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​​Saturday Afternoon Workshop

April 25, 2015
1:30 - 4:30pm

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


Strong Towns Workshop (Limit: 50)

1:30 - 4:30pm

Many lake communities are driven to seek “growth” as a solution to high property taxes and struggling local economies, but not all growth is created equal! The Strong Towns movement is an effort to educate citizens and officials about the hidden costs of modern suburban growth along with the financial and environmental challenges.

Chuck Marohn, PE, AICP, President of Strong Towns (​) 

Presentation: Strong Towns Workshop (PDF)​

LoonWatch Loon Ranger Training (Limit 50) 

1:30 - 4:30pm​

For over 35 years, LoonWatch has engaged an active volunteer network of "Loon Rangers" as its primary tool to collect critical long-term data on loons in Northern Wisconsin. Through this workshop you’ll learn how to monitor loons, hear what's new in the world of loon research, and to meet other loon enthusiasts. Loon Rangers also help protect loons by spreading the word to their neighbors and other lake users to steer clear of loons on nests and on the water. 

Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch Program Coordinator, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
Mike Meyer, Loon Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Erica LeMoine - LoonWatch Loon Ranger Training (PDF)

Erica LeMoine - Loon Protocol (PDF)

Mike Meyer - 24 Years of Common Loon Research (PDF)

Mike Meyer - Bands, Nests, and Eggs (PDF)

Getting to Know Wisconsin Amphibians:
A Hands-on Experience with The Frog Guy
 (Limit 50) 

1:30 - 4:30pm

Get ready to use your senses to learn all about frogs. 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. In this workshop 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 

Planning for Financial Success:
Fundraising BMPs for Lake and River Organizations
(Limit 50) 

1:30 - 4:30pm​

In dealing with problems on our lakes and rivers, we often think of using “best management practices.” The same can be said for fundraising projects for our organizations. Looking at questions ranging from whether and how to solicit contributions from individuals and businesses, apply for grants, or hold events, this workshop will cover the basics of an integrated, year-round set of BMPs for fundraising. We will take a look at your organization's current fundraising "health" and you will leave with a good start towards a fundraising plan that leads to success and sustainability. 

Michael Engleson, Director, Wisconsin Lakes
David Pausch, Membership and Development Director, Wisconsin Lakes 
llison Werner, Local Groups Director, River Alliance of Wisconsin 

Presentation: Fudnraising BMPs for Lake and River Organizations (PDF)

Manual Removal of Eurasian Watermilfoil: Effective and Efficient (Limit 40) 

1:30 - 4:30pm​

Manual removal strategies have been utilized to drastically reduce and even eliminate Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) (Myriophyllum spicatum) from many central Wisconsin lakes. Proper preparation and identification are crucial for a manual removal program to be successful. When conducted properly and employed early, manual removal can be a highly effective, low-cost strategy with minimal negative impacts to the native aquatic plant community. This workshop will discuss identification of EWM and similar species, as well as mapping, removal and disposal. Above-water and underwater video footage will be shown to illustrate the removal process under various sets of conditions. Attendees may wish to view the tutorial video before attending, and bring questions for the presenters. The video is available for free viewing at 

Paul Skawinski, Statewide Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Coordinator, UW-EX Lakes 
Chris Hamerla, Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Golden Sands RC & D 

Presentation: Manual Removal of Eurasian Watermilfoil (PDF)

Estate Planning for Your Family Cabin (Limit 25) 

1:30 - 4:30pm​

A cabin is a source of pleasure, family bonding, and rest and relaxation for many families. Many cabins have been enjoyed by families for several generations. In this presentation, you will learn about the legal arrangements that can be created to keep the cabin in the family over multiple generations in a manner that is fair for all members of the family, as well as a few tips related to the acquisition of your family cabins.

Christine Rew Barden, Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.'s Trust and Estates Practice
Lucas N. Roe, Attorney, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Presentation: Estate Planning for Your Family Cabin​ (PDF)

Using Science to Communicate About Environmental and Cultural Changes (Limit 25) 

1:30 - 4:30pm​

Understanding the science associated with environmental changes can be difficult and often translating that information into a concept that is understandable by community members may be even more challenging.  Environmental changes, such as a changes in weather patterns, may have impacts to fish and wildlife, water quality, and aquatic plant growth.  In turn, these changes may alter aspects of local culture and affect the local economy. In this workshop, you will learn about some of the changes taking place in and near Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers and explore ways to engage your local community in learning about and taking action to address them.​


Shiba Kar, Assistant Professor of Human Dinmensions of Natural Resource Management, UW-Stevens Point
Catherine Techtmann, Educator, UW-Extension
Nancy Turyk, Senior Research Scientist, UW-Stevens Point

Cathy Techtmann - GWOW Changing Climate Changing Cultural Initiative (PDF)

Hands-on Shoreland Restoration (Limit 20) 

1:30 - 4:30pm​

Participants will be led through several hands-on activities that demonstrate shoreland restoration basics and other ideas for creating sound rehabilitation projects.  Long-term strategies for water conservation and wildlife habitat enhancement will be considered for the site and put into a draft action plan for the future.  Assorted resources for developing your own shoreland restoration plans will be shared.


Nick Homan, Small Business Owner, Lakescape Solutions, LCC 

Patrick Goggin, Lake Specialist, UW-Extension Lakes / University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Shoreland restoration toolkit items:

Water runoff assessment to​ols

Soil ID tools

Site assessment tools

Measuring slope

Native planting ideas & wet detention pond plant list examples

Photos/video coming soon.

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