Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tree Farms Protect our Lake

Sam Erickson and his forest continue to help Long Lake even though Sam now lives in the town of Park Rapids.  See Sam's history entry for Long Lake.  (Click on the History page tab above to see Sam's history and other contributions to our history page.)

Did you know that Sam's 80 acre pine forest protects Long Lake?  In addition to filtering and purifying water, forests naturally regulate the timing and amount of water flow, which helps lessen flooding during heavy rainstorms.  Forests also help curb erosion and prevent excess nutrients from fertilizers from entering nearby bodies of water.

Privately owned woodlands around Long Lake like the White's, the Hooker's, and Sam Erickson's are very helpful in providing clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational activities, and producing wood for the paper products we all need, too.  To learn more about sustainable forestry go to the American Tree Farm System at http://www.treefarmsystem.org.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Endangered, Threatened, Special Concern Species List Updated

Long Lake Snapping Turtle - June 20, 2013
photos by LLKooyer
The Minnesota DNR has updated it's endangered species list for the first time since 1996.  Bald eagles, wolves, and snapping turtles have been removed from the list while other species have been added.
This link is to the (August 19, 2013) DNR news release:  MN DNR Endangered Species List Updated

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Monthly Email from LLAA

Arthur Howe has sent out the first of what are to become monthly emails to the people on LLAA's emailing list that is maintained by Barb Roberts.  If you would like to be added to the list, just contact Barb.  (brobertsmn@gmail.com)  You are invited to share the emails by forwarding them to your family and friends who may be interested in lake related subjects.  Likewise, if you are on the emailing list and wish to be removed, you can contact Barb.

Arthur's topic this month is "Long Lake Watercraft Inspections" and this is a copy of his email:
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Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:53 PM
Subject: Long Lake Watercraft Inspections

Earl (with clipboard) inspects another boat at the Hubbard boat ramp.

There have been 638 inspections at the north and south entrances of Long Lake as of July 7th. 54 boats came from lakes known to have invasive species. 6 of those lakes are infested with zebra mussels. 40 boats arrived with their drain plugs in, and there were 17 boats which had water in recesses in the boats. The educational process continues with each boat inspection.

News brought to you by the Long Lake Area Association:
LongLakeLiving.org and LongLakeLiving.org/Protect Our Lake page *

This e-mail is being sent to our membership list. We invite you to forward this e-mail to your family and friends.
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*On the Protect Our Lake page, at the bottom of the article about 2012's Inspection Program Statistics, is a link to the chart showing 2013's mid-year watercraft inspection statistics.