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​Saturday Afternoon Workshops

April 26, 2014
1:30 - 4:30pm

​Pre-registration required to attend.
Agenda subject to change.

Estate Planning

1:30 - 4:30pm

A cabin and its surrounding land is a source of pleasure, family bonding, and rest and relaxation for many families. Many recreational properties have been enjoyed by families for several generations. In this presentation, you will learn about the legal arrangements that can be created to keep your special place in the family over multiple generations in a manner that is fair for all. You will also learn about the role that land trusts can play in helping to preserve and protect your cherished resources and potentially provide tax saving benefits to your family.​
Linda M. Danielson Linda has been counseling clients on a wide range of estate planning, tax, and business succession planning issues for over 20 years. In helping clients plan to keep ownership of a vacation property in the family for future generations, she provides advice on issues such as how the property should be owned, payment of expenses, management and decision making, scheduling usage of the property, and exit strategies. , Attorney, Ruder Ware
Betsy Kerlin Betsy Kerlin is the Executive Director of the North Central Conservancy Trust whose mission is to protect the worthy scenic, working lands and environmental resources for the benefit of the people of central Wisconsin. Prior to her arrival in Wisconsin she worked in the fields of grant administration, land trust conservation, and natural resource communications. She has a Master of Science in Forest Resources from The Pennsylvania State University. , Executive Director of the North Central Conservancy Trust​

Presentation: Estate Planning

Fundraising for Lake Organizations

1:30 - 4:30pm

Lake associations and similar non-profit groups often face a similar challenge: where will the money come from to pay the bills? This workshop will help you be better equiped to answer that question. Participants will learn the difference between fundraising and development, why a budget and a development plan are not the same thing (but are vital to each other), the basic process of creating a plan, and talk about the role of membership dues, grants, and individual and business gifts for meeting your group’s goals. The workshop will also include a brief discussion of the Lake Grant program and a panel discussion featuring representatives of similar organizations, giving you the chance to hear from them how they developed their development programs and to ask them questions.
David Pausch David Pausch is the Director of Membership and Development for Wisconsin Lakes. He has a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the Wisconsin School of Business and has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and development. , Director of Membership and Development at Wisconsin Lakes 


Energy Efficiency and Renewable Options on Your Property

1:30 - 4:30pm

Attend this workshop to learn more about our energy use and the importance of reducing energy consumption to save money and benefit our natural resources. Cabins and second homes present many opportunities to reduce your annual energy bills. The facts provided in this workshop and the tools that will be shared will give you a place to start to make both your home and your second home more efficient and comfortable.
Sara Windjue Sara Windjue is an Energy Education Specialist with the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), a Program of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education in the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point. She has worked with KEEP since 2005 in various roles including supporting Technology and Engineering Educators in energy education, developing KEEP's Building Science program, assisting schools who are interested in installing renewable energy systems, working with teachers to integrate energy education into STEM and CTE offerings, and working with Cool Choices to encourage and motivate sustainable behaviors at the K-12 level. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science and Biology from Adrian College and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston. , Energy Education Specialist, Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program
Kelly Zagrzebski Kelly Zagrzebski, Corporate Community Relations Leader, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, has been engaged in environmental education for the past twenty years. Her role at Wisconsin Public Service Corporation includes the primary responsibilities of education, community development, political/governmental affairs, marketing, media relations and community specific needs. She is certified in Corporate Community Relations from Boston College, and has received a Master’s Degree in Communications from UW-Stevens Point while also receiving a certification on Community Economic Development from Neighborhood Works in 2005. Since 1997 she has also served as an Adjunct Professor for the “K-12 Energy Education Program” at UW-Stevens Point. She has a personal interest in energy conservation and wildlife preservation. In 2000 she represented the United States in a five person delegation to China to share environmental education programs. In 2004 she researched an opportunity for an K-12 Energy Educators Program in Iceland. Most recently, 2006 she participated in the “1000 Friends of Wisconsin –Sustainable Sweden” tour. All of which has helped her to better her understanding of energy and ways to better utilize this resource. , Community Relations Leader, Wisconsin Public Service
Alec Linde Alec is currently the owner of HomeSafe Building Performance, LLC based in Custer, WI. Alec has been an Energy Consultant for over 12 years specializing in Residential and Commercial Energy Efficiency. He has operated HomeSafe Building Performance for that time doing energy assessments, ratings and consulting and was recently employed at Mid-State Technical College as the Instructor of Energy Efficiency and Building Science in the Renewable Energy Program. Alec has a B.S Degree from UW-Stevens Point and an M.S. Degree from the University of Arizona. , HomeSafe Building Performance, LLC
Doug Stingle Doug started with MREA in 2007 as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator and now serves as the organizations Development Director. Doug has presented on renewable energy to many community groups and conferences throughout the Midwest. Currently Doug leads the MREA's Power Pack Program, a community outreach and solar market development program in Illinois where he delivers Solar Power Hour presentations to businesses and community groups. , Development Director Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)   

