Making an Impact in 2016

posted Dec 1, 2015, 1:35 PM by   [ updated May 25, 2016, 9:50 AM by Golden Sands RCD ]

Check out our December newsletter to learn more about our 2015 accomplishments and how we can work together to make an impact in 2016.

Click here or on the image below. Sign up for future updates here.

Learn about Volunteer Opps in October!

posted Sep 29, 2015, 10:54 AM by   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 11:02 AM ]

Check out our fall e-newsletter to learn more about volunteer opportunities in October 2015. Check here or on the image below. Sign up for future updates here.

Alien Hunters! AIS Camp

posted May 12, 2015, 2:03 PM by GSRC&D Administrator   [ updated May 12, 2015, 2:32 PM ]

Looking for a fun and educational way to keep your kids occupied next month? We are partnering with the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum to hold an Aquatic Invasive Species camp!

Ages 6-8
June 23rd-26th: 9am-1pm
June 25th: 5-7pm (Science Fair)

Ages 9-11
June 4th, 11th & 18th: 5pm-8pm
June 25th: 5-7pm (Science Fair)

Visit the CWCM website or call (715) 344-2003 for registration details.  Registration packet also attached to this post.

2015 Brewery Bash Raffle Winners

posted Apr 13, 2015, 8:32 AM by GSRC&D Administrator   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 1:41 PM ]

We would like to thank everyone who came out to Central Waters Brewing Company this past Saturday for helping to make this year's Brewery Bash a success!  This is the Central Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival's 10th year, and the Bash is our biggest outreach event.  It was wonderful to see so many faces from our community out to support grassland conservation.

A huge thank you, also, to all of our sponsors, donors, vendors, and exhibitors for helping to make the event possible.  We had a lot of great prizes donated for our bucket raffle, and all proceeds go towards funding the Prairie Chicken Festival and our grassland education and outreach.

Bucket Raffle Winners:**

Bucket #1: 1 print & 2 postcards from under the ashTree AND prairie chicken prints from the Prairie Sands Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts (831127)

Bucket #2: 1 Central Waters t-shirt, 1 pint glass, & 1 six pack (831132)

Bucket #3: $10 gift certificate to Amherst Family Foods AND 2 gift certificates for pizza buffet to Ambrosia Pub & Grill AND $20 gift certificate to Subway (CLAIMED)

Bucket #4: $10 gift certificate to Emy J's AND $20 gift certificate to The Main Grain Bakery (831110)

Bucket #5: New flip-flops from Campus Cycle in Stevens point AND 2 certificates for camping at Juneau County Forestry and Parks (0538447)

Bucket #6: Grocery bag of $60-$70 worth of food from Stevens Point Co-op (CLAIMED)

Bucket #7: One subscription to the Portage County Gazette AND one bag of coffee from Ruby Coffee Roasters (CLAIMED)

Bucket #8: One subscription to Community Spirit AND two bags of coffee from Ruby Coffee Roasters (830790)

Bucket #9: One subscription to Community Spirit AND two bags of coffee from Ruby Coffee Roasters (830657)

Bucket #10: One registration for 2 for Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) winter or autumn 2016 (831058)

Bucket #11: 4-pack of Greater Prairie Chicken viewing blind reservations for 2016 from Becoming an Outdoor Woman (830817)

Bucket #12: One dinner at The Landmark in Amherst AND $25 gift certificate to The Village Hive (CLAIMED)

Bucket #13:  2 tickets to Cranberry Marsh Tour from Glacial Lake Cranberries in Wisconsin Rapids AND Duck print from Waupaca Co Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (CLAIMED)

Bucket #14: $50 gift certificate to the new THRIVE restaurant in Wausau (830663)

Bucket #15: 5-$5 gift certificates from The Coffee Studio AND $25 gift certificate from Father Fats (CLAIMED)

Bucket #16: One knitted blanket made by Ruth Moody AND A signed copy of Alan Haney’s new book
Jewels of Nature (CLAIMED)

Bucket #17: $100 gift certificate to Auburndale Food Coop donated by Cutler Fencing (830712)

Bucket #18: One $100 meat package from Maple Meadows Farm (830865)

Bucket #19: One fishing lure from Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop AND one weekend camping at Adams County Park from Adams County Parks and Recreation (830840)

Bucket #20: One week camping ($120) at Adams County Park donated by Adams County Park and Recreation (CLAIMED)

Bucket #21: 1 garden puzzle AND 1 Tomorrow River Community Charter School hat and t-shirt (CLAIMED)

Bucket #22: Toweling Dispenser & 6 pack of Biodegradable Toweling ($60) donated by Ray’s Handy Wipes (CLAIMED)

**To claim your prize, please contact our office at (715) 343-6215, info (at), or stop by during normal business hours.  You must present your winning ticket stub to claim your prize.

