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!
June 23rd-26th: 9am-1pm
June 25th: 5-7pm (Science Fair)
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.
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) goldensandsrcd.org, or stop by during normal business hours. You must present your winning ticket stub to claim your prize.
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.
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 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 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.”
Sandstone Ranch, 401 Dewey Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54482
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.
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.. ~ The Sandstone Ranch, 401 Dewey Drive, Stevens Point. The soils are formed sandy residuum. Rotational
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.
. ~ Bring your own lunch.
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.. ~ Robert & Tammy Brandt Farm, 1108 Ancestor Lane, Mosinee The soils are formed silty drift over loamy till.
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.
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.