WHAT’S NEW ON THE FLOWAGE?

 

The control process is called “cut-stem application”. Each stalk is cut near the ground (or water), and a few drops of the chemicals are applied to the hollow stem with a syringe. The chemicals are specific to phragmites, and do not harm aquatic plants or animals, Glyphosate and Imazapyr, 50/50. A permit from the DNR is required for application close to or in the water. Although we received a permit for this year, we won’t use it, and will re-apply next year.

The eradication will take place in the fall of 2023, after the seed-heads have formed. Until then, the plants’ energy brings resources upward from the roots toward the growth process. Once the seed-heads have formed, the plants begins to draw resources back down to it roots (rhizomes), and will take the chemicals with it, where they will do the most good (damage!) Here are pictures of the phragmites growth process:

 

IMPORTANCE OF BAT MONITORING TO SAVING WISCONSIN’S BATS

In 2014, white-nose syndrome (WNS) began to devastate Wisconsin bat populations. White-nose syndrome is caused by a white fungus that grows on infected bats and interrupts their hibernation. They wake up, and burn up their stored energy. The infected bats starve to death before winter ends. Bat monitoring by volunteers is helping Wisconsin DNR and other groups to assess the impact and, hopefully, save our bats.

This summer, the Mosbruckers, Holloways, and friends have paddled the route from Baker Lake through the Little Tamarack Flowage and Spring Lake several times, on dark and sometime moonlit nights, to monitor bats. Here is the latest map. Quite a variety – hope the bats are coming back!

The Lake District 2022 Annual Meeting took place at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 2rd, at the Conover Recreation Building in the Town Park. Approximately 50 property owners were in attendance. Minutes of the meeting can be found on the Archives page.

 

ELEVATION ABOVE SEA LEVEL

Now that the benchmarks have been installed at the dam site, the readings on the lake level gauges (yardsticks) can be converted to actual water level above sea level. For instance, 45 cm on the gauge means the water level is 1672.16 ft. above sea level. (At Baker Lake, 37 cm means the same – 1672.16 ft. above sea level). Here is the conversion chart (email for a more detailed chart if you want it)