward is the Invasive Species Coordinator in Manitowoc County.  That simple statement says it all,” said Gene Weyer, President of the Manitowoc County Lakes Association.  “I cannot think of any individual that spends more time helping the environment. “

Ward was a driving force in the development of LISMA, partnering with Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Calumet and Fond du Lac Counties (visit www.LISMA.net).   In 2013, Ward was involved in the creation of LISMA, writing the grant applications to fund the start-up, and doing all he could to recruit people for the first Partner Development Forum.  Nearly 70 potential partners attended.  LISMA will be involved in invasive species eradication with native plant restorations this summer and fall.

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Sense of Place: Killsnake River Paddle, Calumet County

In mid-May, 15 kayakers and canoe paddlers from throughout the region joined Rock Anderson for an educational tour of a 2.2 mile stretch of the Killsnake River as part of the 2014 ‘Waters of the Ledge' Tours.

Anderson is a retired Calumet County Land Conservation Department Director and current LNRP Board Member.

Killsnake paddle guide Rock Anderson canoes with kayakers on the Killsnake River in mid-MayThe Killsnake River is a 19.7-mile-long tributary of the South Branch of the Manitowoc River that flows to Lake Michigan for its entire course in central Calumet County. It originates about 3 miles east of Lake Winnebago and flows generally east-southeastwardly; it joins the South Branch of the Manitowoc River about six miles east of Chilton in the Killsnake Wildlife Area.   The Wildlife Area is 5,777 acres in size and contains four archaeological sites ranging from a major Early Paleo-Indian campsite from 9000 BC to a Potawatomi village from the mid-19th century AD.   

Anderson’s unique paddle focused on topics that highlight the region’s geography, geology, surface/groundwater issues, and the unique flora and fauna which comprise the Killsnake Marsh Wildlife Area.  Participants enjoyed the opportunity to engage with nature, viewing two active Osprey nests, and to celebrate and build a ‘water ethic’ for the Niagara Escarpment and the Lakeshore.

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Healthnography: Exploring connections between healthy watersheds and healthy lives

We believe in: An environmental stewardship ethic that encourages cooperative planning, restoration, and management of natural resources by communities, organizations and individuals to favilitate their long-term health.Based on pursuing watershed protection and conservation from a holistic system’s point of view, a healthy watershed approach offers many benefits.  These include reducing our environmental vulnerability to invasive species, climate change, and future land use changes.  Using natural land cover and soils also provide vast carbon storage which could offset increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  Additionally, they create habitat for fish, amphibians, birds and insect species as well as stream corridors, offering a key connection across the lakeshore for animals and birds.

Aside from reducing the costs to restore impaired waters, healthy watersheds preserve and enhance recreational opportunities such as fishing and boating, and enhance regional tourism.  They minimize vulnerability to floods, fires and other natural disasters, reducing costs and infrastructure damage to communities.  Protecting aquifer recharge zones and surface water sources reduces the costs to treat drinking water.  A 2004 survey of 27 water utilities’ treatment costs found that for each 10% increase in forest cover, their chemical and treatment costs decreased by 20%.  Clearly, if we can take care of the problem upstream, this benefits everyone whether they live in rural or urban areas.

When considering environmental health, we address all external physical, chemical and biological factors along with all related factors impacting an individual’s behaviors.  We examine how assessing and controlling those environmental factors can potentially impact health and target disease-preventing and health-supportive improvements.

Essential Ecological AttributesIn 1998, a group of scientists, environmental activists, lawyers, and scholars met together in Racine, Wisconsin, to hone the definition of the precautionary principle as a new approach to thinking about environmental regulations and the evaluation and control of toxic chemicals. The resulting Wingspread Consensus Statement on the Precautionary Principle states that “when an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.

