Large Scale Lake Planning
This Wilderness Waters Adaptive Management Plan began with a large-scale project funded by a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grant that was awarded in 2010. The project was sponsored by the Presque Isle Town Lakes Committee (PITLC). White Water Associates, Inc., an independent ecological consulting firm, was a consultant to the PITLC. This plan was updated and this 2019 version is its most recent update. As the name in implies, this plan is intended to be adapted as new information becomes available or new actions are identified.
The Presque Isle Town Lakes Committee also includes streams within its purview and as such, this aquatic plant management plan addresses the South Branch Presque Isle River. Although it addresses a single body of water, the plan maintains the waterscape perspective crucial to effective resource stewardship. This is especially important when it comes to preventing introduction and establishment of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The closely related Wilderness Waters Adaptive Management Plan (Stine et al., 2019) provides additional overarching waterscape level examination that allows greater opportunity and efficiency in water resource management and education.
The Town of Presque Isle is sponsoring a large scale lake planning grant to study the South Branch of the Presque Isle River, in Vilas County.
Project activities include: 1) Gather and assess existing lake info; 2) PI aquatic plant survey, community and substrate mapping and analysis; 3) Shoreland assessment; 4) Professional and volunteer AIS monitoring; 5) Educational program \2013 meetings and \201Cfloating\201D workshop; 6) Watercraft inspections; 7) Develop LMP.