Presentation: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Options on Your Property

DIY Lake Monitoring Gear

1:30 - 4:30pm

Join our workshop and make your own lake monitoring equipment. This year we will have several stations for you to choose from. Each station will have a craftsman to show you how to create a particular piece of equipment. You can stop at one or several stations. We will have stations where you can build the following: lake view scope, Eurasian water-milfoil collection bag, crayfish trap, waterflea collection net and a snail and mussel collection net.  Materials and directions will be provided. We will also have examples and directions of other lake monitoring equipment that you may have an interest in.
Laura Herman Laura is the Statewide Coordinator for the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network. She works for the University of Wisconsin Extension - Lakes office which is run out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She oversees the training of volunteers who monitor water clarity, water chemistries, native aquatic plants and aquatic invasive species. Laura became involved in Aquatic Invasive Species issues in 1990 and has continued her work with invasives ever since. Laura was a member of the Species Assessment Group (SAG) which reviewed species to be included in Wisconsin’s DNR rule NR 40- Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control. She continues to train staff, trainers and volunteers in Aquatic Invasive Species issues and monitoring protocols. , Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator, UW Extension Lakes  
Limit: 20     Additional Fee: $30 

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Workshop

1:30 - 4:30pm

Wisconsin’s watercraft inspectors play an important role in our AIS prevention efforts. Whether you’re new to watercraft inspections or an experienced inspector, join us for the updated Clean Boats, Clean Waters Workshop to receive the latest training and materials! You’ll learn how to use the new conversational approach during inspections, what prompts will assist you in using the revised datasheet, and how to share this data online. Everyone will receive the latest materials and resources to start or refresh inspection efforts on their local lakes.
Erin McFarlaneErin was hired in May 2007 as the Aquatic Invasive Species Volunteer Coordinator with University of Wisconsin Extension Lakes. She attended college in Kentucky, studying English and Environmental Studies, before moving to Wisconsin where she earned her Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Erin supports the Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspection program and helps coordinate watercraft inspection efforts across the state. In working with dedicated volunteers and the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership on watercraft inspection efforts, she hopes to engage Wisconsin’s citizens in AIS prevention and help preserve Wisconsin’s water bodies for future generations. , CBCW Educator & AIS Outreach Specialist, UW-Extension Lakes
Additional Fee: $25

Presentation: CBCW Workshop

The Natural Ste​p: A Systematic Approach to Community Sustainability

1:30 - 4:30pm

If we only focus on individual challenges facing the environment like polluted runoff or habitat loss, we miss the systemic ways that such problems are often connected. The Natural Step provides a logical, holistic view to guide sustainability efforts and track progress.This workshop will provide an overview of the Natural Step and give examples and ideas for putting sustainability into practice.​
Torbjörn LahtiTorbjörn Lahti, planner and economist, is the founder of the Swedish eco-municipality movement, and has worked with over 100 municipalities in providing eco-municipality education and assistance. , Co-director, Institute for Ecomunicipality Education & Assistance

Presentation: The Natural Step

Rain Garden Installation

1:30 - 4:30pm

This is a hands on workshop learn the ins and outs of rain garden installation and basic storm water management. The workshop will be held on site at the Feltz Family Farm in Stevens Point, WI this is the location for the 2014 Farm Technology Days event. You will learn the initial steps to prepare and design a rain garden, then we will put those lessons into practice and plant a large scale rain garden and see how our native plant species work in this application.
Nick HomanNick Homan graduated from the University of Wisconsin– Platteville with a Bachelors degree in Soil and Crop Science. He also earned a minor studies in Horticultural Science. After finishing school he moved onto applying his degree in the landscape and nursery industry by working as a Nurseryman. Continuing to sharpen and increase his skills, as a Landscape Installation Foreman he led crews on residential and commercial sites. After gaining over 10 years experience in the industry, and actively serving as President for a lake association in Adams County WI, Nick decided to follow his true passion. By blending his experience in landscaping, his knowledge of lakes, and 30 years of lake life he began Lakescape Solutions LLC. , Lakescape Solutions 
Rob Bursik, Dragonfly Gardens
Limit: 20     Workshop takes place off-site ~ must provide your own transportation. 