The precautionary principle holds that when significant risks to public health are suspected, efforts should be made to reduce those risks, when possible, even when scientific knowledge is inconclusive, and to seek alternatives. The principle critically shifts the burden of proof from the general public to the initiator of that public health or environmental risk. Instead of the public having to show they have been harmed, the initiator has to show that the activity, process, or chemical exposure is likely harmless.  Is the lakeshore ready to adopt such an approach to watershed management?

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Climate Change Forum

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County organized a forum on the impact, challenges, and opportunities of climate change on June 7 in Sturgeon Bay.  Over 125 individuals participated in the day long event that brought speakers and a panel of experts together to discuss the broad array of issues related to climate change.  The Climate Change Coalition of Door County is an informal association of county residents who are committed to increasing public awareness of climate change and its implications for the Lakeshore. Unfortunately, the issue of climate has been caught up in the current, highly partisan nature of our political process. It should not be. People of quite different political views in Door County all care deeply about the environment and work together on many environmental initiatives, in particular on preserving and caring for the unique coastline and landscape. The Forum was part of an outreach effort to initiate a dialog that will lead to collaboration by many Door County organizations and individuals in addressing climate change.

Join the Coalition for their ongoing seminar series held the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.:  September 3, Karen Oberhauser, ‘Understanding Potential Impacts of Global Climate Change on Monarch butterflies,’ UUFDC, Ephraim; October 1, Roger Kuhns, ‘Observing the Impacts of Climate Change in Iceland after 25 years,’ UUFDC, Ephraim; November 5, Nick Miller from The Nature Conservancy, ‘Conservation strategies in the face of Climate Change,’ Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor; December 3, Virge Temme, ‘What actions can the average homeowner take to help mitigate Climate Change?’ Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor.

Door County teachers, naturalists and environmentalists are invited to a six-hour workshop at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, September 27, to learn more about climate science with demos illustrating related chemical and meteorological processes. Instructors will focus on two aspects of climate science - meteorology and phenology, as well as hands-on laboratory experiences and introductions to relevant literature.  Fee is only $12.00.  Please register by contacting Sherrill Anderson at sherrill@lnrp.org or 920-412-1920.

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Summer 2014

Killsnake River paddling trip

News from LNRP

Whack 'Em Wednesdays (& Occasional Saturdays!)

Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area

Friends of the Branch River Watershed

Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed

Friends of Hika Bay

3rd Annual Wisconsin Ledge American Viticultural Area Celebration

Whack 'Em Wednesdays (& Occasional Saturdays!)

Already this spring and summer, 100 volunteers have come to help Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Two Rivers, for the ‘Whack 'Em Wednesdays’ program work sessions, two dates each month in May, June and July!  They have so far removed four acres of invasive trees and shrubs and helped plant over 2,000 native trees and shrubs. 

Participants tackle invasive species in various parts of the preserve. Work involves using hand tools to cut invasive species and spray bottles to apply small amounts of herbicide to the remaining stem. All necessary equipment is provided along with refreshments afterward.

Organizers thank all the weed whackers who have helped them these last three months! Future dates will be Wednesday, August 20; Saturday, August 23; Wednesday, August 27; Wednesday, September 10; and Wednesday, September 24. All sessions run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

For more information about invasive species and other Restore the Shore initiatives, contact Jennifer, jenniferp@woodlanddunes.org or 920-793-4007. 

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Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area

The River Alliance of Wisconsin, in partnership with aquatic invasive species coordinators and others around Wisconsin including LISMA, will host a statewide AIS Bridge Snapshot Day on September 13. Volunteers will gather at rendezvous sites, learn to identify invasive species that threaten our waters, disperse to priority bridge crossings to locate invasives, and reconvene to submit their findings.  In addition to gathering data to better understand the presence of invasive species in our waterways, this effort will focus on early detection of aquarium plant releases. If you would like to be a volunteer, contact Jenniferp@LISMA.net to register and for more information.

