Programs & Services

Agriculture / farmer assistance
Cost share program
Private Forest Land Assistance
Groundwater
Invasive species programs 

--- CBCW watercraft inspections
Lake organizations 
Shoreland management 
Wildlife programs 
Youth activities


 

Agriculture / farmer assistance

---Manure Runoff Risk Advisory news bulletin 
---Manure Runoff Risk Advisory audio

---Grazing Management – For excellent online sources and information about managed grazing:


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Cost share program
What is the Cost Share Funding Program?

---Vilas County Conservation Cost Share Program Application Form

---Who is eligible for the Cost Share program? 

---What are the landowners' responsibilities with the Cost Share Program?

---What portions of a Cost Share Project are or are not eligible for reimbursement?

 

Cost Share Program Forms:
---Cost share brochure

--- Cost share 2013 program explanation

--- Cost share fee schedule

--- Cost share service fee agreement

--- Conservation practice standards

--- Program application

--- Example contract

--- Example Operation & Maintenence form

--- Contractor List

--- Private property access permission form

--- Wisconsin Conservation Practice Standards
----- 1 - Clearing 
----- 2 - Excavation
----- 3 - Earthfill 
----- 4 - Concrete
----- 5 - Pollution Control 
----- 6 - Currugated Metal Pipe Conduits 
----- 7 - Mobilization and Demobilization 
----- 8 - Drainfill
----- 9 - Rock Riprap
----- 10 - Fences
----- 12 - Cathodic Protection
----- 13 - Geotextiles
----- 14 - Timber Fabrication and Installation 
----- 15 - Plastic Pipe Conduits
----- 16 - Stream Clearing and Snagging 
----- 17 - Wire Mesh Gabions and Mattresses 
----- 18 - Sack or Tubular Gabions
----- 19 - Well Abandonment/Decommissioning
----- 20 - Soil Bioengineering
----- 21 - Structural Measures for Streambanks and Shorelines 
----- 22 - Temp Wave Barriers (Breakwaters) 
----- 23 - Aluminum or Steel Roof Gutters
----- 24 - Construction Surveys
----- 26 - Topsoiling
----- 44 - Corrugated Polyethylene Tubing
----- 100 - Poultry Carcass Composter
----- 200 - Grouted Rock Riprap
----- 201 - Steel Sheet Piling 
----- 202 - Polyethylene Geomembrane Lining
----- 203 - Geosynthetic Clay Liner
----- 204 - Earthfill for Waste Storage Facilities 
----- 300 - Clay Liner

 

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Private Forest Land Assistance

2011 Private forestlands invasive species survey 
--- Project summary 
--- Project summary map 
Bachmann property 
--- Pre-visit survey report
--- Findings report
Cook property
--- Pre-visit survey report 
--- Findings report 
Drager property 
--- Pre-visit survey report
--- Findings report
Dunne property
--- Dunne map
--- Findings report 
Hovel property
--- Pre-visit survey 
--- Findings report
Joyce property
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Loar property
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Logan-Baraket property
--- Logan-Barakat map
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
McCarthy property
--- McCarthy map
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Miller property
--- Miller map
--- Pre-visit survey
--- 
Findings report
Navratil Property 
--- Navratil map
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Nordine property
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Offerdahl property 
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Owen property 
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Popovich property
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Sharka property
--- Sharka map
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report
Uihlein property 
--- Uihlein map-1
--- Uihlein map -2 
--- Findings report
Wedell property
--- Pre-visit survey
--- Findings report

 

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Groundwater

Under construction, please check back again

 

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Invasive species programs

What are "Invasive Species"? 
From the U.S. Forest Service Website: "Thousands of non-native invasive plants, insects, fish, mollusks, crustaceans, pathogens, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have infested hundreds of millions of acres of land and water across the Nation, causing massive disruptions in ecosystem function, reducing biodiversity, and degrading ecosystem health in our Nation’s forests, prairies, mountains, wetlands, rivers, and oceans. Invasive organisms affect the health of not only the Nation’s forests and rangelands but also of wildlife, livestock, fish, and humans."

 

Wisconsin's 2010-2012 AIS Report ot the Legislature

From WI Statutes, chapter 23: ...non-indigenous species whose introduction causes, or is likely to cause, economic harm, environmental harm or harm to human health.

