COURTE OREILLES LAKE ASSOC.: COLA Clean Boats - Clean Waters Program

Purpose

COLA in cooperation Sawyer County (AIS Coordinator) and Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Tribe will implement an AIS prevention strategy for Big Courte Oreilles Lake. Project goals include: 1. Develop a communication/recruitment strategy with the purpose of increasing association membership of lake residents; 2. Coordinate communication & recruitment effort with the LCO Tribal Conservation Office; 3. Conduct training for volunteer monitoring & AIS plant identification; 4. Conduct volunteer lakeshore monitoring for aquatic invasive plants; 5. Expand coverage for the Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program at the main boat landing; 6. Install a kiosk with AIS information at the main boat landing & town hall; 7. Place 4 signs on roads leading to LAC; 8. Produce laminated key chains for LAC area boat dealers. Project deliverables include: 1. Development of a communication/recruitment strategy (did it result in increased membership?); 2. Provide training agenda for volunteer monitoring; 3. Produce a kiosk for AIS information; 4. Post 4 AIS education road signs; 5. Provide laminated key chains to public; 6. Provide a summary of the volunteer AIS monitoring and number of hours/boaters contacted under Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program. Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The installation of road signs and kiosks should follow local permitting requirements; 2. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 3. Contact UW-Extension staff for information on training, workshops or educational materials for the AIS Monitoring (Laura Herman, 715-365-8998) Program; 4. Contact Christal Campbell (608-266-0061) and Erin Hennegar (715-346-4978) prior to constructing signs to make sure a consistent message is being sent.

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