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Friends of the Branch River Watershed

Over 100 young people and adults hopped into the Reedsville Elementary School on Saturday, April 5, for a fourth annual return of the popular ‘Fun with Froggy Friends’ live demo with Randy Korb.  Kids of all ages held and learned about several native Wisconsin frog and salamander species.  This year’s program was made possible by a generous donation by Thrivent Financial – West Shore Team in Manitowoc!

FOBR members and the public learned about ‘Leaving a Legacy’ on Monday, April 7 at the Branch River’s Edge Restaurant in Branch.  Thrivent Financial representative, Bart Malcomson, introduced participants to ways to ensure their legacy lives on through charitable giving.

On Thursday, April 10, two dozen FOBR members and guests celebrated spring at their annual banquet at Christopher’s Restaurant at the Branch River Golf Course near Cato.  Restoration Ecologist and Certified Forester, Jim Uhrinak, gave an engaging presentation, ‘Branch River Watershed Cultural Landscape: 5,000 Years in Eastern Wisconsin,’ exploring American Indian perspectives to appreciate and encourage stewardship of this special watershed and contemporary landscape.  A generous donation from Lakeshore Dental of Manitowoc made the event possible.

FOBR participated in the Manitowoc County Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 26, at the Lincoln High School JFK Fieldhouse featuring diverse learning activities. Ann Shebesta, Butterfly Lady of Mishicot, had a Monarch display along with butterfly gardens info and plantings. They also offered info on the FOBR Youth Conservation Leadership program for youth aged 9-19.

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Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed

On Saturday, April 26, FMRW also participated in an Earth Day celebration at Lincoln High School JFK Fieldhouse with an informational display highlighting their educational events and activities including the group’s river and beach clean-ups.

shoreline

Getting a Grip on Invasive Species’, a preparation for the Project RED training (Riverine Early Detection) to identify and deal with invasive species along shorelines, brought together more than two dozen folks from around the region on June 4, part of an ongoing series of educational seminars and trainings, supported by a WDNR River Planning Grant.  The following Saturday, June 7, saw an enthusiastic 18 volunteers participate in Project RED!  Participants can be seen identifying invasive species at Schuette Park in Manitowoc in the photo.  A hearty thank you to all who helped make this event possible!

Some 55 enthusiastic kayakers came out for the annual ‘4th on the Shore’ beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the fourth of July.  They enjoyed being on the Manitowoc River on a beautiful summer morning, meeting at Manitou Park and paddling to the Manitowoc Marina and YMCA beach.  Participants used the first draft of the FMRW Working River Guide to discover sites along their journey.

The Friend’s group will once again be hosting a beach clean-up, September 20, at 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan in Manitowoc from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  For the first time, this event will be followed by a Group Appreciation Picnic for all the hundreds of volunteers who make their tremendous success possible.  The group adopted Schuette Park last year and is involved in improving its recreational opportunities and cleanliness. Watch for details coming soon about the celebration at Schuette Park.

kayaking

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Friends of Hika Bay

At a tree planting on June 3, seven volunteers came out to plant trees and clean up the beach along the Hika Park property in Cleveland (WI).  They removed any invasive species they found by hand. The native beach grasses are beginning to spread out nicely to stabilize the area.

On June 10, eleven area residents helped with tree planting and beach clean-up.  A clean-up at Fischer Creek was organized by Rob Pragalz from Manitowoc.  A bench will be installed in honor of the Friends of Hika Bay on the northern cliff of Hika Park.

Tree planting at Hika Park

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3rd Annual Wisconsin Ledge American Viticultural Area Celebration

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
at Ledgestone Vineyards,
Greenleaf, WI

A preliminary announcement that our 3rd Annual AVA Celebration will be held in Greenleaf, WI at Ledgestone Vineyards along State Highway 57.  A stone’s throw from Trout Springs Winery, this southern Brown County enterprise is a family-owned vineyard and winery dedicated to the art of making premium wines since 1999.  More details will be provided soon, but mark your calendars for what will undoubtedly be another great event which celebrates the bounty of our Niagara escarpment!

Wisconsin Ledge AVA

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