Golden Sands RC&D Council Approves Adoption of Green Lake County

posted Sep 30, 2014, 2:11 PM by GSRC&D Administrator

Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council members voted unanimously to adopt Green Lake County into their regional working area during their Council meeting on September 18th in Stevens Point.  Green Lake has joined the counties of Adams, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Monroe, Portage, Waushara, and Wood as the 10th county to be represented by the organization. 

Golden Sands RC&D is a local non-profit that has worked for over 40 years to help protect and promote Central Wisconsin’s natural resources by partnering with state and federal government agencies, local governments, grass-roots organizations, teachers, farmers, conservationists and others to work toward common goals. They work every day on projects that support sustainable agriculture, healthy forests, clean water and abundant wildlife.

Green Lake County was previously represented by Town and Country RC&D, but decided to switch to make the switch after successfully partnering Golden Sands RC&D and Marquette County.  “Green Lake County is located in a rural setting that better matches the interests of the group of counties within the Golden Sands District,” explained Paul Gunderson, Green Lake County’s Conservationist.

For the past year and a half, Golden Sands RC&D has managed and coordinated a Regional Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program in Green Lake and Marquette Counties.

“We are extremely happy with [the Regional AIS Coordinator] Chris Hamerla and the efforts that Golden Sands RC&D have taken to control AIS in Green Lake County.  We look forward to a continued strong partnership with Golden Sands RC&D that promotes conservation and development projects with our area,” says Gunderson.

If you would like to learn more about Golden Sands RC&D and their projects, please visit or connect with them on Facebook at


Chris Hamerla and Paul Meuer of Golden Sands RC&D conduct a point intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey at Twin Lakes in Green Lake County as part of ongoing monitoring and management of the invasive species Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and curly leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus).  Not pictured but also present was Derek Kavanaugh of the Green lake Land and Water Conservation Department.



Golden Sands RC&D’s David Peterson assisting with the Carp Removal Project in which Golden Sands RC&D partnered with Green Lake Assoc., Green Lake Sanitary District, Green Lake County Land and Water Conservation Dept., and volunteers in efforts to corral carp for removal and separate non-carp species. This project is geared towards improving aquatic habitat and water quality on a connected bay of Green Lake through the removal of invasive carp.

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Tree Walk with Mark Pinkalla

posted Sep 19, 2014, 2:01 PM by GSRC&D Administrator   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 2:03 PM ]

Emerald ash borer is creeping closer and closer to Portage County. Join us at the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum on Thursday, October 2nd for a run-down on how to identify ash trees, spot trees infected with emerald ash borer, and what you can do to save your tree. Guest Arborist Mark Pinkalla from First Choice Tree Care, Inc. will be our guide.

Joe Piechowski Recognized for 25 Years of Service to Golden Sands RC&D Council

posted Jul 23, 2014, 11:08 AM by GSRC&D Administrator

Joe Piechowski of Redgranite was recognized by the Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. for 25 years of service to their organization.  Joe has been Waushara County’s delegate to the Golden Sands RC&D Council since 1990.  He currently serves as Chairperson of their Personnel & Finance Committee.   Golden Sands RC&D is a regional organization that serves the Central Wisconsin Counties of Adams, Juneau, Portage, Marathon, Monroe, Marquette, Wood, Waupaca and Waushara.  Their mission is to support the improvement of Central Wisconsin’s economy in ways that conserve its natural resources at the same time.  Originated in 1972, Golden Sands RC&D is a non-profit, independent, 501(c)(3), non-partisan organization made up of County Delegates, At-large members and Corporate Members.