Vilas County's Invasive Species Strategic Plan 2014-2019

Vilas County's Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Vilas County's Terrestrial Invasive Species Program

Aquatic Invasive Species:

Species information:

--- Asian clam

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Banded mystery snail

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Big eared radix

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Brazilian waterweed

----- MIPN fact sheer

 

--- Brittle naiad

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Brittle water nymph

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- Chinese mystery snail

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D


--- Curly-leaf pondweed (CLP) 
----- WDNR Fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D
----- 
WI waters with CLP

----- Vilas waters with CLP

 

---Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM)
----- WDNR fact sheet

----- MIPN fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D
----- WI waters with EWM

----- Vilas waters with EWM

 

--- European frogbit

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- European waterclover

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- Faucet snail

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Flowering rush

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

----- Fact sheet, Vilas Land & Water Conservation Dept.

 

--- Garden loosestrife

----- Fact sheet, Vilas Land & Water Conservation Dept.

 

--- Hydrilla 
----- WDNR fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

----- MIPN fact sheet
----- WDNR photo gallery

 

--- Indian swampweed

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- Japanese knotweed

----- WDNR fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

--- New Zealand mudsnail

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Parrot feather

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- Phragmites

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

----- Fact sheet, Vilas Land & Water Conservation Dept.

----- WDNR control methods

 

--- Pond water starwort

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- Purple loosestrife
----- WDNR fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D
----- WDNR photo gallery 
----- WDNR bio-control

 

--- Rainbow smelt (RS)
----- WDNR fact sheet 

----- Suitability map
----- UW Limnology

 

--- Reed manna grass

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- Rusty crayfish

----- WDNR fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

----- WI waters with RC

----- Vilas waters with RC

----- Suitability map
----- UW Limnology


--- Spiny waterflea (SWF)
----- WDNR fact sheet
----- WI waters with SWF 

----- Vilas waters with SWF
----- UW Limnology

 

--- Starry stonewort

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Swamp stonecrop

----- MIPN fact shet

 

--- Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) 
----- WDNR rules 
----- WDNR news

 

--- Water chestnut

----- MIPN fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Water hyacinth

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- Water lettuce

----- MIPN fact sheet

 

--- Yellow floating heart

----- MIPN fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

 

--- Yellow iris

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D

----- Fact sheet, Vilas Land & Water Conservation Dept

 

--- Zebra Mussels (ZM) 
----- WDNR fact sheet

----- Fact sheet, Skawinski, Golden Sands RC&D
----- WI waters with ZM

----- Vilas waters with ZM
----- Suitability map 
----- UW Limnology

 

 

Vilas County AIS Partnership

 

WDNR Grant programs

----- AIS grant ranking criteria

------------ Established Population Control grants (revised 2012)

------------ Education, Planning & Prevention grants (revised 2012)

 

2013 CBCW Data Summaries: Detailed day of week 2013 CBCW data summaries for each of the following landings can be viewed by clicking on the lake names below:

--- Anvil Lake
--- Ballard Lake

--- Big Arbor Vitae Lake (north landing)

--- Big Lake (Hwy K)

--- Big Muskellunge Lake (Hwy N landing)

--- Big Portage Lake

--- Big Sand Lake

--- Big St. Germain Lake

--- Black Oak Lake

--- Catfish Lake

--- Clear Lake

--- Crab Lake

--- Deerskin Lake

--- Eagle Lake

--- Fence Lake

--- Found Lake

--- Island Lake

--- Kentuck Lake (campground landing)

--- Kentuck Lake (town landing)

--- Lac Vieux Desert (Thunder Bay landing)

--- Little Arbor Vitae Lake

--- Little Crawling Stone Lake

--- Little St. Germain Lake

--- Long Lake

--- Lost Lake

--- Muskellunge Lake (Cloverland)

--- North Twin Lake (Hwy 17 landing)

--- Plum Lake (Razorback Road landing)

--- Plum Lake (town landing)

--- Rest Lake

--- Star Lake (East campground)

--- Van Vliet Lake

--- White Sand Lake (Lac du Flambeau)

--- Wild Rice Lake

--- Yellow Birch Lake

 

Vilas County Town Lakes Committees:

Creation of Town Lakes Committees was an early objective of the Vilas County AIS program. With over 1,300 lakes spread across 15 municpilities, subregionalizing the county into managble groups likely to have similar priorities was the objective of town committees.

