WHITEFISH LAKE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOC: Whitefish Lake Aquatic Plant Survey & Mangement Plan


The Whitefish Lake Property Owners Association will sponsor a grant to help fund an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) control and prevention project. Eurasian Water Milfoil (ERW) was identified in Whitefish Lake in June of 2008. Herbicide treatment occurred in 2008. A point intercept plant survey will be conducted to produce a baseline. To apply management actions in an ecologically sound manner the lake association will develop an aquatic plant management plan (APM Plan) to guide their efforts. The project includes the following goals (APM Plan):1)Develop an APM Plan for Whitefish Lake to guide future management actions; 2) Conduct a point-intercept aquatic plant study on Callahan and Mud Lakes to establish a baseline; 3) Educate lake residents about AIS activities and control options. Project deliverables include: 1)Produce a comprehensive APM plan; 2) Interpret the results of the aquatic plant survey; 3) Provide maps (including EWM beds) to the lake associations for management. Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project (APM Plan); 2) Follow department protocol when conducting the point intercept study; 3) Provide hard copy of point intercept data in proper spreadsheet format; 4) Provide lake maps to the lakes coordinator and enter them into SWIMS; 5) Contact Erin Henneger (715-346-4978) and Laura Herman (715-365-8998) at UW-Extension to learn about the Clean Lakes/Clean Waters Program and AIS monitoring programs.

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Reports and Documents
This Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Whitefish Lake presents a strategy for managing aquatic plants by protecting native plant populations, controlling the growth of Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) and preventing establishment of additional invasive species. The plan includes data about the plant community, watershed, and water quality of the lake. Based on this data and public input, goals and strategies for the sound management of the aquatic plants in the lake are presented. This plan will guide the Whitefish Lake Property Owners Association, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Sawyer County, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in aquatic plant management for the lake over the next five years (2010 through 2013).
Activities & Recommendations
Aquatic Plant Monitoring or Survey
Map Invasive Species
Control Invasive Species
Watercraft Inspections Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Educate and engage residents
Aquatic Plant Management Plan
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