Piechowski has been a County Board Supervisor in Waushara County for 25 years and is very active in conservation efforts throughout the state including being on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, and a member of Wisconsin Land and Water Board since 2013 (LWCB).  Since 1996, he has been the Board President of the Central Wisconsin Windshed Partnership, a multi-county initiative that installs and maintains windbreaks that prevent soil loss through wind erosion and protects surface water quality by keeping nutrients out of water bodies.  Piechowski is also actively involved in the Waushara County Watershed Lakes Council; is on the Board of Directors of the Redgranite Public Library; and has been a member of the Redgranite Fire Department since 1973, including serving as the Fire Chief, Captain and Secretary. 


Piechowski was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the Council’s President, Hugh O’Donnell of Wood County and received an overwhelming round of applause by all the Council members at their July 17th meeting at the Boston School Forest in Plover.   Piechowski said “I am very honored to be recognized by my colleagues on the Council.  I have seen a lot of changes over my 25 years with Golden Sands RC&D, changes in the way that people value our natural resources and the way that they respect our environment.  I hope that my efforts have and will continue to make a difference for Central Wisconsin.”

Soil Health with Ray Archuleta

posted May 20, 2014, 9:01 AM by GSRC&D Administrator

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Sandstone Ranch, 401 Dewey Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54482

1:00 p.m. Bob and Tammy Brandt farm, 1108 Ancestor Lane, Mosinee WI 54455


Soil Health with Ray Archuleta

I was tired, weak, and thirsty. Every grocery store shelf only had cookies and doughnuts. All the fruits, vegetables and meats are gone. No store employees available to assist me! I can live on cookies but I was so sick of eating them. My body no longer wanted sugars and lard anymore. It craved a thick steak, a baked potato, asparagus and an imperial stout. Complete food had given me the strength to provide for my family. What happened? I am a root looking for nutrients and water. Healthy plants need healthy soils. Soil is more than a medium to physically support plants. A healthy soil has a balance of nutrients (plant fuel) and an intricate biological network that works to move the “fuel” for plant life. Ray will help you decide if your “Soil Engine” has the fuel to fire on all 8 cylinders.


Two locations on different soils.


Ray Archuleta is a Conservation Agronomist at the NRCS East National Technology Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ray teaches soil health and the principles of agroecology throughout the country. He has 25 years of experience with the Natural Resources Conservation Service working in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and now in North Carolina and has held the following positions: Soil Conservation Technician, Soil Conservationist, Nutrient/Irrigation Specialist, Water Quality Project Manager, District Conservationist, and Area Agronomist. He is also a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil Science Society of America. Ray worked for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist in the Peace Corps. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Biology. His infectious enthusiasm for soil health has earned him the moniker, Ray the Soils Guy.

9:00 a.m. ~ The Sandstone Ranch, 401 Dewey Drive, Stevens Point. The soils are formed sandy residuum. Rotational grazing along with bale grazing through the winter has improved soil biology and pasture yields. Ray will compare soil pits from rotationally grazed pastures and a corn/hay rotation.


From Mosinee: I39 south to County Road DB. Turn left (east) on County Road DB, go 2 miles to County Road X. Turn right (south) on County Road X, go 5 miles to Dewey Drive. Turn left (east) on Dewey Drive for ½ mile. Site is on the right. Watch for signs.


11:30 a.m. ~ Bring your own lunch.


1:00 p.m. ~ Robert & Tammy Brandt Farm, 1108 Ancestor Lane, Mosinee The soils are formed silty drift over loamy till.  The Brandts have been rotationally grazing for many years. One year of corn is used to preempt complete renovations to hayland or pastures. Ray will discuss the soil benefits of their management.

From Mosinee: Take State Highway 153 west to County Road S. Turn south (left) on County Road S, go 4 miles to County Road C. Turn (right) west on County Road C for 2 miles. Turn south (left) on Ancestor Lane. Take Ancestor Lane for ½ mile, farm is on the left.

No-Till Drill Rental

posted Apr 7, 2014, 2:03 PM by GSRC&D Administrator   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 1:55 PM ]

Spring is on the way, though it may not look like it quite yet, and it is time to start thinking about interseeding thin pastures and hayland that will be converted to manage pasture.  Interseeding can be a very effective way to increase dry-matter tonnage and reestablish legumes.  The Wisconsin DNR office, in Wisconsin Rapids, and Waupaca County Land and Water Conservation Department are once again allowing farmers in Wood, Portage and Waupaca counties rental use of their no-till drills. 


