Dennis Clagett (Chair), Mark Zich, Mike Gardner, Randy and Diane Hulke,
by Dennis Clagett
The program got its beginning from a USDA grant applied for and executed by Erik Olsen and the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College submitted as
The Chippewa Flowage Invasive Species Education Initiative: Its primary goal survey the entire shoreline (including islands), documenting locations and quantities of purple loosestrife. Reveling that in 2006-7 there were massive amounts of PL!
When the grant was completed in 2008 Erik contacted me as to would I be interested in utilizing the remaining maps, forms, education materials etc. We said yes, and that was the beginnings of our current Adopt-A-Shoreline program now in its 14th year.
The first years our small band of dedicated volunteers removed 100’s of garbage bags of purple loosestrife flower-heads and plants annually. Individuals or teams “adopt” a section or two of the available 39, surveying and removing this invasive plant.
This year our volunteers removed 29 30-gal garbage bags to place in landfills. Thank you all for your remarkable dedication.