During the time of social distancing, MLR is offering a series of free webinars for anyone who wants to learn more about lakes, lake living and ways to protect our shared lake and river heritage. Click on the titles below to register for any one of these virtual events. Check your MLR emails for future webinar presentations as we will be adding more in the days to come.
MLR Summer Book Club - Online Book Club with MN Historical Society Authors
Most of us slow down at the lake enough to enjoy a good book. MLR has partnered with MN Historical Society Press to offer a LAKE LOVERS SUMMER BOOK CLUB.
With so many "staying at home" we are pushing up the schedule and offering it online.
Author Jeff Forester will lead a discussion on his book The Forest for the Trees, How Humans Shaped the Northwoods. It is the ecological history of the BWCA, starting with tribal fire regimes, pioneer logging, industrial logging, US Forest Service fire suppression, designation as wilderness, and a return to setting fires in the area following the 1999 blow down event.
As we head into what will be another fire season, the roots of our catastrophic fires can be found in research done in the BWCA about a half century ago along with potential solutions.
MLR Summer Book Club - Lost in the Wild - April 22nd, 10:00am CST, with Cary Johns Griffith
True survival odysseys of two wilderness trekkers who entered the woods in search of tranquility but found something else entirely.
In the wilderness, one false step can make the difference between a delightful respite and a brush with death.
On a beautiful summer afternoon in 1998, Dan Stephens, a 22-year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park. He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage—and did not return. More than four hours later, Dan awakened with a lump on his head from a fall and stumbled deeper into the woods, confused.
Three years later, Jason Rasmussen, a third-year medical student who loved the forest’s solitude, walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a crisp fall day. After a two-day trek into a remote area of the woods, he stepped away from his campsite and made a series of seemingly trivial mistakes that left him separated from his supplies, wet, and lost, as cold darkness fell.
Enduring days without food or shelter, these men faced the full harsh force of wilderness, the place that they had sought out for tranquil refuge from city life. Lost in the Wild takes readers with them as they enter realms of pain, fear, and courage, as they suffer dizzying confusion and unending frustration, and as they overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles in a race to survive. You can buy a copy of Lost in the Wild here.
In this webinar, you will learn about the Board of Water and Soil Resources’ One Watershed, One Plan program, and how you can get involved in developing ten-year plans to restore and protect local water resources. Through the program, partnerships identify the most important issues and places in the watershed, set goals for the future, and create action plans to meet those goals. While this is a local-government led process, lake associations and others have an important role to play in providing input and in helping implement the plans once they are approved.
Julie Westerlund is the One Watershed, One Plan Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. In her current role, she works with state and local partners to ensure local governments have the resources they need to create comprehensive action plans for managing watersheds across Minnesota. Prior to joining BWSR, Julie has worked as the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s Education and Communications Manager as well as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where she held several different positions, including Clean Water Fund coordinator, trout stream watershed coordinator, and fisheries research biologist. You may have seen Julie on the TPT program “Minnesota’s Lakes at Risk,” which was based on presentations she did for lake associations across Minnesota in the early 2000s.
Farmer Jim Chamberlain has been a leader in the emerging regnerative agriculture and soil health farming movement. In this webinar Jim will present an oveview of these practices, the impact these farm practices can have not only on water quality, but local communities, families and human health. Regenerative agriculture and soil health practices are also changing long established agricultural economic models. Jim Chamberlain will also let you know what lake home and cabin owners and Lake AssociAtions can do to support and advance this new model of agriculture as farmers work to not only raise food, but to do it in a way that protects our precious waters.
A healthy septic system saves money and protects water quality. This webinar by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will cover what you can do as an owner to make sure that your septic system operates at peak efficiency. This will reduce costs and extend useful life of the system. If you love the lake, making sure your septic system is functioning properly is probably the most important thing you can do to protect it for the future.
Enhanced wake technology, or wakeboard boats, use massive ballast tanks, a redesigned power train and huge engine to create large wakes that people can surf on. The surfer remains close to the boat and maximum speeds are perhaps 10 knots, so the surfer can talk with the passengers. These watercraft are quicklky becoming the most popular form of lake based recreation and represent one of the fastest growing sectors of the boating industry.
While they are fun, there is also risk. The massive wakes these boat put off can damage sensitive shorelines, docks and boats. They can imperil those in smaller watercraft. The thrust can go down 16 feet, destroying aquatic plants and churning up sediments. This webinar will introduce you to these boats, and cover the issues related to them.
And from the archives, but still relevant - see the recordings:
A great program that has expanded beyond Cass County - let's take it statewide. Learn how.
Looking to plan for the future of your lake home or cabin? Join attorney David Salter in the Cabin Trust Webinar. David is a long time MLR member with a family cabin - he gets family legacy!
Between 100 and 200 loons are killed every year in Minnesota from ingesting lead fishing tackle, and well and many swans and other waterfowl. The MPCA and MLR partnered to present this webinar on what you and your lake associatgion can do to promote using safe fishing tackle alternatives.
To protect Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links among lakes, lake advocates, and policy makers.
- Lead in efforts to fund and implement a comprehensive statewide plan to halt the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.
- Work to reform lakeshore Property Taxes to protect lakeshore from overdevelopment and to keep the lake legacy affordable for future generations.
- Strive to protect surface Water Quality in Minnesota with information and policy priorities.
- Work with policy makers to advocate Aquatic Habitat measures, and work with Lake Association members to implement aquatic plant management.
- Lead in advocating for strong Shoreline and Forestland Stewardship incentives.
- Offer Legacy Seminars to help ensure the treasured family heritage of time a the lake or in the woods with family can continue for generations to come.
MSRPO has become Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates to reflect our broadening mission and member concerns. We were formed in 1994 to represent recreational property owners at the State Capitol but have since represented all who are not only interested in property taxes but in the overall health and well being of their surrounding environment.
From a few cabins on Lake Vermilion, MLR has grown to represent over 6,000 families that own lakeshore and forestland. Their issues now include not only major tax reform, but water quality, shoreline regulations, habitat protection, forest fragmentation, and shoreline over-development.