A county-wide study of property values revealed that, on average, 70% of the county's tax base was waterfront property. Town boards were made aware of the importance of protecting and preserving lakes and encouraged to provide assistance to local lake organizations through creating and supporting Town Lakes Committees as standing advisory groups to town government.

Response to the idea was inconsistant by town boards and lake organizations alike, but many towns were successful in establishing highly effective and very productive lakes committees that have since proven to be the backbone of the county AIS partnership. As a result of these committees, there are now more town boards with lake management issues on their meeting agendas than at any time prior.

WDNR AIS grant awards have become an important aspect of many town lakes committees. A summary of projects and funding awards is provided elsewhere on this page.

 

Watercraft Inspection (Clean Boats, Clean Waters) program:

The intent of the state-wide "Clean Boats, Clean Waters" watercraft inspection program (originally developed in 2004 as a class project at the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Middle School in Oneida County) is to change boater behavior through direct contact with transient boaters at public boat launch sites. The state-wide program is coordinated from the University of Wisconsin, Steven Point at the office of the University of Wisconsin - Extension Lakes.

Vilas County volunteers (more recently augmented with paid personnel) have donated thousands of hours annually inspecting boats and talking to boaters about the importance of good boater hygiene. The collective effort of this program state-wide is credited with raising public awareness of AIS and reducing their spread.

General information about the program can be found by clicking HERE.

Lake by lake, county by county and state-wide historical data reflecting participation in the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program can be found by clicking HERE.

Vilas County recent three year annual CBCW raw data can be found by clicking HERE (SLOW DOWNLOAD).

 

 

WDNR AIS Grants program

The WDNR administers an AIS grant program to the extent that such funding is included in the State biannual budget approved by the Legislature. Between 2004 and 2006, the total statewide AIS grant budget increased from $500,00 to $1,500,000 per year. The 2007-2009 budget made slightly over $4,000,000 available annually to support AIS progrtams state-wide.

For detailed explanations of the WDNR AIS grant program, click HERE.

Vilas County project sponsors have made good use of the AIS grant program. The following summarizes awards since creation of the Vilas County AIS Partnership in 2004. The table does not include Lake Planning grant awards for proactive AIS projects such as conducting lake studies and developing lake management plans.

Grant
Cycle

Grant 
Number

Project
Sponsor

Grant
Award

Project
Description

2004 - Aug

ALPL-001-05

Vilas County

$158,588

County AIS Coordinator

2006 - Feb

AEPP-034-06

Town of Manitowish Wtrs

$25,936

Education, Prev & Planning

2006 - Feb

AEPP-037-06

Town of Lac du Flambeau

$14,153

CBCW, Educ & Lk. Mntring

2006 - Feb

AEPP-041-06

Town of St. Germain

$15,195

CBCW, Educ & Lk. Mntring

2006 - Feb

AEPP-043-06

Town of Washington

$1,150

CBCW training

2006 - Feb

AEPP-048-06

Town of Cloverland

$4,987

CBCW inspections

2006 - Aug

AEPP-057-07

Long Lake Association

$3,950

Long & Big Sand APM Plans

2007 - Feb

AEPP-077-07

Town of St. Germain

$8,775

Awareness, Prev. Early Det.

2007 - Feb

AEPP-078-07

Town of Manitowish Wtrs

$16,816

Awareness, Prev. Early Det.

2007 - Feb

AEPP-081-07

Town of Winchester

$3,800

Signs & awareness

2007 - Feb

AEPP-083-07

Town of Lac du Flambeau

$20,393

CBCW, awareness, educ.

2007 - Feb

AEPP-088-07

Town of Washington

$3,976

Awareness, Prev. Early Det.