Lake Data on the Web

1:30 - 4:30pm

Interested in finding lake data on the web or producing maps for a report, newsletter or presentation? Want to report your Clean Boats, Clean Waters, Citizen lake Monitoring Network data online? Join us for this hands-on workshop and learn how to enter your lake data into the statewide database (SWIMS). Find out what's new on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and University of Wisconsin - Extension Lakes websites and discover how to create maps with the WDNRs Surface Water Data Viewer. You'll be able to produce professional looking maps using tools available online.​
Jennifer FilbertJennifer Filbert has bee a lake data specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for over 15 years. She coordinates data collection by DNR staff, as well as over 1200 volunteers, who are part of Wisconsin's Citizen Lake Monitoring Network. Volunteer monitor water clarity, water chemistry and aquatic invasive species. , Wisconsin DNR Lakes and AIS Database Services
Dennis WieseDennis has worked for the Dept. of Natural Resources for 17 years creating GIS solutions for a range of Department programs. The last four years he has been providing GIS and database support for the DNR Lakes and Rivers Section as well as participating on other DNR projects. , Wisconsin DNR GIS Analyst / Cartographer​
Limit: 20     Workshop takes place off-site ~ must provide your own transportation. 

Save the Frogs! Hands-on Youth Workshop at CWES

10:30am* - 4:30pm

The UWSP Chapter of Save the Frogs is partnering with UWSP students and Golden Sands RC&D to offer a hands-on educational workshop at the UWSP Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES). Youth participants from junior and senior high are invited to sign up as part of the Lakes Partnership Convention. A shuttle bus will transport participants to and from CWES. Activities include field survey for frogs and salamanders, basics of frog and toad identification, and analysis of ideal habitats for frogs and other wildlife. Dr. Tyrone Hayes and Randy Korb will be on-hand to share their experiences and participate with the students.
Students from UWSP Biology Department and College of Natural Resources.

Limit: 20    

Workshop takes place off-site. Transportation provided; we will transport youth participants to and from the Holiday Inn and CWES.

* Participants will depart for CWES following the morning plenary talk and lunch will be provided at CWES.

Schmeeckle Reserve Tour

1:30 - 4:30pm

Schmeeckle Reserve is a 280-acre natural area that makes up 2/3 of the UW Stevens Point campus. The Reserve was created to protect and restore native ecological communities, serve as an outdoor classroom, and provide recreational opportunities to all visitors. Join us on an informative tour of the Schmeeckle visitor center, the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, and the recently completed 17 acre wetland restoration project at Moses Creek

Jon Gumtow Jon Gumtow is a Senior Wetland Scientist with Stantec, specializing in soil and wetland science and restoration ecology. He was the lead designer on the Moses Creek wetland and stream restoration project. Jon is a State-licensed Soil Scientist and a certified Professional Wetland Scientist and was appointed to the State of Wisconsin’s Examining Board of Professional Soil Scientist in 2002. For over 27 years, he has completed natural resource assessments and restoration projects throughout the Midwest and has designed over 30 wetland and stream restoration sites. Jon is actively involved with a number of local volunteer initiatives to restore the Great Lakes watershed as well as leading activities to educate the public about the benefits of natural community restoration. , Senior Scientist, Stantec  
Limit: 40     Tour takes place off-site ~ must provide your own transportation.

Groundwater and Breweries

1:30 - 4:30pm

Wisconsin’s freshwater resources have long supported a vibrant brewing industry. Beer producers are increasingly realizing the importance and value of water and are developing strategies to use water more wisely and make their operations more sustainable. Join two of the state’s groundwater experts on a fun and fact-filled tour of the Stevens Point Brewery and Central Waters in Amherst. We’ll highlight the connections between the beverages we enjoy and groundwater quality and quantity. We’ll also explore the impact of groundwater use on lakes and rivers.
Bill DeVitaBill DeVita is an environmental chemist and lab manager of the Water and Environmental Analysis Lab on the campus of UW-Stevens Point. In addition to having great appreciation for an analytical process, he also enjoys a finely crafted beer. He has been an avid home brewer for nearly 20 years and uses homegrown hops for his brews. As a chemist, he realizes the connection between source water and beer styles, and the need for good water to brew good beer., Laboratory Manager, Water and Environmental Analysis Lab  
Kevin MasarikKevin Masarik is a groundwater education specialist with UW-Extension and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he assists homeowners in testing their well water and finding solutions to health or aesthetic problems related to their water quality. In addition, he routinely conducts presentations on water resources issues in Wisconsin and the important connection of our groundwater to lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. As a homebrewer for nearly 10 years he has an appreciation for the importance of water in the brewing process but recognizes the need to balance water diversions with other important functions of ground and surface waters., Groundwater Education Specialist

Tour takes place off-site. Transportation provided.
Limit: 20     Additional Fee: $20 


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