It has been quite a while since the last news update. Here are a few of the exciting events that we have been involved with!
Golden Sands RC&D turned 40 this past August! We held an anniversary banquet, complete with exhibitors, raffles, silent auctions, and guest speakers. Senator Julie Lassa and Representative Louis Molepski, Jr. were in attendance, and presented RC&D a Citation of Commendation. Amy Thorstenson accepted the award.
In honor of this anniversary, Portage County Executive Patty Dreier proclaimed August 18, 2012 Golden Sands RC&D Day.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, our Clean Boats, Clean Waters boat inspectors were able to cover boat landings on Memorial Day weekend--the busiest boating weekend of the year--to help reduce and prevent the spread of AIS.
Project assistant, Larry Patridge, worked with Dick, Marv, and Gail Olson to organize and co-host a very successful demo field day at Steinhaugen Farm on September 5. The demo day focused on land management practices, and viewed and discussed results of ongoing agroforestry projects on Steinhaugen. Guest speakers included the DNR's Kent Glazer, Kyoko Scanlon, and Max Lloyd, as well as our very own Bill Ebert.
The RC&D program celebrated its 50th anniversary with National RC&D week from September 23-29.
The 6th annual Waupaca County Conservation Field Day was held on October 5 at Hartman Creek State Park. Six Waupaca County schools were present, with over 400 fifth graders. There were more than 20 stations to choose from, including topics such as grazing, composting, alternative energy, forestry, wildlife, law enforcement, groundwater, AIS, and soils. Presenters included volunteers from Waupaca County, Golden Sands RC&D, UWSP, the DNR, NRCS, Quantum Dairy, USDA, and UW-Extension.
We have had many work parties this month, including the removal of buckthorn from Fern Island and McDonald Island with local high school classrooms.