To Reserve a DNR Drill Contact:


Brandon Stefanski (WDNR)
473 Griffith Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Truax Model S-12

-can be pulled with pickup in firm soil conditions

-normally pulled with 50-75hp tractor

-3 seed boxes for different sizes of seed

-works best in thin, weak sods or lightly tilled soils

-hand cranked depth adjustment

-Planting width – 8 feet

-12 row, 8 inch spacing

Tye 2007 Pasture Pleaser 

-Needs 50–75hp tractor to pull it depending on soil conditions.

-The tractor needs one unused pair of remote hydraulic connections

-3 seed boxes for different sizes of seed

-Planting Width – 6.5 feet

-12 row, 7 inch spacing


·         Both units rent out at $15/acre with a minimum rental of $50.

·         Rented on a “First come, First serve” basis

·         A check for seeder rental needs to be  written out to the WI Department of Natural Resources when the unit arrives

·         The units are stored in the Wisconsin Rapids area; delivery may be arranged depending on staff availability. It is preferred the renter picks up themselves

·         Both can be pulled with a pickup to most job sites

·         Seeding rates will be adjusted as close as possible to renters needs – a book will be provided for the renter to make necessary adjustments for what they are planting



To Reserve Waupaca County’s Drill Contact:


Greg Peterson (Waupaca County LWCD)
811 Harding Street
Waupaca, WI 54981

Great Plains 605NT

-6ft. planting width 

-needs a 35+hp tractor with rear hydraulic hook-ups 

-3 seed boxes for different sizes of seed

                                                         -9 row, 7.5 inch spacing 

  • Cost is $75.00 minimum fee plus $15.00 per acre.   
  • This includes delivery to the site and county personnel to help with setup and monitor planter performance. 
  • Rented on a “First come, First serve” basis 
  • Rental is limited to prairie seeding (either through a government program or for private use), and for pasture seeding or renovation. 
  • Planter can be rented for use outside of Waupaca County, based on county personnel's determination of reasonable haul distance.

John Deere 750 No-Till Drill 

Matt Hintz (Owner) 

·         The renter and owner will sign-off on the drill’s "before" condition.  If damage occurs, anything outside of normal wear, the drill shall be repaired by the John Deere dealer of the owner’s choosing and at the renter’s expense.

·         $300 down when they pick it up.  You can pull it with a 3/4 ton pickup (or maybe even a half ton if they go slow).  I'd prefer they transport the drill themselves but depending on my schedule I may be able to deliver it for a fee.

·         Renter must thoroughly clean the drill out after use or be charged a $100 cleaning fee.

Haybuster 107 No-Till Drill

Randy and Ryan Peters (Owners)
715-498-4903 (Ryan)




$2.50/mile delivery (one way)


·         A down-payment and rental minimum may be required.

·         The renter and owner will sign-off on the drill’s "before" condition.  If damage occurs, anything outside of normal wear, the drill shall be repaired by a mechanic of the owner’s choosing and at the renter’s expense.

·         Renter must thoroughly clean the drill out after

General Interseeding Recommendations

-          Soil-test your pastures and bring them up to recommended nutrient and PH levels.

-          Select forage varieties that are palatable, adapted to grazing, suited to your soil type and persist well in your area.

-          A good goal is to maintain at least 30% legume in the pasture sward.

-          Calibrate the drill to ensure proper seeding rate.  Check the depth of seed placement regularly during operation.  Seed should not be deeper than 3/4-inch and soil firmed over the seed.


 The following are some suggested minimum interseeding rates (lbs. of pure live seed/acre):



Red Clover


Ladino Clover


Perennial Ryegrass

(not for well-drained soil)


Orchard Grass or Meadow Fescue



*Higher seeding rates may improve the stand development and increase forage densities.

Pre-Register for Heart of Wisconsin Grazing Conference NOW!

posted Feb 17, 2014, 11:36 AM by GSRC&D Administrator   [ updated Feb 25, 2014, 12:17 PM ]

Please click on the attached images for more details, and to print the registration form.  A .PDF of the announcement is also attached at the bottom of this post.

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