Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Effects of Drought on Minnesota Forests

The extreme drought covering much of Minnesota is weakening trees in our forests.  Listen to the clip below to hear Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer speak with Lee Felich, director the University of Minnesota's Center for Forest Ecology, about the effect of the drought on our trees.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Forum on Challenges Minnesota Lakes Face Today

An invitation from COLA to all area lake residents.

Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations will sponsor an informative meeting with Jeff Forester, executive director of MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates, in place of our monthly COLA meeting on Thursday, September 27th, at the Northwood's Bank Community Room.

The meeting will start with a meet and greet social at 5:30 p.m. and Jeff's presentation will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.  He will discuss what is happening in our state concerning our lakes and rivers and how we can work together to protect them for present and future generations.

Click here to see the flyer from COLA

Fire Restrictions in our Area

The Minnesota DNR has issued the following news release about fire danger and restrictions that include our area:

Restrictions on campfire and open burning in northwestern and north-central Minnesota take effect Sunday

(Released September 19, 2012)
Because fire danger is high to very high across major portions of the state due to continued drought conditions, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is initiating burning restrictions in northwestern and north-central Minnesota, beginning at 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Continue reading here:
Restrictions on Campfire and Open Burning in Northwestern and North Central Minnesota

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Autumn "Adopt a Highway"

We invite all Long Lake residents to LLAA's Autumn "Adopt a Highway" Roadside Cleanup this Saturday, September 15th, at 2pm.  Meet at the intersection of Hwy. 87 and County Hwy. 20 (east side of the lake) on the short dirt road for assignments and supplies.  We will clean the seven mile stretch along County 20 between the two Long Lake Area Association "Adopt a Highway" signs.  This simple service project not only makes our area look better; it also helps environmentally by keeping trash from entering Long Lake and the surrounding landscape.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fall Colors

An early spring and a dry summer this year have combined to bring us early fall color.  Driving from Park Rapids to Bemidji yesterday we were surprised by how much more color change there has been away from the lake.  Itasca State Park is already reporting a 10 to 25 percent change in their shrubs and trees.

You can keep track of Itasca's fall color reports on this webpage:
Itasca State Park Fall Color Page

Or check here for fall color reports (including a list of events) for all of Minnesota:
Minnesota DNR Fall Color Reports

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Updated Data on Long Lake's Water Quality

Be sure to view the newly updated information, charts and graphs on our "Water Quality Data" page and then check it out again later this fall for the final update of 2012.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September 5th Zorbaz Night

Can you believe it is already September?  This Wednesday evening, September 5th, will be the last of this year's summer schedule for Zorbaz Night's.  Starting in October we go back to the first Saturday night of the month.

We hope to see you at Zorbaz:
Time:  6pm
Place:  Zhateau Zorbaz, located just north of Dorset on Co. Hwy. 7.