2008 - Feb

AEPP-122-08

Town of Presque Isle

$45,255

Aquatic plant management planning

2008 - Feb

AEPP-123-08

Town of Boulder Junction

$6,072

Gresham Lakes EWM trtmnt monitoring

2008 - Feb

AEPP-129-08

Town of St. Germain

$14,000

AIS Education, prevention & planning

2008 - Feb

AEPP-130-08

Town of Lac du Flambeau

$33,666

AIS Education, prevention & planning

2008 - Feb

AEPP-141-08

Town of Manirowish Waters

$12,259

AIS Education, prevention & planning

2008 - Feb

AEPP-148-08

Black Oak Lake Association

$21,021

AIS Education, prevention & planning

2008 - Feb

AEPP-163-08

Lac du Flambeau Chippewa

$52,500

Invasive species media education

2008 - Feb

ACEI-036-08

Lower E.R. Chain of Lakes

$63,007

EWM monitoring

2008 - Feb

ACEI-037-08

Lower E.R. Chain of Lakes

$75,000

EWM management implementation

2008 - Feb

ACEI-038-08

N & S Twin Lakes Assoc.

$54,435

EWM Management - phase 1

2008 - Feb

ACEI-039-08

N & S Twin Lakes Assoc.

$74,996

EWM Management - phase 2

2008 - Feb

ACEI-046-08

Big Sand Lake Association

$74,213

EWM management

2008 - Feb

ACEI-050-08

Lower E.R. Chain of Lakes

$23,355

EWM chemical residual monitoring

2008 - Fall

AEPP-180-09

Town of Plum Lake

$4,226

AIS Education

2008 - Fall

AEPP-185-09

Town of Presque Isle

$12,919

AIS Education & Prevention

2008 - Fall

ACEI-054-09

Gresham Lakes Association

$68,266

EWM management

2008 - Fall

ACEI-057-09

Lower Eagle Chain Comm.

$146,551

EWM management

2008 - Fall

RAPID RESP.

Town of Arbor Vitae

$10,000

Arrowhead Lake EWM

2008 - Fall

RAPID RESP.

Town of Winchester

$10,000

Harris Lake CLP

2009 - Feb

AEPP-188-09

Town Cloverland

$138,269

Lake planning

2009 - Feb

AEPP-191-09

Town of Lac du Flambeau

$44,708

AIS CB/CW, education, lake monitoring

2009 - Feb

ACEI-065-09

Little St. Germain Lake

$50,000

EWM AND CLP management

2009 - Feb

RAPID RESP.

City of Eagle River

$17,927

Silver Lake EWM

2009 - Feb

RAPID RESP.

Lac Vieux Desert

$19,999

Lac Vieux Desert EWM

2009 - Fall

ACEI-069-10

Little St. Germain Lake

$101,043

EWM AND CLP management

2009 - Fall

ACEI-071-10

Long Lake of Phelps

$69,710

EWM management

2009 - Fall

AEPP-216-10

Town of Presque Isle

$100,000

Public Awareness, Education & Prev.

2010 - Feb

AEPP-223-10

Eagle River Chain Assoc.

$5,284

CB/CW coordination

2010 - Feb

AEPP-231-10

Town of Lac du Flambeau

$22,000

CB/CW, Education, Monitoring

2010 - Feb

ACEI-075-10

Lower Eagle Chain Comm.

$125,369

EWM Management

2010 - Feb

ACEI-078-10

Big Sand Lake Association

$50,940

EWM Management

2010 - Feb

ACEI-079-10

N&S Twin Lakes Association

$68,730

EWM Management

2010- Feb

ACEI-084-10

Center for Limnology

$143,000

Rainbow smelt control research project

2010 - Aug

AEPP-261-11

Vilas County LWCC

$101,385

AIS Education, Prevention, Planning

2010 - Aug

ACEI-085-11

Lower Eagle Chain Comm.

$136,507

EWM Management

2010 - Aug

RAPID RESP.

