8:30 AM-9:00 AM Fruit, pastries, and beverages
9:00 AM-9:05 AM Introduction. Brian Ewart
9:10 AM-9:25 AM "Another Perspective on Berry Lake: The big picture of shoreland restoration & aquatic invasive species prevention". Boy Scout Troop 1035
Over the past two years, 2010 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award winner, Troop 1035, accomplished three Eagle Award projects on Berry and surrounding waterways. Troop representatives will describe how they are protecting Berry Lake with projects at Berry Lake and on waterways as diverse as Kelly Lake, the Oconto River, and Shawano Lake.
9:30 AM-10:20 AM Results of the 2009 Groundwater Survey of Berry Lake". Nancy Turyk
Groundwater is not only important to Berry Lake's health, Berry Lake is just exposed groundwater. What happens to the groundwater surrounding Berry Lake stands a good chance of ending up in Berry Lake. Likewise, what happens in Berry Lake stands a good chance of ending up in our wells. Ms. Turyk will report the findings of the groundwater study she and her students conducted at Berry Lake last summer. She will describe the areas within the lake that have groundwater inflow/outflow. She will discuss the pertinent water chemistry results and how the ways we manage our properties and surrounding land use practices affect the groundwater entering the lake.
Nancy Turyk has been a Water Resource Scientist with the UW-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education for 20 years. She is highly respected for her work on many Wisconsin lakes and watersheds. She participated in the recent Shawano Lake water quality studies by heading-up research of water chemistry inputs.
10:20 AM-10:35 AM Break
10:40 AM-11:30 AM "Understanding EWM Control & Berry Lake's Aquatic Plants". Susan Knight
To some they are just "weeds" but our grants and related studies have identified an impressive community of diverse aquatic plants that provide many benefits. Aquatic plant researcher and educator at UW-Madison, Susan Knight lays the groundwork for our understanding, further research and planning by describing Berry Lake's plants and the Lake's role in the DNR's 10 year EWM study.
Based at the influential and prestigious northern Wisconsin lake research facility, UW-Madison Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station, Susan Knight is considered one of the state's foremost experts in aquatic plants. She identified and dissected the Small Purple Bladderwort for us last year.
11:35 AM-12:00 PM "EWM Monitoring & Control at Berry Lake". Brian Ewart
Everyone knows we have the invasive species Eurasian Water Milfoil in Berry Lake, but not everyone knows what we are doing to monitor and control it. This session provides an update of the current EWM situation at Berry Lake. Attendees will have the opportunity to see EWM, its look-alikes, and learn how they can be involved in Berry Lake's monitoring/control program. Brian Ewart (Berry Lake AIS Coordinator) will present. Brenda Nordin (DNR Northeast Region AIS Coordinator) will be available to provide additional information and answer your questions.
12:05 PM-12:50 PM "Gypsy Moths and New Insect Threats". Bill McNee
Most Berry Lake cottagers and residents know more than enough about Berry Lake's gypsy moth problem but most of us also have lingering questions and there is always more to learn. DNR Gypsy Moth Suppression Coordinator, Bill McNee, will give us an overview of gypsy moths and their control. He will also provide information about threats to our trees from new invasive insects on the horizon.
Bill McNee coordinates gypsy moth suppression throughout eastern Wisconsin. He supervised Berry Lake's 2004 spraying and will supervise this year's spraying. If gypsy moth spraying activities prevent Mr. McNee from attending, we will present information he has prepared especially for the Ice-Out.