Western U.P. Invasive Species Conference held at Young’s, Chicaugon Lake

Conference attendees boarded pontoon boats for Chicaugon Lake invasive species inspection.

IRON RIVER—Nearly 90 people from Northern Wisconsin, Lower Michigan and many counties in Upper Michigan participated in the Western Peninsula Invasive Species Conference held July 23 at the Young’s facility on Chicaugon Lake.
    Utilizing professionals from Michigan State University Extension Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and local representatives from Perch, Ellen and Paint lakes in Iron County and Langford and Duck lakes in Gogebic County and several other speakers, attendees were able to hear and discuss how technology, awareness, education and cooperation are being used locally to prevent and control terrestrial and aquatic invasive species.  
    Afterward, many participants were able to join a boat tour of Chicaugon Lake to get a first-hand look at the progress made against invasive Eurasian watermilfoil as well as the damage being done by invasive zebra mussels.
    The conference was co-sponsored by the 400-member Invasive Species Control Coalition of Watersmeet and the 250-member Iron County Lakes and Streams Partnership, both of which are open to anyone who appreciates the value of local lakes and streams.
    Membership includes individuals, businesses, groups and students.  In recent years, these two groups along with other similar Upper Peninsula groups have joined their talents and resources to present a number of educational events as well as to execute numerous field prevention and control projects.