Northwoods Six-County Lakes meeting to be held at Nicolet College

For the Tomahawk Leader

RHINELANDER – Lake group leaders and members from six northern Wisconsin counties will convene for a discussion of water resource issues next month.

The Northwoods Six-County Lakes meeting will be held at Nicolet College, 5364 College Dr., Rhinelander, on Friday, July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The meeting will feature a panel of experts involved with enforcing laws and regulations that address boating and safety, shoreland zoning, short-term property rentals, fish and game rules and general outdoors-related activity.

The panelists are Karl Jennrich, Director, Oneida County Planning and Zoning; Erika Roeder, Administrator, Iron County Zoning; Darren Kuhn, Conservation Officer, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR); Grady Hartman, Sheriff, Oneida County (or designee); and a Wisconsin DNR Conservation Warden (to be announced).

The meeting will also include an update on state government policy related to water given by Mike Engleson, Executive Director of Wisconsin Lakes; an update on invasive zebra mussels and spiny water flea from Gretchen Gerrish, Director of the UW Center for Limnology’s Trout Lake Research Station; and a presentation on loons and lead poisoning given by Mark Naniot, Director of Rehabilitation at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.                            

There will be time for a question-and-answer session, during which attendees will have the opportunity raise issues of specific concern to their lakes.

Master of ceremonies for the meeting will be Eric Olson, Director of UW-Extension Lakes.

Exhibits will be offered by area educational, nonprofit and government organizations. Attendees are expected from Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, and Iron counties.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association ( and the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association ( No pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Ted Rulseh at 920-242-8671 or [email protected]; or Tom Ewing at 630-985-8472 or [email protected].

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