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Zebra Mussel Response Planning Meeting Minutes Florence Natural Resource Center Thursday, November 11, 2010 Attendees: Kevin Gauthier (WDNR), Maureen Ferry (Florence Cty Land Conservation Department), Ruth Cassens (Town of Fern, Patten Lake Association), Bob Macaux (Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes Association), Cary Anderson (Florence County Lakes and Rivers Association and Keyes Lake Improvement Association), Wayne Lindsley (Lake Association of Long Lake), Ken Johnson (Keyes Lake Improvement Association and Town of Commonwealth), Ann Hruska (Dickinson Conservation District), Corrine Miller (Keyes Lake Improvement Association), Charley Stephenson (Florence Mining Journal), and Dean Premo (Whitewater Associates) Kevin Gauthier began the meeting with an update of progress made in moving forward with the three component zebra mussel response planning project since the last meeting: 1) Keyes Lake Management Plan Keyes Lake Improvement Association has chosen Dean Premo, from Whitewater Associates, to assist with and help complete a Keyes Lake Management Plan. The adaptive plan will be an multi-year, multi-phase effort studying invasive species (zebra mussels will be priority), water quality, watershed, shorelands, and fisheries, among others. 2) Research Mike Bozek, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, has agreed to become part of project and guide a graduate study/student. Research will likely encompass a case study of Keyes Lake and regional research on zebra mussel lakes that may look at zebra mussel habitat, impacts, age structure, food web dynamics, and predator/prey relationships as possibilities. Research will be tailored to provide zebra mussel management guidance. 3) Education and outreach Comments received from the zebra mussel response planning project committee follow- up document will be used to guide discussion later in meeting in setting education and outreach priorities for project. Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition (WRISC) co- chairs? Maureen Ferry and Ann Hruska will be leading the effort for this component of the project. Lumberjack RC&D Council, Inc. was contacted as a potential project sponsor. Project leads will follow-up as necessary in the coming weeks to try and finalize project sponsorship. Dean Premo has agreed; to not only lead the Keyes Lake Management Planning effort, but also to serve as overall project lead. Dean will be coordinating efforts and preparing the project proposal for Feb 1 and will help guide overall efforts throughout project. Maureen Ferry discussed a youth smart prevention workshop held on Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010 with Florence (Florence, WI) and Forest Park (Crystal Falls, MI) high school students. Students were presented the Keyes Lake zebra mussel discovery and regional zebra mussel lake information. They were then given defined community roles to play, a set sum of money available, and prevention and containment activities to choose from in coming up with solutions to regional zebra mussel prevention and containment. Maureen summarized the comments received and these comments also helped guide discussion. Overall, students were engaged in this activity, made good and interesting decisions, and appreciated an opportunity to provide input on a real-life scenario, especially given the fact the “real” planning committee meeting was the following day. The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing and prioritizing feedback from the follow-up document. 1) Project area – defined as the Menominee River watershed 2) Project purpose statement – key concepts were generated and summarized around: increase education and awareness, increase prevention and containment, weave in research and applicability to management, local concern (Keyes lake is the “poster child” - plan/manage local zebra mussel population). Dean will take this list and generate a project statement for the proposal. 3) Goals (for outreach and education component) – prevention and containment of AIS (or just zebra mussels) through education and monitoring. 4) Outreach and education project scoping: a) Trainings/workshops – There will be three project kick-off/lake ecology/zebra mussel workshops the first year of project. There will be another series of three meetings the second year of the project. Dickinson County (MI), Iron County (MI) and Florence County (WI) will each host these annual meetings. There will also be secondary trainings for aquatic invasive species (AIS) and native biota (loons, mussels, amphibians, plants, etc). b) Watercraft inspections/boat washes – Inspection hours will be focused on source waters for a minimum of 200 hours per landing. Boat washes were also prioritized for source waters. c) Monitoring – Volunteer monitors will be trained and supplies with substrate samplers and aqua scopes. Agency staff will perform veliger tows to detect larvae. Scuba divers will perform adult detection. d) Other potential project partners for this component were discussed and include the Ottawa National Forest and the Western U.P. Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area. Each program component lead will work with Dean on moving forward with project specifics in finalizing a proposal for Feb 1. There will likely be a follow-up meeting with program leaders after Dec 1. Respectfully submitted, Maureen Ferry and Kevin Gauthier.
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