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Concurrent Sessions 6 
60 minutes

April 26, 2014
10:30 - 11:30 pm

Agenda subject to change.


Plants and Animals

Getting to Know Wisconsin’s Amphibians: A Hands-On Experience with the Frog Guy 

Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Randy will share Wisconsin frogs, toads, and salamanders with you in an entertaining, hands-on, interactive fashion. He will explain the unique characteristics of each species, how they use shoreline and wetland habitats and actions that we may take to protect amphibians. Last, Randy will share resources he has developed to get families out together looking for, listening to, and enjoying Wisconsin frogs and toads. .
Randy Korb "The Frog Guy", Independent Educator

People and Lakes

Outreach Projects for Lake Groups: Ideas to Connect People to Lakes​

Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Join us in this session to get ideas on neat projects that your lake group can do to motivate, engage, and educate people. Lake groups can influence how people take care of our lakes by welcoming new property owners to the lake and organizing community events like lake fairs, pontoon classrooms, tours, or demonstration projects. There will also be time to share your group's ideas, success stories, and helpful resources.
Susan TesarikSusan Tesarik is the education director at Wisconsin Lakes. Wisconsin Lakes is a statewide organization that works with citizens, lake groups, and decision-makers to ensure that our lakes are protected and enjoyed for generations to come. Susan provides statewide technical assistance to people looking to protect waters in their communities., Wisconsin Lakes
Katherine Noel, Indian Lake Association and Oneida Lakes & Rivers Association


People and Lakes

“Coalesce” = Grow Together​

Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Environmental issues (particularly water issues) are notoriously complex and contentious. When an issue is broad and the stakes are high, coalitions are an effective way to bring vested parties to the table and build support. This session will cover the basics of forming a coalition. Take the word "coalesce" down to its Latin roots and you'll find "grow together." The session will feature the work of the Central Sands Water Action Coalition, which is confronting complex, contentious groundwater issues in Central Wisconsin.
Panel moderator: Denny Caneff, Executive Director, River Alliance of Wisconsin
Dan Trudell, Huron Lake Association
Francie Rowe, Pleasant Lake Management District
Scott Froehlke, Coordinator, Central Sands Water Action Coalition

Presentation: "Coalesce" = Grow Together

People and Lakes

A Citizen-Based Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Protocol​

Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 am

The goals in the state of Wisconsin for the prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) include early detection and rapid response. A crucial step in meeting these goals involves citizen stewardship. To promote stewardship, we have designed a systematic and easy-to-follow protocol for citizens to monitor for AIS from the shoreline, including public boat launches, parks, or other water access. We will be providing rationale along with directions for how to set up a shoreline citizen monitoring program anywhere in Wisconsin. Specifically, we will explain the AIS monitoring protocol that we developed, how to assemble a field monitoring kit, and describe how to teach citizens which AIS to be on the lookout for in their lakes.
Shannon Davis-FoustShannon has coordinated the UW Oshkosh Clean Boats Clean Waters program for the Winnebago system since 2011. She teaches about invasive species and courses on other environmental topics at UWO. , UW-Oshkosh
Kaci BailliesKaci Baillies is a CBCW intern who has worked as a student leader for this AIS monitoring project. Kaci is an Environmental Studies major and has been a UWO CBCW Intern for 1 year., UW-Oshkosh
Patrick MillerPatrick Miller is a CBCW intern who has worked as a student leader for this AIS monitoring project. Pat is a Biology major and a UWO and CBCW Intern for 3 years. , UW-Oshkosh

Presentation: A Citizen-based AIS Monitoring Protocol

Aquatic Invasive Species

Successful Citizen Engagement Stories

Getting Locals to Care: How A Landing Blitz Can Help Start the Conversation

Saturday, 10:30 - 10:50 am

During the Fourth of July holiday, the Upper St. Croix Lake Association hosts scheduled free pontoon rides as part of their landing blitz. This past summer we had over 40 people board pontoons to take an hour narrated journey around Upper St. Croix Lake, many locals for the first time. On this particular fourth, we had over 70 watercraft entering/leaving Upper St. Croix Lake from our most used launch.
Joanne ZoselHi! My name is Joanne Zosel and I have been acting as coordinator for the Clean Boats/Clean Waters Program on Upper St. Croix Lake for seven nonconsecutive years (we didnt get a lake grant one year). This year marks my 28th year teaching mathematics and various science courses at Solon Springs High School. I have been a Board Member of the Upper St. Croix Lake Association and also a Board Member of the Friends of the St. Croix Headwaters, FOTSCH, for five years. I am thrilled that so many individuals continue to support our mission to keep Upper St. Croix Lake healthy. , Upper St. Croix Lake Association​


Planning for Lake Stewardship with AIS Projects

Saturday, 10:50 - 11:10 am

Representatives of the Lac du Flambeau Town Lakes Committee will present information about their whole day Lake Steward Workshop, part of the Lake Steward Program established in 2010. The focus will be on critical parts of that workshop; funding, educational sessions, and goals including the partnership with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station, and the University of Wisconsin Extension.
Roberta GastRoberta Gast, Member of the Lac du Flambeau Town Lakes Committee and a Wisconsin Lake Leader., LDF Town Lakes Committee
Norman WetzelNorman Wetzel, Member of the Lac du Flambeau Town Lakes Committee and a Wisconsin Lake Leader., LDF Town Lakes Committee 


Volunteer-led Eurasian Watermilfoil Management at Porters Lake, Wisconsin​

Saturday, 11:10 - 11:30 am

Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) was discovered along the west side and northeast corner of Porters Lake in Waushara County in the summer of 2012. Hear how a quick response by a partnership between the Porters Lake Management District, Golden Sands RC&D, UW-Stevens Point, and Onterra, LLC resulted in a highly effective combination of manual removal efforts and a targeted herbicide treatment. No remaining EWM was detected between June 2013 and October 2013.
Raymond (Skip) HansenSkip Hansen is the Treasurer of the Porters Lake Management District. Skip and other members of his family have been active in monitoring the aquatic plants of Porters Lake, including the removal of purple loosestrife and Eurasian watermilfoil., Porters Lake District
Paul SkawinskiPaul Skawinski is the Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Education Specialist for Golden Sands RC&D. He conducts and coordinates aquatic invasive species monitoring in Waushara County and four other central Wisconsin counties. Paul is also a co-author of a brochure and tutorial video on Eurasian watermilfoil manual removal, available for free on YouTube (search EWM Manual Removal)., Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.​

Lake Science

Lakes Science 102: Lake Ecology with Paul

Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 am

This session will explore how the landscape around your lake impacts the water quality. Wisconsin's landscape has changed dramatically during the last 150 years with the arrival of European settlers through mostly agricultural practices and logging. Through the decades, there have continued to be profound changes with advances in agricultural with more powerful machinery and the use of synthetic fertilizers. While the north woods continue to experience logging, shoreland development is a more localized impact on lake ecology. This talk will discuss how chemical and biological evidence deposited in lake sediments has been used to document the impact of these alterations on the landscape and has impacted lakes across Wisconsin.
Patrick "Buzz" Sorge, Wisconsin DNR
Paul Garrison, Wisconsin DNR


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