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BERRY LAKE’S LAKE STUDIES

AN INVITATION

When we applied for the State lake grants that are now funding our lake studies, we emphasized the point that if Berry Lake had EWM or other AIS, the lake studies could help find it and help us access the networks which would allow us to deal with it promptly and effectively.  It is unfortunate that we have EWM but it is fortunate that we were awarded the grants, that the studies were conducted and that we found it so early.

Beyond EWM, our lake studies have made other important discoveries.  We have learned that we have an extensive and growing expanse of Wisconsin’s most serious terrestrial invasive plant.  We have also discovered that what many of us think of as “too many weeds” is also a very healthy and diverse aquatic plant community that can help slow or prevent the spread of EWM.  To biologists it is a community of which we should be “proud” because it includes rare species.  Indeed, our plant community is so intriguing that we are exploring the possibility of hosting an “academy” with a partnership between NEW Audubon, the DNR and the private sector to introduce the Berry Lake Community and others to the underwater world of Wisconsin’s aquatic plants, fish and wildlife.

Our studies are also uncovering our Lake’s remarkable historical past.  The histories of the surrounding towns and counties have been researched and published but nothing has been written about Underhill, much less about Berry Lake.  Our lake studies are engaged in this task.  We have only just begun but the State, County and local documents we are reviewing along with the stories and photographs we are receiving already reveal a fascinating past that will not only let us share the stage with other Wisconsin communities but promises to make Underhill and Berry Lake stand out among them.

We have only just begun but already our investigation has captured the attention of local historians.  The Gillett Area Historical Society has invited us to speak at their Annual Meeting 6:30 PM, Thursday, October 25 at the Emory Ansorge Annex of the Gillett Public Library.  We’ll share preliminary findings, show photos and discuss possible collaborative activities between Gillett and Berry Lake for 2008.  The event is for GAHS members only but membership is available for $10.00. (Please Follow Link for Further Information).

The events surrounding the discovery and rapid response to Berry Lake’s EWM outbreak have taken precedence over much of the work we were doing on our grant funded lake studies.  In particular, the watershed animal survey we are conducting through Wisconsin Nature Mapping and our local contribution to the UW Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity’s plant and animal survey needs more volunteers and more attention.

We invite anyone who is interested in participating in the Berry Lake Studies to let us know.  You can help us research our lake’s history or share your stories or photographs.  Berrylakers of any age can help us learn about the plants and animals in Berry Lake’s watershed and what their presence or absence tells us about Berry Lake’s eco-system.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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