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Wisconsin Land+Water News

2014 Technical Tour - Oct 10

This year's WI Land+Water Tech Tour for  members and partners features UNIMIN Industrial Sand Mine and Wetherby cranberry operation in Monroe County.  Registration is limited to the first 50 reservations. RSVP by October 7th.

Conservation Observance Day - Sep 12

Joe and Marian Smith of Smith Farms will host the 2014 Conservation Observance Day in Eau Claire on September 12th in honor of their award as the 2014 Conservation Farmers of the Year.

County Conservation Spotlight

Battling exotic species is nothing new for Wisconsin Counties. Neither is working with partners. Land and Water Conservation Departments (LWCD) have long been on the front lines, facing Gypsy Moths, Eurasian Water Milfoil, Rusty Crayfish, Zebra Mussels, and many others. It is common for LWCDs to partner with state and federal agencies, local governments, lake groups, and landowners on projects.

September 2013 marked the end of a three-year Phragmites (common reed) control project in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, and Oconto counties. Phragmites first appeared in northeast Wisconsin in the 1980s but became a serious problem as Lake Michigan water levels declined. Phragmites is an extremely aggressive plant native to Asia and grows well on the exposed lake beds and wetlands. Continue reading...