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Concurrent Sessions 2
40 minutes

April 10, 2013

Agenda subject to change.


Cultural Aspects of Lakes

Treaty Rights

Wednesday, 1:45-2:25 pm

The Chairman of the Sokaogon Mole Lake Band and Vice Chairman of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission Board will discuss the importance of lakes and waters tribal history and culture. Learn how lakes and waters helped form the pioneer history and culture of Wisconsin and key points of Treaty Rights.
Presenter: Chris McGeshick, Chairman, Sokaogon Mole Lake Band

People, Policy & Politics

Public Trust Doctrine & Water Law Primer

Wednesday, 1:45-2:25 pm

Rooted in the Wisconsin Constitution, the Public Trust Doctrine has guided the development of water law in this state for over 150 years. Through this session, you will learn what the Public Trust Doctrine is, how it has evolved over time, and what role it will likely play in deciding some of our current debates over water use. With this understanding, you can help your neighbors and fellow lake lovers appreciate the legacy of law and court decisions that gives all people a stake in clean, healthy water bodies.
Presenter: Melissa Scanlan, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Aquatic Invasive Species

Invasive Aquatic Plants in Trade: Quantifying Availability and Risk to Wisconsin Waters

Wednesday, 1:45-2:25 pm

Most new invasive aquatic plant species discovered in Wisconsin waterbodies are species that are readily available through the live plant trade. To address this introduction vector, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been working to understand and reduce the risk of these introductions. Wisconsin horticulture and aquarium vendors were surveyed to quantify the availability of 56 invasive and potentially invasive species, ascertain attitudes towards invasive species, and identify potential barriers to changing behavior. Information learned from these surveys was used to refine an educational and outreach program on invasive species in trade, conducted during summer of 2012. In addition, over 150 small waterbodies in southeastern Wisconsin were monitored for the presence of invasive aquatic plants. This session will explore the results of the vendor and landscape surveys, including which invasive species are most commonly available in Wisconsin and how that relates to aquatic invasive plant introductions across the landscape.
Presenters: Kelly Wagner, Research Scientist, WDNR & Chrystal Schreck, Invasive Species Education & Outreach Specialist, WDNR  

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Presentation:  Invasive Aquatic Plants in Trade


Lake Habitat & Biology

Setting Priorities for Lake Conservation in Wisconsin: A Conservation Portfolio

Wednesday, 1:45-2:25 pm

Although numerous lake assessments have been developed for different purposes, Wisconsin still lacks a comprehensive, ecologically-based classification that organizes lakes based on natural biophysical potential and condition, and that can serve to help prioritize and target key strategies such as restoration, protection, or maintenance of shoreland versus watershed land use, water quality or habitat. The Nature Conservancy is currently working to develop such a tool for Wisconsin.
Presenter: Kristen Blann, Freshwater Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy  

Native Plants & Animals

Menominee Lake Sturgeon Management

Wednesday, 1:45-2:25 pm

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin continues to undergo research on Lake Sturgeon Restoration. Lake Sturgeon had been extirpated from the Menominee Indian Reservation, WI until 1994 when federal, state, and tribal biologists began implementing strategies to reintroduce Lake Sturgeon to reservation waters. Find out the importance of Lake Sturgeon to the Menominee Indian Tribe culturally and how research activities & management strategies are working to help in the development of management plans and Menominee Fishing Rules and Regulations governing Lake Sturgeon.
Presenter: Donnie Reiter, Fish and Wildlife Manager, Menominee Indian Tribe  

Water Quality, Watersheds, & Groundwater

Little Lake Wissota Stewardship Project

Wednesday, 1:45-2:25 pm

The Little Lake Wissota Stewardship Project is a community effort to encourage water conservation and improve the water quality of Little Lake Wissota. It is being supported through direct contributions by area residents, businesses and civic organizations. Learn how this unique approach to the project is the opportunity to sponsor and explore a new community based public/private sector business model for lake and watershed management.

Nick Stadnyk, Watershed Specialist, Chippewa County
Jane Tetzloff-Jensen, Project Manager, Chippewa County Department of Land Conservation & Forest Management
Dan McCabe, Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Scientific Lake Research

Survival of Invasive Aquatic Plants After Air Exposure During Simulated Overland Dispersal

Wednesday, 1:45-2:05 pm

Recreational boating is an important vector for the overland transport of invasive aquatic plants because fragments become entangled on boats and trailers and most species are capable of vegetative reproduction. The effectiveness of recreational boats as a transport vector relies on the resistance of macrophytes to air exposure. This presentation includes research on tolerance thresholds of Eurasian water milfoil and curly leaf pond weed to aerial exposure (i.e. drying times).
Presenter: Susan Knight, Aquatic Plant Researcher, Trout Lake Station – University of Wisconsin

Selective Removal of a Cold-water Invasive Fish Using Artificial Destratification: Preliminary Results from a Novel Thermal Manipulation of Crystal Lake

Wednesday, 2:05-2:25 pm

Crystal Lake is one of 26 Wisconsin lakes with a known population of rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax), an invasive cold-water fish. Rainbow smelt invasions in several of these lakes have corresponded with significant declines in native fish populations, such as walleye and cisco. As an alternative management tool, we used GELIs (gradual entrainment lake inverter) to eliminate the cold-water habitat in a normally stratified temperate lake (Crystal Lake, WI). This presentation includes research on invasive smelt response to destratification.
Presenter: Zach Lawson, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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