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“The Manitowoc County Lakes Association will protect and enhance the quality of area lakes and watersheds for the benefit of all.”
On September 20th, 2018, the Manitowoc County Lakes Association meeting featured Pete Tarnowski, Senior Planner Manitowoc County Planning & Zoning Department and Reed Gaedtke, Code Administrator, speaking to an overflow attendance.  They presented how  the legislature changed Shoreland Zoning requirements and conditions in Shoreland Zoning Statewide in 2016.  The meeting took place at Meat’s Opera Haus in St. Nazianz. 
They addressed the history of the Manitowoc County Shoreland Zoning Ordinance with changes in specific requirements on impervious surfaces, non-conforming structures and mitigation.  The new standards adopted in 2016 are designed to continue to protect our waters.  If you live within 1000ft. of a lake or 300ft. from a stream you are subject to Shoreland Zoning and County or Town zoning. But many details concern everyone who enjoys and cares for clean water, boating, fishing, or swimming.  There were questions about sometimes narrow definitions of mitigation, for instance about watersheds, impermeable surfaces, the economic value of clean water esthetics, or potential pollution due to clearing of native vegetation closer than 35 feet to the ordinary high water mark (OHWM).  Pete and Reed highly recommend that if you are planning to do anything at your property within the 300/1000 ft setbacks that you give them a call and have a preliminary discussion with them prior to investing a lot of time and money with contractors and surveyors.  (You can find contact details in the power point presentation on the website www.manitowoccountylakesassociation.org)  
Shoreland zoning standards protect property values, as was shown in the following:  A study of over 1200 waterfront properties in Minnesota found when water clarity went down by 3 feet, waterfront property values around these lakes went down by tens of thousands to millions of dollars.

The whole presentation was an opportunity to better understand the conditions that apply to waterfronts.  The Shoreland Zoning is intended to protect the water bodies’ quality and shoreline from damaging development.  When a shoreline is clear cut, the shoreline bank is destabilized, resulting in loss of land.  In this event, soil erosion occurs and fish spawning beds are covered, fish habitat reduced, and algae growth is fed. Also, loss of shade from trees leads to warmer water temperatures, especially in streams.  We experience loss of habitat for birds, frogs and other wildlife, and loss of natural scenic beauty.
 Images of bluff erosion that illustrate the drama of the natural activity of our lakes show how these conditions can be mitigated to a  degree.  It is important that shoreline buffers be created or sustained, as the root system of many native plants protects the soil, unlike Blue Grass lawns, for instance.  It is most important that the Public should know if and how these legislative changes are protecting our public waters and our properties.
Some planned upgrades to the county Lake accesses were shown; for example driveway paving on Silver Lake,  bathroom and driveway paving on Long Lake, driveway paving, launch pier and lighting on Cedar Lake, launch pier,  boat ramp and driveway paving on Tuma Lake.

You may view the entire power point presentation on the website of the MANITOWOC COUNTY LAKES ASSOCIATION www.manitowoccountylakesassociation.org

Manitowoc County Attacks Phragmites
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Landowners in Manitowoc County are urged to take a walk on their property and look for phragmites.

It’s part of a massive county-wide effort to control the invasive plant, and it’s a free service.

On Friday, August 17, on some property in the Town of Cooperstown, a crew from Stantec is spraying phragmites, the invasive plant that arrived from the Green Bay area decades ago when I-43 was constructed.


The Manitowoc County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) wishes to inform hunting and non-hunting citizens about the status of the county deer herd, and to ask for their help in managing it. Each CDAC works with local DNR staff to schedule meetings, provide community outreach, seek public input, review population data and deer impacts on forests and agriculture, develop 3-year recommendations on county population objectives and create annual antlerless harvest quotas. The CDACs are made up of county citizens representing conservation groups and the interests of agriculture, transportation, forestry, and tourism. The CDAC gathers input from all these interests, and facts about the deer harvest, herd size and health from statistics compiled by DNR staff, to guide their outreach and recommendations on how to best manage the deer herd in the county.

What we have learned from these sources is that Manitowoc county is home to an abundant deer herd. We have also learned that the deer herd is not evenly distributed across our landscape. Some areas, especially the southern and eastern parts of the county, have very high deer densities, while much of the less-wooded western and northern sections have far fewer deer. Due to the abundant herd along the lakeshore, the metro unit has been expanded this year and will host an extended season. Please see the DNR website for the new boundaries of this unit.