Island Lake

$10,000

Island Lake CLP

2011 - Aug
ACEI-103-12
Lower Eagle Chain Comm.
$90,508
EWM Management
2011 - Aug
ACEI-106-12
Boot Lake Association
$24,397
EWM Management
2011 - Aug RAPID RESP
Manitowish Chain of Lakes Association
$20,000
CLP Management
2011 - Aug RAPID RESP
Kentuck Lake P&R Dist.
$20,000
EWM Management
2012 - Feb
AEPP-351-12
N. Lakeland Discovery Center
$49,984
AIS Education, Prevention, Planning
2012 - Aug
AEPP-374-13
N. Lakeland Discovery Center
$32,279
AIS & Mgmnt Planning
2012 - Aug RAPID RESP
Town of Washington - Anvil Lake
$20,000
EWM Management
2012 - Aug RAPID RESP
Cisco Chain Ass'n. - Big Lake
$20,000
EWM Management
2012 - Aug RAPID RESP
Lac Vieux Desert Lk Assn
$20,000
EWM &CLP Management
2013 - Feb AEPP-385-13
North Lakeland Discovery Center
$33,184
Manitowish Chain of Lakes Management Planning and AIS Project
2013 - Feb AEPP-142-13
Vilas County Land and Water Conservation
$100,000
AIS Project
2013 - Feb ACEI-136-13
North & South Twin Lakes Riparian Assoc
$20,695
AIS Control and Prevention Project
2013 - Feb ACEI-141-13
Board of Regents of the UW System
$147,028
Whole-lake Mixing to Remove Invasive Rainbow Smelt in Crystal Lake, WI
2013 - Aug AEPP-409-14
North Lakeland Discovery Center
$42,775
AIS - Education, Prevention & Planning
2013 - Aug ACEI-144-14
Unified Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Commission
$122,577
AIS - Established Population Control
2013 - Aug CBCW-001-13
Little St. Germain Lake P&R District
$1,950
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-002-13
Found Lake Property Owners Association
$3,915
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-003-13
Big Portage Lake Association
$3,915
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-004-13
North/South Twin Lakes Riparian Association
$1,950
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-006-13
Kentuck Lake P&R District
$2,625
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-009-13
Muskellunge Lake Association
$1,950
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-011-13
Big Arbor Vitae Lake Association
$1,950
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-012-13
ERCLA - Yellow Birch Lake
$1,950
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-013-13
Anvil Lake Association
$1,950
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-015-13
Town of Plum Lake
$16,000
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-016-13
Lac Vieux Desert Lake Association 
$2,805
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-017-13
Long Lake of Phelps District
$2,355
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-018-13
Deerskin Lake Association
$2,625
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-019-13
Crab Lake Conservation Foundation
$1,800
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-020-13
Black Oak Lake Preservation Foundation
$4,000
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-021-13
Town of Presque Isle
$2,438
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-022-13
Big Sand Lake Property Owners Association
$1,950
Clean Boats Clean Waters
2013 - Aug CBCW-026-13
Big St. Germain Area Lake District
$4,000
Clean Boats Clean Waters
      $3,107,885  

 

Links to miscellaneous AIS information


AIS grants eligibility (Qualified Lake Association explanatation)

AIS laws & penalties summary

AIS plants watch list

AIS publications & materials available from WDNR

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission invasive species information website

Lakes Partnership website (UWEX-WDNR-WAL)

NR 40 (WI invasive species classification and rules)

NR 107 (rules for chemical control of aquatic plants)

NR 109 (rules for mechanical control of aquatic plants)

Vilas County AIS Partnership plan

Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species

 

 

 

Terrestrial Invasive Species:

Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership (WHIP)

 

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Lake organizations

Website links:
--- Annabelle Lake
Association

--- Anvil Lake Association

--- Armour Lake (Friends Of)

--- Big Bass Lakeowners Association

--- Big Portage Lake Rioarian Owners Association

--- Black Oak Lake Preservation Foundation

--- Cisco Chain Riparian Owners Association

--- Cranberry Lake Association

--- Forest Lake Association

--- Gresham Lakes Association

--- Harris Lake Association
--- Kentuck Lake P&R District

--- Lac du Flambeau Town Lakes Committee
--- Little St. Germain Lake P&R District
--- Long Lake of Phelps P&R District

--- Manitowish Waters Lakes Association

--- Muskellunge Lake Association

--- North & South Twin Lakes Riparian Association

--- Shishebogama Lake Association

--- Unified Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes Commission

--- Vilas County Lakes & Rivers Association

--- White Sand Lake Association

 

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Shoreland management 

Click to visit An Introduction to the Waterfront Property Stewardship Plan Modules

We recommend you use native plant species for your shoreland re-vegetation projects:
--- Recommended UPLAND plant species 
--- Recommended WETLAND plant species

 

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Wildlife programs

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Youth activities

Education is a critical element of the conservation effort at the local, state and national levels. Education our youth ensures that the next generation will be wise stewards of our natural resources.

Wisconsin Land & Water Conservation Association Annual Conservation Poster Contest 

--- 2014 Poster contest entry form




 

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