Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership

We collaborate with our program partners: Niagara Escarpment Resource Network, Lake Michigan Stakeholders,Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area, Friends of Hika Bay, Branch River, East & West Twin Rivers, Crescent Beach, Climate Change Coalition and Manitowoc River Watershed citizen groups to improve the health of our ground and surface waters and surrounding landscapes.
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" ...coursework in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship ... " What could be better than that?

If you've always wanted to be a Wisconsin Master Naturalist, here's your chance to get the required training. The 40-hour course, taught by Drew Morris and Jim Buchholz at Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, is open for registration now; classes begin in May. Scholarships are available to defray the cost of enrollment.

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LNRP was well represented at the ribbon cutting for UW-Manitowoc's $7 million renovation earlier this month. The joint county-state project improved the science labs, library, art labs, and commons area.

Some improvements will benefit UW-Manitowoc's Lakeshore Water Institute, which LNRP - along with the Friends of Hika Bay and Friends of Manitowoc River Watershed - founded on campus in 2009. The Institute trains student interns to conduct water tests, collect and analyze data at Hika Bay Park and several area creeks and rivers that flow into Lake Michigan. http://manitowoc.uwc.edu/community/lakeshore-water-institute

"Today is a day about hope, the best sort of hope, because it's about the next generation," said Dr. Ray Cross, UW System President, in his remarks at the ceremony. Also on hand were county officials, system reps, faculty, former campus dean, students and community members.
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We're glad to help the River Alliance of Wisconsin promote its Wild & Scenic Film Festival on April 18 at Green Bay's fabulous Meyer Theatre. Watching these beautiful, substantive films is a good way to remind ourselves what we're all fighting to protect. If you're in the Madison area, an earlier Wild & Scenic Film Festival is scheduled for March, 21.https://www.wisconsinrivers.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Green-Bay-2018-Wild-Scenic-FB-Event-cover-1.pnghttps://www.wisconsinrivers.org/wildandscenic-greenbay/
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"We never knew how much of a problem cigarette butts were until we started cleaning them up."

LNRP and the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership are proud to play a role in the formation of a promising new collaboration of Sheboygan area friends groups committed to improving and protecting their neighborhoods.

The Friends of Sheboygan's Lakeshore Collaborating Partnerships (working title) met at Maywood Environmental Park last week to discuss how they can jointly clean beaches and rivers, control invasive species, enhance habitats, and organize outreach and educational events.

Among those in attendance were representatives of the Friends of North Point, Friends of King Park, Friends of Peace Park, the Audubon Society, as well as reps from the City of Sheboygan DPW and Planning Departments, Police, and Neighborhood Associations.

That quote at the top is from Laura Klemm, who shared stories from last year's Friends of North Point beach clean-up. Cigarettes are non-degradable and thus last forever in any body of water. With help from the Alliance of Great Lakes, Klemm's group tracked all collected garbage - down to the last cigarette butt - because that can inspire educational campaigns and maybe affect policy. Twenty people took part in that cleanup, which netted 22 pounds of garbage.

Watch this space for an announcement about the new group's spring plans.
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“Soil is alive and we need to treat it that way.”

I’m attending a daylong conference on soil health in Manitowoc. Knox’s Silver Valley banquet hall is packed with local farmers and those who love them.

We're all hear to learn why we must treat soil like the crucial organic entity it is, because right now there is too much erosion, runoff, and stresses on our groundwater, according to Amanda Cordova from Manitowoc County’s Soil & Water Conservation Dept.

“But when we all work together we can get things done,” Cordova said. “If you improve soil health you will improve fertility and water quality, and increase organic matter, carbon storage, and profits.”

The event is sponsored by UW Manitowoc County Ext., Manitowoc Cty Soil & Water Conservation, the Forage Council Land & Water Stewardship Committee. - Nanette
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Thank you Jim Knickelbine and Carl Schwartz for teaching us so much about our winged friends and their value to the ecosystem last weekend. The two, along with LNRP's Jim Kettler, spoke on "Enhancing Habitat for Birds, Bees & Butterflies" in Two Rivers on Saturday.

Carl Schwartz, a founder of Bird City Wisconsin, talked about the work being done by Wisconsin's 107 designated "Bird Cities" to protect birds from their various threats. The most deadly are free-range cats - which kill 2.4 billion birds every year - and clear windows, which kill 600 million. He shared information on how interested communities who love birds and want to protect them, can become a bird city.

Jim Knickelbine, director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center, discussed the value of pollinators like butterflies and bees which, like birds, have been declining in numbers, mostly due to loss of habitat and food sources. The world's population of Monarch butterflies is down 15% from last year, he said. Good ways to help birds and pollinators survive include getting rid of invasive species on your property, replacing non-native flowers and shrubs with native ones, and adding more shrubs and bushes, which give winged creatures good places to hide and nest.

The program was sponsored by Friends of the Twin Rivers Watershed, Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed and LNRP.