While hunters and much of the general public enjoy seeing deer, a critical feature of deer herd health is carrying capacity. The longer a deer herd exceeds the carrying capacity of its environment, the more the habitat degrades, and the more susceptible the herd becomes to various threats to its health. We all know a chain is as strong as its weakest link. For deer, that weak link is a degraded habitat. A degraded habitat cannot support an abundant deer herd during a harsh winter. Degraded habitats also compromise overall deer health, which can affect fawn survival rates and make deer much more susceptible to disease. In short, a deer herd that stresses its carrying capacity it at risk of suffering a major reduction of its population. Sooner or later, mother nature will “correct” the imbalance and deer numbers will crash, possibly taking the herd many years to recover. An overabundant deer herd is simply not sustainable

An overabundant deer population also negatively impacts others who share their habitat. Deer winter browse has seriously degraded cedar and hardwood regeneration throughout the state, including our county. This threatens other native woodland species that rely on cedar and hardwoods for food, shelter or specialized habitats. It also threatens the future productivity—and even the survival–of many of our oak, maple and beech woodlots in the southern part of the county. Agricultural fields in areas with high deer density suffer notable losses in productivity.  High deer numbers have contributed to the significant rise of deer-auto collisions in the county over the last ten years.

It is also a basic reality of deer ecology that a balanced herd will weather almost anything mother nature can throw at it. It will be able to recover much more quickly after facing an unusually harsh winter or onset of disease. And in most years a balanced herd will keep producing generous numbers of deer for many to harvest or enjoy.

The best way to achieve a healthy and sustainable deer herd in our county is for hunters to harvest more does, especially in those areas of the county with high deer densities. If hunters are noticing a significant number of deer in the areas they hunt, or are hunting in the metro unit or the Kiel-Cleveland corridor in the southern part of the county, we ask that they consider harvesting one or more does for each buck they kill. Hunters are encouraged to share extra meat with friends or to donate deer to the Wisconsin Deer Donation program if the deer they harvest exceed the number they can reasonably process and eat (see DNR website for details). If you are a landowner in the county who doesn’t hunt, please consider allowing responsible hunters on your property. Lack of hunting access in our county has become a critical factor compromising the ability of hunters to play their important role in managing the deer herd.

Two final requests. The first is directed at educators in our county. Because of the important place of deer in our ecosystem, we ask educators to consider adding a section on deer ecology and the role of hunting in managing our deer herd to middle school and high school biology classes. This would be time well spent as we prepare future managers of our natural resources. The second is for hunters. Please be diligent in registering the deer you harvest. Your CDAC needs accurate numbers to guide its role in managing the deer herd.

In closing, please feel free to reach out to any members of your county CDAC with questions or comments. We would appreciate hearing from you as together we work to sustain a healthy deer herd for many years to come.

Manitowoc County Shooting Range Listing:

Clarks Mills Sportsmen’s Club
Sportsmen’s Lane Reedsville. WI 54230
Trap range only
Open to Public? Unknown

Kiel Fish and Game
22721 Fish and Game Rd. Kiel. WI 53042
Rifle and trap range
Open to public? Unknown

Manitowoc Gun Club
3112 Clover Rd. Manitowoc. WI 54220
Trap and Skeet range
Open to public? Unknown

Manitowoc Pistol and Rifle Club
7227 Sandy Hill Lane Two Rivers, WI 54341
Rifle and trap range
Open to public? Unknown

Maribel Sportsmen’s Club
8824 HWY 147 Maribel, WI 54227
Rifle and trap range
Open to public? Unknown

Reedsville Sportsmen’s Club
7015 Pleasant View Rd. Reedsville, WI 54230
Rifle and trap range
Open to public? Unknown

Viking Bow and Gun Club
13431 Rusch Rd. Valders, WI 54245
Rifle, trap, pistol and Sporting clays
Open to public? No

Whitelaw Sportsmens Club
423 North Hickory St. Whitelaw, WI 54247
Trap range only
Open to public? Unknown

Westshore Sportsmens Club
11267 Lakeshore Rd. Two Rivers, WI 54241
Rifle and trap range
Open to public? Unknown

Cleveland Fish and Game
14913 South Union Rd. Cleveland, WI 53015
Open to public? Unknown

Joe’s Clays and Guns
12720 HWY K Reedsville, WI 54230
Sporting clays range only
Open to public? Unknown

Edgewood Game Farm
8300 Edgewood Rd. Whitelaw, WI 54247
Trap range only
Open to public? Unknown

Thunderbird Game Farm
23119 Thunderbird Rd. Chilton, WI 53014
Sporting Clays range only
Open to public? Unknown

Got a wish list for outdoor recreation in Wisconsin? Let’s hear it!

Do you paddle? Hike? Love to observe birds and wildlife? Walk? Fish or hunt? What about camping? We at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources need to hear about what you like to do in Wisconsin’s great outdoors and what you believe is needed.

Please complete an online survey known for SCORP — that stands for Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. In other words, it’s a blueprint of sorts to help chart the future of outdoor fun and opportunities for all in Wisconsin’s great outdoors.



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