The Lakes in Action advocacy workshop will provide you the advocacy skills you need. You’ll learn best practices, how to build an advocacy campaign, how to craft your message to the proper audiences, as well as just what you can do as a nonprofit organization under the label of lobbying. Plus, we’ll pay special attention to what you can and cannot do as an organization during an election year such as 2020. Through presentations, discussions, and roleplaying you’ll leave a better advocate and be able to lead your lake or river organization to become one as well.
Presenter: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes
Climate change is impacting lakes in a variety of ways and we, as lake stewards and managers, can help lakes be more resilient in the face of change. This workshop will give participants enough background on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies to begin applying these concepts to individual lakes of interest. Participants will then be led through activities to identify which impacts their lakes might be most vulnerable to and adaptation strategies they might employ. The ideas generated throughout the workshop could become the seeds of future climate adaptation plans for lakes in Wisconsin.
Great Lakes and Mississippi River Monitoring Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Katie Hein, Lake Monitoring Technical Lead, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Danielle Shannon, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science
Volunteers are an integral part of our Lakes Partnership and many local agencies and organizations count on volunteers to make specific projects successful. However, few people are trained in the fine art and science of volunteer coordination. This workshop will provide participants with best leadership practices and practical advice for recruiting, orienting, engaging, and recognizing volunteers.
Presenter: Michele Miller, Student Employment and Volunteer Coordinator, UW-Stevens Point
This workshop serves to train volunteers to monitor mussels, but anyone with an interest in learning more about mussels is welcome to join. Classroom instruction will cover native mussel ecology, habitat, threats, and resiliency. Participants will also learn hands-on, how to identify native mussels using shell specimens collected from Wisconsin's lakes and rivers. We will focus on distinguishing mussels with similar growth forms and the differentiating habitats they occupy. This workshop will cover the guidelines for completing a mussel monitoring survey, as well as address the latest updates on mussel monitoring and research.
Jesse Weinzinger, Conservation Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Lisie Kitchel, Conservation Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Join Healthy Lakes & Rivers team members to learn about the statewide initiative launched in 2015. We will share Wisconsin's updated 2019 Healthy Lakes & Rivers Action Plan, the five best practices to improve habitat and control runoff described within it, and tips for marketing and communicating local efforts. Please note: we will briefly cover the grant/funding aspects. A simultaneous and separate surface water grant workshop is a better fit if you are mostly interested in grant funding and administration.
This workshop is intended for lake and river group leaders and partners interested in doing Healthy Lakes & Rivers projects and professionals positioned to promote and support them. There will be plenty of time for questions, and existing participating property owners will be encouraged to share their experiences.
Pamela Toshner, Healthy Waters Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resouces
Tom Onofrey, Zoning Administrator, Marquette County
Dave Ferris, County Conservationist, Burnett County
Healthy Lakes Project Manager, Lake Minnesuing Sanitary District