Welcome to spring on Squash Lake! We had an unseasonably warm winter, with the ice going out on March 30 this year. For the last two winters we have found active bear dens near the lake. Now spring bird migrations are in full swing, with geese, bald eagles, common mergansers, buffleheads, loons, sandhill cranes, juncos, brown creepers, purple finches, phoebes, and more. Marj Mehring’s first water quality reading of the year indicates that lake water clarity and dissolved oxygen levels are very good. But water levels remain about two feet low.
This year it is all about the Eurasian Water Milfoil that was discovered in Squash Lake last summer. We have been awarded two grants to address both eradication and the prevention of future infestations thanks to the efforts of Stephanie Boismenue, Janet Appling, and our board. We will be asking all of you to assist in whatever way you can.
The state finally approved NR 115, the revised shoreland zoning rules, after several years of public hearings and debate. It is the first revision in these rules since the 1960’s, and is long overdue. It is seen as a compromise between preservationists and the continuing pressure to develop waterfront property.
The state also recently passed laws prohibiting the transportation of any aquatic plant from a boat landing (not just invasives), and establishing a slow/no wake zone of 100 feet from all shorelines.
As you can see from the newsletter, there is a lot going on. Thanks for your interest in working with the Squash Lake Association to help preserve and protect Squash Lake. I hope to see you at our annual meeting on Sunday July 11.
Squash Lake has been twice blessed. A second* large tract of Squash Lake shoreline has been preserved for posterity. Pat Dugan and Sue Hausserman-Dugan have made an outright donation of 4,000 feet of shoreline conservation land to the Northwoods Land Trust.** The land features a long narrow esker ridge which extends out into the lake. It will be known as the Dugan Squash Lake Nature Preserve. We are eternally grateful to Pat and Sue for this generous gift.
Hopefully, the generosity and forethought of Roger, Pat and Sue will inspire other Squash Lake residents to consider putting their shoreline into a conservation trust…..gifts that leave a lasting legacy.
*Roger Degris donated 3,863 ft of shoreline to the Northwoods Land Trust.
**Learn more about the Northwoods Land Trust at http://www.northwoodslandtrust.org. Explore possible tax advantages.
Another way to reduce the amount of development on the shores of Squash Lake is to consider putting your shoreland into the land trust. The shoreline that rings the big bay/marsh where the loons and Sandhill Cranes nest is especially vulnerable and vital to the health of our lake.
501c3 is a Coming
We are officially a 501c3 Tax Deductable organization . The effective date is Dec, 2005.
This means donations to SLA are deductable on your taxes.
The Northwoods Land Trust’s purpose is to preserve natural shorelands on lakes, rivers and other waterways for the protection of water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, erosion control and natural scenic beauty. It provides education on how to utilize voluntary conservation with private landowners to manage their property in an ecologically sustainable manner. They encourage perpetual stewardship for secure conservation agreements with private landowners through easements, land donations and property acquisitions. These properties are then monitored annually to ensure that the land agreements are being met.
Plaintiffs EAGLE COVE CAMP & CONFERENCE CENTER, INC. (“ECCCC”), ARTHUR G. JAROS, JR., WESLEY A. JAROS, RANDALL S. JAROS, CRESCENT LAKE BIBLE FELLOWSHIP (“CLBF”), and KIM WILLIAMSON, by their undersigned attorneys complain of Defendants TOWN OF WOODBORO (“TOWN”), COUNTY OF ONEIDA (“COUNTY”) and ONEIDA COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT (“BOA”) as follows:
The Jaros Brothers have filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court located in Madison, WI. If you are interested in seeing the whole complaint you can contact the Jaros brothers.
I am the State Island inspector for the islands on Squash lake. Last year I planted the small island with Oak, Red Pine, and White Birch. I placed a sign on the island to let people know of the planting but some people didn’t care and trampled all of the new trees.
For this year at least, I will be closing the small island to all public use until the shoreline is re-forested. With the low water levels for the past several years, people have been removing brush and trees to make a larger swimming and camping area and have eroded the natural area of the island. The main purpose of the islands are for wildlife use and not the public. The Eagle on the large island has tolerated the public use so far.
I am hoping that you could let the lake association personnel know of the change and the local Warden has also been advised and will be watching for trespass issues. I will be doing shoreline restoration on the island this week and replanting the area. If you have questions or concerns, please call or Email me at the Rhinelander Ranger Station 715-365-2633
Rhinelander Ranger Station 715-365-2633
The Oneida County Board Of Adjustments met this month to review the Jaros brother’s appeal. After having an open meeting on 2 different days, they determined that they would not overturn the Planning And Zoning decision not to issue a CUP. Art Jaros indicated that they would take the issue to Federal Court on appeal.
The Planning & Zoning Committee unanamously voted to deny the Conditional Use Permit application for the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center. According to the Daily News, the Jaros brothers plan to appeal the decision to the County Appeals Board . If it is still denied, then they plan to take it to the WI State Supreme Court.
This is to confirm that the tour by the P&Z Committee members, staff and camp representatives (as well as interested members of the public) will assemble at the Jaros lake home garage at 7483 Highway 8 West at 1 p.m. on Friday.
We will then proceed to the camp’s own property which presently has no fire address assigned to it.
This is a new group that has formed to oppose the construction of Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center. The acronym stands for: Homeowners for Environmental Lake Preservation. For more information on this group contact Dale Smith or Nancy Schroeder
UPDATE ON EAGLE COVE CAMP & CONFERENCE CENTER
Mr. Art Jaros has completed all the requirements for his CUP application. The Planning and Zoning committee has scheduled a public hearing for Wed April 29th at 5:30 pm in the Oneida County Board Room.
If you have any opinions or feelings about the Eagle Cove Camp and Conference Center, it is important that you attend this meeting and express them.
Whether you attend the meeting, or not, we recommend that you write a few letters to the 5 Planning and Zoning members to express your feelings. Please submit your letters to arrive no later than 4/22/09. These are the men that will decide on the CUP application. The names of the 5 board members are:
7729 Channel Rd
Eagle River, WI 54521
9683 Wayne Dr.
Woodruff, WI 54568
P O Box 121
Hazelhurst, WI 54531
P O Box 183
Minocqua, WI 54548
Franklin H. Grebs
284 Wesley Rd
Three Lakes, WI 54562